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Date: January 23, 2017
Cost: $150 - early registration (additional discounts available)
Delivery Method:
Credit Type: 06.25 Contact Hours

BACKGROUND: Over 40,000 Americans die by suicide every year. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States; the 2nd leading cause of death for ages 10-24; 5th leading cause of death for ages 45-59; the rate among American Indian/Alaska Native adolescents and young adults ages 15-24 is 1.8 times the national average. An American dies by suicide every 12.95 minutes. For every woman who dies by suicide, four men die by suicide, but women are 3x more likely to attempt suicide. 90% of those who die by suicide had a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death. In 2012, firearms were the most common method of death by suicide, accounting for 50.9% of all suicide deaths, followed by suffocation (including hangings) at 24.8% and poisoning at 16.7%. VETERANS COMPRISE 22.2% OF SUICIDES. It’s time to reverse these statistics.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: This 6.25-hour suicide assessment, intervention, and prevention workshop will provide the participant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to competently perform a suicide assessment, determine risk factors, and develop a safety plan to prevent suicide. Participants will learn about the new CDC public health approach to the assessment of issues related to imminent harm via lethal means or self-injurious behaviors. Theoretical underpinnings of suicidology inform state-of-the-art approaches to care of individuals experiencing thoughts and behaviors related to self-directed violence. Hands-on experience in implementing the Veteran’s Administration Self-Directed Violence Classification System and the Chronological Assessment of Suicide Events provide the background for participant developed safety plans and essential clinical documentation based on case study analysis.

OBJECTIVES: At the completion of this workshop the participant will:

  1. Discuss the CDC reclassification of suicide as a public health concern
  2. Explain the phenomenon (theoretical underpinnings, epidemiology, risk and protective factors, legal/ethical aspects) of suicide in both civilian and veteran populations.
  3. Describe the VAMC Classification System and Decision Tree for Self-Directed Violence.
  4. Discuss the 2015 American Psychiatric Nurses Association Suicide Competencies
  5. Demonstrate and document suicide assessment, intervention, and prevention strategies and techniques

AGENDA - Tentative (We are currently making additional updates):

8:00       Registration
8:30       Welcome and introduction to the day
8:45       The CDC reclassification of suicide as a public health concern
9:45       The phenomenon of suicide
10:15     Break
10:30     The phenomenon of suicide
11:00     The VAMC Classification System and case study application
12:00     Lunch
1:00       The American Psychiatric Nurses Association Suicide Competencies
1:45       Suicide Risk Formulation
2:15       Break
2:30       Competency Development: Chronological Assessment of Suicide Events, Case Analysis, Suicide Safety Plan, Documentation Requirements
4:30       Wrap up & Evaluations
4:45       Adjournment

This course meets the new Washington State Department of Health requirement and the new competency rules (WAC 246-840-220)

Notification of withdrawal must be completed via the CCNL Withdrawal Form available online.

$150.00 Early Registration ( 20% discount to PLU Alumni & Current Preceptors, 50% discount to PLU Employees: call or email for promo code)
$165.00 Registration after January 18 (No discounts after 1/18)
Full Refund:
 Through January 18
Full Refund Less $100 Processing Fee:  January 19 - January 20
Non-Refundable:  After January 20

Class Handouts - $5 or you may print your own or follow along electronically.  There are approximately 15 handouts.

Pacific Lutheran University (PA-19#)is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by was approved by the Washington State Nurses Association Approver of Continuing Nursing Education (A-CNE) an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


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Pacific Lutheran University
Center for Continued Nursing Learning
12180 Park Avenue South
Tacoma, WA 98447


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