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Recognizing and Responding to Suicide Risk in the Emergency Department


The Recognizing and Responding to Suicide Risk in the Emergency Department (RRSR-ED) is a one-day training program for Emergency Department (ED) personnel to improve skills in triaging, screening, assessing, treating and making discharge dispositions for patients at risk of suicide.  


The ED is the prime location for making life-saving interventions.  As many as one in 10 suicides are by people seen in the ED within two months of their deaths, many with non-psychiatric complaints. Using 2014 US data, this amounts to an estimated 4,300 suicides potentially prevented.  In addition, the number of annual ED visits for self-injury number in the hundreds of thousands; while the number of mental health visits amount to a multiple of that. 

The one-day training is designed for - MDs, RNs, PAs, and NPs who work in the emergency department.

Qualifications for trainer consideration:

  1. Terminal degree in clinical field preferred; minimum of at least a masters level degree in a mental health profession.
  2. Currently licensed to practice (provide evidence of current licensure).
  3. Minimum of five years as practicing clinician experience working in an emergency department or hospital inpatient units
  4. Evidence of knowledge of clinical suicidology (assessment; risk formulation; treatment approaches; emergency/crisis intervention; management; risk management), e.g. public presentations, workshop training, publications, supervision and/or training others, etc. on the subject.

The RRSR-ED training covers in-depth:

  • Triaging suicidal patients
  • Legal/ethical issues
  • Adult and pediatric patient issues
  • Recognizing suicide risk in patients who deny having suicide ideation
  • Suicide risk assessment
  • Development of treatment and discharge plans
  • Difficult to treat patients

The training meets Joint Commission recommendations, and offers extensive case applications and illustrative vignettes, as well as a training manual, references, resources, and a certificate of attendance.

CE credits are included with the training. Optional CME credits are available. 


Free Beta Test Training for Emergency Department Personnel in the Baltimore/Washington, DC area  

September 11, 2017, 8:30am-4:30pm

Johns Hopkins Medical Campus, downtown Baltimore, MD


To register for the Beta Testing contact – jtinch@suicidology.org or 202-237-2280.  Space is limited!  Includes free CME and CEU credits, as well as lunch and refreshments. 


*Hosted trainings are available Fall 2017 – contact Jennifer Tinch – jtinch@suicidology.org for fees and other information.* 


“This training is chock full of concepts, tips, amazing cases (and a wealth of them), and opportunities for interaction and experiential learning.  All ED personnel need this training.”

---Jon S. Berlin, MD, Associate Clinical Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine; 

Emergency Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin



The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) is a world-leader in developing and providing professional training programs to mental and physical health providers regarding suicidal individuals. 

Continuing Education 

 

Psychologists: The American Association of Suicidology is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The American Association of Suicidology maintains responsibility for the program and its content.   

 

Social Workers: Application is pending with the National Association of Social Workers 

Counselors: American Association of Suicidology has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5607. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. AAS is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.   

 

Physicians/Psychiatrists

ACCREDITATION: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of University of Utah and American Association of Suicidology. The University of Utah is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit: The University of Utah School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure: None of the faculty or planners or anyone in control of content for this continuing medical education activity have any relevant financial relationships since the content does not cover any products/services of a commercial interest; therefore, there are no relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

   
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