Understanding Suicide to Prevent Suicide
25 Jun 2021
9:00 AM -12:00 PM
CE CREDITS: 3
Suicide, suicide attempts, and suicide 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) To present an evidence-based, actionable explanation for suicide that is positioned within this framework.
c) To 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.
This presentation and workshop will teach participants to:
- Identify the most common motivations for suicide.
- Identify factors that facilitate progression from suicide ideation to suicide attempts.
- Utilize current suicide theory to better understand and treat their clients’ suicide risk.
Dr. DAVID KLONSKY
E. David Klonsky, Ph.D., is a 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 Ph.D. 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 100 scholarly publications on suicide, self-injury, and related topics. Many of these papers are 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, the Associate Editor of Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, and has advised the American Psychiatric Association for DSM-5 as well as various Canadian and US 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, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society of Clinical Psychology (APA). In 2015 Dr. Klonsky published the Three-Step Theory (3ST) of suicide.
REGISTRATION ENDS ON THURSDAY JUN 24, 2021 AT 12PM.