Understanding Suicide: Prevention, Intervention, Postvention

CLI SUI700 - Understanding Suicide: Prevention, Intervention, Postvention

Credits: 3

The course will provide an overview of suicide prevention, intervention and postvention. It will include information on the scope of the problem of suicide, current theories about what leads to suicidal thoughts and behaviors, evidence based/ evidence-informed best practices for intervention, and current best practices for assessing, understanding risk, and managing suicide risk. The course will cover best practices for offering support to individuals and families bereaved by suicide as well as how to support systems (schools, workplaces, etc.) impacted by suicide. It will address multiple ways of knowing about suicide, including the perspective and voices of those who have lived with thoughts of suicide, those who have survived a suicide attempt, and those who have survived the loss of a loved one. Students will learn about risk among specific populations and formulate ways in which to intervene with those populations to help prevent or respond to suicidal thoughts and behaviors.