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DMFT 5037 - Suicide Prevention and Crisis Intervention


Suicide is one of the most dangerous actions in which depressed people engage that may, in fact, be preventable. This is true for those with suicidal ideation at all ages. This course will help the student learn how to identify the potential for suicide and how to respond and refer. Since suicide is often precipitated by situational crises, early intervention techniques, particularly the identification of suicide potential, is crucial. Suicide ideation is frequently seen in criminal defendants, especially those who make suicide attempts when first admitted to jail or prison. Suicide-by-cop and highly publicized intentional and random multiple shooting events will be studied to better understand the shooter’s motivations and early identification.
Effective suicide prevention and crisis intervention strategies will be explored.

Learning Outcomes:

As a result of taking this course, by the end of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Distinguish suicide facts from myths.
  • Identify effective suicide prevention efforts for various groups.
  • Describe assessment and intervention strategies for suicidal individuals and their families.
  • List helpful postvention efforts following a suicide.