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Suicide Prevention Symposium

KEYNOTE 1: Core Competencies for Suicide Prevention Training: Evidence and Updates

Training for mental health providers (MHPs) is a common approach to ensuring sound clinical care for persons experiencing suicidality. The Core Competency Model (CCM) of Suicide Prevention Training was founded as a training approach intentionally designed to improve beginner-to-intermediate provider-focused (e.g., managing one’s own suicide attitudes) and clinical (e.g., clinical documentation) skills. In this talk, Dr. Cramer summarizes CCM training application and evidence, including studies in community mental health and university counseling settings. This talk will also address development and validation of the

Suicide Competency Assessment Form (SCAF), a tool for assessing MHP competencies in supervision, training, and research contexts. Dr. Cramer will than provide example adaptations of the CCM for interprofessional higher education, correctional, and military settings. Finally, given recent developments in multicultural, theoretical and clinical practice avenues of suicide prevention, Dr. Cramer will review recent updates to the CCM. Updates include refining the core competencies as measured by a revised SCAF, as well as infusing the training approach with contemporary cultural and therapeutic considerations.

SPECIAL LECTURE: Suicide Prevention for Military Active Duty and Veterans: Lessons Learned from Research, Policy & Practice in the United States

Military-affiliated personnel are at increased risk for suicide in the U.S. In this talk, Dr. Cramer will provide backdrop for U.S. military suicide prevention through review of clinical best practices and findings from a recent independent commission report. He will then provide recent examples of his work from partnerships with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Specifically, Dr. Cramer will review research addressing measurement of military suicide stigma, implementation of a health promotion program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, & other minority (LGBTQ+) military veterans, and psychometric properties of commonly used suicide screening tools. The talk will conclude with an overview of a recent therapeutic development: Group Brief Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Suicide (G-BCBT).

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10:00am - 1:00pm,
Tuesday 8 August 2023


Griffith University

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