Course Descriptions

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Locating and Understanding Data for Suicide Prevention

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Effective suicide prevention requires an understanding of the context in which suicide, suicide attempts, and suicidal ideation take place. This online course will introduce a number of readily-accessible sources of data that can help you understand the suicide problem in your state or community, as well as some key concepts that will help you select the data from these sources most useful for informing prevention activities. In this online course you will:

  • Learn to define and describe the strengths and limitations of the data on suicides, suicide attempts, and suicidal ideation
  • Learn to define a number of key concepts that are essential to selecting and interpreting data from the key sources of data on suicides, suicide attempts, and suicidal ideation
  • Explore eight readily accessible sources of data, find out what is available from each source, and Learn how to navigate one of these online databases
  • Learn how to organize the data obtained from these sources in a format that will help you use this information to inform prevention efforts and educate colleagues, partners, policymakers, and the community

This course can be completed in about an hour. You do not have to complete the course in one session. You can exit the course at any time and return later to the place where you left off.

If you complete this course, pass the post-test, and answer the participant feedback questions, you will receive a certificate of completion.

You will also be eligible to receive 2 Category I or 2 advanced-level Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH) in health education from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

If you would like us to offer additional kinds of continuing education credits in the future, please send your suggestions to sprctraining@edc.org.


Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM)

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This course is designed for people with training and experience in mental health counseling. It explains why means restriction is an important part of a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention and teaches how to ask suicidal patients/clients about their access to lethal means and work with them and their families to reduce their access.

After completing this course you will be able to:
  • Explain why reducing access to lethal means is an effective way of saving lives
  • Describe the role of impulsivity, ambivalence, and differing lethality of methods in contributing to suicide deaths and attempts
  • Describe how counseling on access to lethal means fits into suicide prevention counseling
  • Ask your patients/clients about their access to lethal means
  • Work with your patients/clients on reducing access to lethal means, particularly firearms and medications, including:
    • Communicate effectively with your patients/clients about this issue
    • Set goals for reducing access and develop a plan that is acceptable to both you and your patients/clients

This course can be completed in about two hours. You do not have to complete the course in one session. You can exit the course at any time and return later to the place where you left off. If you complete this course, take the pre-test, pass the post-test, and answer the participant feedback questions, you will receive a certificate of completion. You will also be eligible to receive two clock hours of continuing education credit from the National Board for Certified Counselors and two social work continuing education contact hours from the National Association of Social Workers.

 


Choosing and Implementing a Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training Program

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This course will help you:
  • Understand the role of suicide prevention gatekeeper training
  • Decide if a gatekeeper training program is right for your school, organization, or community
  • Choose and implement a gatekeeper training program

After completing this course, you will be able to answer the following questions:

  • Should I implement a gatekeeper training program?
  • How do I involve stakeholders?
  • Which program should I choose?
  • What steps should I take as I implement and evaluate a program?
  • What types of ongoing support should I provide after implementation to sustain the program?

This online course is not a gatekeeper training program. It will not teach you how to recognize and respond to the warning signs for suicide. It will help you select a gatekeeper training program and use this program effectively.

This course can be completed in about an hour. You do not have to complete the course in one session. You can exit the course at any time and return later to the place where you left off.

If you complete this course, pass the post-test, and answer the participant feedback questions, you will receive a certificate of completion.

You will also be eligible to receive 1 Category I Continuing Education Contact Hour (CECH) in health education from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

If you would like us to offer additional kinds of continuing education credits in the future, please send your suggestions to sprctraining@edc.org


A Strategic Planning Approach to Suicide Prevention

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Many public health professionals are called on to develop or expand a suicide prevention program at the state or local level. They want their program to have maximum impact, even with minimal resources. A Strategic Planning Approach to Suicide Prevention can help identify activities that will be effective in addressing the problem of suicide in a community and can prioritize efforts among the various possibilities. This course uses three fictional task forces to illustrate the approach “in action.”

To support use of a strategic approach to suicide prevention, this course teaches you to:

  • Describe the suicide problem and its context.
  • Choose long-term goals for a suicide prevention program.
  • Identify key risk and protective factors on which to focus.
  • Select or develop interventions that will decrease or increase these risk and protective factors.
  • Plan an evaluation.
  • Implement the interventions and the evaluation.
  • Take further action based upon the evaluation and changes in the context in which the prevention program is implemented.

This course can be completed in 5.5 hours. You do not have to complete the course in one session. You can exit the course at any time and return later to the place where you left off. If you take the pre-test, complete the course, pass the post-test, and answer the participant feedback questions, you will receive a certificate of completion.

You will also be eligible to receive 5.5 Category I or 5.5 advanced-level Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH) in health education from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

If you would like us to offer additional kinds of continuing education credits in the future, please send your suggestions to sprctraining@edc.org.


Planning & Evaluation for Youth Suicide Prevention

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We will be archiving this course on May 30, 2014. If you have not completed the course, you may do so before the course is archived.

This course covers the essential elements for developing a statewide plan to promote the development of suicide prevention strategies at the state and local levels. It also addresses realistic program evaluation, starting at the onset of the planning phase and continuing throughout program implementation.

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe models for comprehensive planning
  • Identify partners for creating a comprehensive suicide prevention plan
  • Understand the community assessment process
  • Describe 3 levels of prevention addressed in a comprehensive plan
  • Describe 3 possible interventions for suicide prevention
  • Write goals with SMART objectives
  • Know how to select plan priorities
  • Develop a logic model
  • Outline an implementation plan
  • Identify at least 5 strategies to find resources for plan implementation
  • Outline an evaluation plan
  • Describe an outcome evaluation

Most people find that this course takes approximately 15 hours to complete. The pace at which you complete the course is up to you. You can exit the course at any time and resume the course where you left off.

If you complete this course, pass the post-test, and answer the participant feedback questions, you will receive a certificate of completion. You will also be eligible to receive 15 Category I Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH) in health education from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

If you would like us to offer additional kinds of continuing education credits in the future, please send your suggestions to sprctraining@edc.org.


The Research Evidence for Suicide as a Preventable Public Health Issue

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This course provides an in-depth examination of the research evidence underpinning the claim that suicide is a preventable public health problem.

It includes three modules:

  1. Introduces a public health approach to prevention
  2. Examines in some depth the evidence for a "lethal means reduction" approach to preventing youth suicide
  3. Provides an overview of comprehensive community strategies.

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the public health approach to suicide prevention
  • Describe the general epidemiology of suicide in the U.S.
  • Summarize risk and protective factors for suicide as identified by psychological autopsy studies
  • Describe the following data source for suicide: National Violent Death Reporting System
  • Present conceptual models for suicide prevention
  • Describe the research evidence for means reduction as a suicide prevention strategy
  • Describe the impact of firearms availability on suicide in the U.S.
  • Outline an integrated approach to suicide prevention and control

Most people find that this course takes approximately 12 hours to complete. The pace at which you complete the course is up to you. You can exit the course at any time and resume the course where you left off.

If you complete this course, pass the post-test, and answer the participant feedback questions, you will receive a certificate of completion. You will also be eligible to receive 12 Category I Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH) in health education from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

If you would like us to offer additional kinds of continuing education credits in the future, please send your suggestions to sprctraining@edc.org.