Act Against Suicide: For Nurses

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July 10, 2018   8:00 am – 4:10 pm      Download the PDF Brochure

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October 1, 2018   8:00 am – 4:10 pm      Download the PDF Brochure

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November 12, 2018   8:00 am – 4:10 pm      Download the PDF Brochure

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Program Description

Suicide assessment, prevention, and intervention is a topic relevant to all nursing care providers. Research shows that most people who commit suicide have a diagnosable mental and/or substance use disorder. This program will explore the critical elements of assessing for suicide risk in the general population and special populations including military/veterans, adolescents, elderly, and LGBT.  It will review key strategies in providing effective suicide prevention and provide hands on application of evidence-based intervention tools.

This course has been approved by the Washington State Department of Health to meet the WA requirement for 6.0 contact hours in suicide assessment, prevention, and management for registered nurses, advanced practice registered nurses, and licensed practical nurses (TRNG.TG.60717225-SUIC).

Who Should Attend?  Registered Nurses, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, and Other Health Sciences Professionals

Desired Learning Outcome: 

Act Against Suicide: For Nurses will provide you the opportunity gain skills in assessment of the suicidal client and develop intervention techniques focused on preventing suicidal acts.  At the conclusion of this educational activity, you will be able to:

  1. Describe how cultural myths and attitude impact outcomes of suicidal behaviors and suicidal crisis.
  2. Identify and take appropriate action for clients with “at risk” and “crisis” behaviors which may lead to suicide.
  3. Describe how to adapt suicide assessment for differing populations, including military/veterans, adolescents, elderly, and LGBT.
  4. Describe 3 key evidence-based strategies that provide effective suicide prevention.
  5. Describe how to recognize the differences between self-injurious behavior, non-suicidal self-injury, and lethal means in suicidal behavior and apply effective communication strategies.
  6. Practice developing an action safety plan for a client who is exhibiting suicidal behaviors and suicidal crisis.


Program Agenda

7:30 am – 8:00 am       Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 am – 8:10 am       Welcome and Announcements
8:10 am – 8:55 am       Understanding Suicidal Behaviors, Crisis and Personal Preconceptions
8:55 am – 9:05 am       Break
9:05 am – 11:00 am     Suicide Assessment and Risk Formulation
11:00 am – 11:10 am   Break
11:10 pm – 12:10 pm   Adapting Suicide Assessment for Differing Populations
12:10 pm – 1:10 pm     Lunch (on your own)
1:10 pm – 2:40 pm       Imminent Harm and Lethal Means; Interventions and Prevention
2:40 pm – 2:50 pm       Break
2:50 pm – 3:50 pm       The Suicidal Patient — Application to Practice
3:50 pm – 4:10 pm       Q & A / Online Evaluations


Susan Marie, Ph.D., PMHNP, CARN-AP, BC

susan_marieSusan Marie, Ph.D., PMHNP, CARN-AP, BC, licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and certified in Addictions, brings over 30 years of clinical experience treating adults with diverse mental illnesses, specializing in serious mental illness, trauma and substance use disorders.  She is noted for her “pitfalls” and “pearls” of psychopharmacology. Her passiSons are “radical respect” for people with serious mental illnesses and addictions, excellence in psychopharmacology, and integrating psychotherapeutic interventions for clients with PTSD, addictions and chronic pain.

Dr. Marie is an Associate Professor at Oregon Health & Science University where she teaches graduate psychiatric mental health nursing students. She is the Medical Director for Behavioral Health at Old Town Clinic, in Portland, Oregon where she maintains a practice specializing in diagnostic evaluation, psychopharmacology for complex patients and psychopharmacology consultation to other professionals. Dr. Marie’s work developing integrated behavioral health within primary care settings was noted in the Robert Wood Johnson LEAP initiative and awarded by the Oregon Primary Care Association in 2013.


“Best workshop I’ve ever attended in my 23 years of practice”


“I had visions of the longest 8-hour day, but I found the topic absolutely engaging, relevant and very necessary both professionally and personally”


“This class was far more beneficial than the online course I was offered through my work for free. I would highly recommend it to everyone, not just health professionals.”


“It was so worth it the 1.5 hr commute going and 2.5 hrs coming home.”

Registration includes:  Attendance at program, downloadable program handouts, all day coffee, tea, water, continental breakfast and snacks.  Wi-fi is available in the conference center. 

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