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About Suicide in Washington State, 6 units (retired)*

*This course has been retired. Please click here for new course, About Suicide: Washington State, 6 units.

This course is approved by the Washington State Department of Health. These professions must take a six-hour course on suicide assessment, treatment, and management: nurses, social workers, licensed mental health professionals, marriage and family therapists, naturopaths, osteopathic physicians/surgeons/physician assistants, physicians and physician assistants, psychologists, and retired active licensees. Approval #TRNG.TG.60817428-SUIC.

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Author: Fran Laughton, RN, PHN, MSN, FNP

Contact hours: 6
Expiration date: December 21, 2022
Course price: $59

Course Summary

The purpose of this course is to educate healthcare professionals and others in Washington State about the scope and seriousness of suicide. It includes information about suicide risk screening and assessment, identifies groups who are disproportionality affected by suicide, discusses psychosocial and pharmacological treatment methods, describes the role of supportive third parties in reducing suicide ideation and behaviors, relates aspects of military culture that may affect the incidence of suicide in active-duty military and veterans, explains protective factors, and spells out practical guidelines that can reduce access to lethal means.

Criteria for Successful Completion

Study the course material, achieve a score of 80% or higher on the post test (the post test can be repeated if a learner scores less than 80%), complete the course evaluation, and pay where required. No partial credit will be awarded.


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Course Objectives

When you finish this course you will be able to:

  1. Describe the scope of suicide in Washington State and nationally.
  2. Explain the 4 main components of suicide risk screening and assessment.
  3. State 5 groups that are disproportionately impacted by suicide.
  4. Relate 3 differences between high risk of suicide and low risk.
  5. Describe 3 commonly used psychosocial techniques that have been shown to reduce the risk of suicidal ideation and behaviors.
  6. Explain 3 reasons why psychiatric medications may reduce suicidal ideations and behaviors.
  7. Relate 3 reasons why supportive third parties can help reduce suicidal ideation and behaviors in their communities.
  8. Explain 3 aspects of military culture that may affect the incidence of suicide in active-duty military and veterans.
  9. Describe 3 protective factors against suicidal ideation and suicidal behaviors for veteran populations.
  10. Define lethal means.