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Upcoming Webinars

Preventing Suicide Following Psychiatric Hospitalization: The Veterans Coping Long Term
with Active Suicide Program (CLASP)

March 16th, 2017
2:00 - 3:00PM EST

Free for AAS Members | $35 for Non-Members

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Suicide is one of the leading causes of death among military personnel. Veterans and military personnel account for 20% of all known suicides in the United States and 22 Veterans die of suicide every day. Although recent years have seen significant advances in our knowledge of efficacious treatments for many psychiatric disorders, the suicide rates in this country have not decreased substantially, and rates of suicide in Veteran populations continue to be unacceptably high. 

The period following discharge from a psychiatric hospitalization is a time of substantially increased suicide risk for Veterans [19].The highest risk period appears to be in the first month after discharge; yet elevated levels of risk for subsequent suicidal behavior remain up to one year post-discharge, with the risk of suicide increasing 30-60 fold in the 6 months following psychiatric discharge. Taken together, this research suggests the period following hospital discharge is a time of uniquely high risk for suicidal behavior, and that for maximum effectiveness, preventative efforts should focus on the period immediately following psychiatric hospitalization.

Supported by previous, we have developed a new intervention as an adjunct to community treatment, specifically designed to reduce suicidal behavior among high-risk populations. “Veterans Coping Long Term with Active Suicide Program” (CLASP) is an innovative, telephone-based intervention, which combines elements of individual psychotherapy, case management and significant other/family therapy. Pilot data on the CLASP intervention have been quite promising, with 40-50% reduction of subsequent suicide attempts compared to controls among patients admitted to a psychiatric hospital for suicide risk during the six months following hospital discharge. This webinar will describe the risk factors of suicide during the post-hospitalization period and will outline treatment strategies to target risk factors during the transition from inpatient to outpatient services.

Learning Objectives:
At the end of the talk, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the current state of knowledge regarding major risk factors for suicide behavior, with a specific focus on risk factors during the post-hospitalization period.
  2. Describe the essential elements of an empirically-supported intervention for preventing suicide in high risk patients.

Presenter Bio
Jennifer Primack is a licensed psychologist at the Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University Medical School. She is the Providence VAMC site lead for the Women’s Practice Based Research Network, is a member of the military suicide research consortium, and a member of the suicide prevention committee at the Providence VAMC.  Dr. Primack received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Clark University and completed her clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University. Her research focuses on depression and suicide prevention in Veterans. Her current research is funded by an HSR&D merit award.


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