About Suicide: Washington State, 6 units

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About Suicide: Washington State—Course Summary

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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.

Course approved by the Washington States Department of Health, approval #TRNG.TG.60824032-SUIC.

The following 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.


Fran Laughton, RN, PHN, MSN, FNP
Administrator: Lauren Robertson, BA MPT

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.

Conflict of Interest / Commercial Support Disclosure

The planners and authors of this learning activity have declared no conflicts of interest, vested interest, or financial relationship that may influence the content of this activity. All information is provided fairly and without bias.

ATrain Education, Inc. received no outside financial or commercial support in the preparation, presentation, or implementation of this learning activity and has no affiliation with any company whose products or services are mentioned in this activity.

Learning Objectives

When you finish this course you will be able to*:

  1. Describe the scope of suicide in Washington State and nationally.
  2. State 5 groups that are disproportionately at risk for suicide.
  3. Explain the 4 main components of suicide risk screening and assessment.
  4. State 5 common warning signs for suicide.
  5. Relate 3 commonly stated risk factors for suicide.
  6. Define “means restriction.”
  7. Relate 3 actions and referrals for various levels of suicide risk.
  8. Describe 3 commonly used psychosocial techniques that have been shown to reduce the risk of suicidal ideation and behaviors.
  9. Explain 3 reasons why pharmacologic interventions may reduce suicidal ideations and behaviors.
  10. State the primary goal for every client with a substance use disorder and suicidal thoughts or behaviors.
  11. State 4 reasons why a safety plan is critical in the treatment of patients with suicidal ideation.
  12. Relate 3 reasons why supportive third parties can help reduce suicidal ideation and behaviors in their communities.
  13. Explain 3 aspects of military culture that may affect the incidence of suicide in active-duty military and veterans.

*Please note: attainment of course objectives will be assessed in the course evaluation.

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Approved by the Washington States Department of Health, approval #TRNG.TG.60824032-SUIC.

Available Credit

  • 6.00 Contact hours


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