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Understanding Suicide to Prevent Suicide

E. David Klonsky, Ph.D.



Suicide, suicide attempts, and suicidal ideation are difficult to predict and prevent. A practical, evidence-based explanation for suicide would not only empower us to understand and reduce our clients’ suicide risk, but help our clients build lives worth living. In this presentation and workshop, I will: a) describe a framework to help psychologists distinguish causes of suicide ideation from causes of suicide attempts, b) present an evidence-based, actionable explanation for suicide that is positioned within this framework, and c) utilize case examples and audience interaction/discussion to illustrate the utility of these perspectives for treating suicide risk in clinical practice. Specific questions to be addressed include what motivates suicide, why some (but not most) people with suicide ideation make suicide attempts, and how psychologists can use this knowledge to understand and reduce clients’ risk for suicide.

Learning objectives:

      • Identify the most common motivations for suicide
      • Utilize current suicide theory to better understand and treat their clients’ suicide risk
      • Identify factors that facilitate progression from suicide ideation to suicide attempts

4 CEUs: Ph.D., PharmD, LADC, CADC, LCSW, LPC, LMFT, and Case Management. Nursing documentation of participation. Pre-registration is required.

Oklahoma LADC: 4.0 total CEUs approved (4.0 Mental Health)

Kansas LPC & LCPC, Psychologist, LAC & LCAC – meets continuing education requirements for CEUs as described in K.A.R. 102.
Missouri Psychologist – Meets with continuing education requirements as described in Chapter 337.050, 12.(1)
Missouri Social Worker – Application was not made for approval.
Missouri LPC – Verification of training hours and attendance will be provided for required Missouri LPC Continuing Education reporting.
Arkansas Psychologist – Meets with continuing education requirements as described in Arkansas Psychology Board Rules and Regulations 2009, 9.1.A(2)(a).
Arkansas LPC,LADAC – This CE offering is not offered as an NBCC approved seminar.

Please check with your licensing board(s) for approval status.

About the Presenter

E. David Klonsky, Ph.D.

E. David Klonsky, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia and an expert on suicide and self-injury. Dr. Klonsky received his BA in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis in 1998 and his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia in 2005. He completed his clinical residency at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (2005) and is a registered psychologist in British Columbia. Dr. Klonsky has more than 120 scholarly publications on suicide, self-injury, and related topics. Many of these papers have been identified as “top 1%” in the field of psychology/psychiatry by Web of Science based on citation rate. Dr. Klonsky is also Past-President of the International Society for the Study of Self-injury, Associate Editor of Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, and he has advised the American Psychiatric Association for DSM-5 as well as various US and Canadian governmental organizations regarding suicide and self-injury research and prevention. His scientific and professional contributions have been recognized by awards from the American Association of Suicidology, Association for Psychological Science, and Society of Clinical Psychology (APA). In 2015 Dr. Klonsky published the Three-Step Theory (3ST) of suicide.

Friday, June 3, 2022, noon – 4:30 p.m.

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This is NOT a telephonic presentation. Approvals for this event were based upon this being a live webinar with both video and audio feed. You must be logged into the webinar, using the link provided in order to obtain the educational time credit.