Suicide Risk Assessment and Prevention in Youth and Adults in California


Social Workers and Psychologists: 6 Hours 
Professional Counselors: 6 Hours 

About the Course 
This basic-level course will cover the etiology and risk factors for suicidal behavior, outline important assessment, intervention and prevention programs, and inform effective mental health treatment to help individuals develop and maintain a healthy perspective on life. The course will review research and literature concerning the scope of the problem, identification of high-risk groups, evidence-based prevention, and programs for delivering care and mental health treatment.   

Course Objectives: 

  • Define terms related to suicide and suicidal behavior. 
  • Describe the prevalence of suicide and suicide attempts across the United States. 
  • Identify incidence and risk among different populations, including racial/ethnic groups, adolescents, older adults, veterans and the gender diverse. 
  • Identify incidence and risk among those with psychiatric diagnoses 
  • Identify key risk factors, protective factors, and warning signs in the etiology of suicide. 
  • Describe effective and efficient assessment of youth and adults who may be at-risk for suicide. 
  • Recognize essential components of decision-making and documentation with respect to suicide assessment and intervention. 
  • Explain approaches to intervention and safety planning to manage individuals exhibiting suicidal ideation and other risk factors for suicide. 
  • Review effective prevention and intervention programs for youth and adults at-risk for suicide. 

About the Author:  
Edward A. Selby, PhD, is an associate professor and the director of clinical training in the clinical psychology Ph.D. program at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Dr. Selby’s extensive research and clinical experience has sought to improve our understanding and treatment of suicidal behavior, personality disorders, and eating disorders. He has written more than over 100 peer reviewed scientific articles and book chapters, and he was named a “Rising Star” in 2015 by the Association for Psychological Science. Much of his work is aimed at understanding the emotional experiences related to suicidal behavior and self-injury, as well as the factors among different psychiatric disorders that increase risk for suicidal behavior, including eating disorders and personality disorders. Dr. Selby’s research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, Janssen Pharmaceutica, and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Dr. Selby is a licensed practitioner and has been trained extensively in major treatments for suicidal behavior and crisis intervention, including cognitive behavior therapy and mindfulness-based interventions. More information about Dr. Selby’s research program can be found on the Emotion and Psychopathology Laboratory at Rutgers website,  

How to Receive Credit

  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • Answer the final examination questions at the end of the course. A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest 
Colibri Healthcare, LLC implemented mechanisms prior to the planning and implementation of the continuing education activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of the course activity. 

Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement 
It is the policy of Colibri Healthcare, LLC not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners. 

The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. 
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