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Brief Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Suicide Prevention

About the Course

This text describes behavior change through the demonstration of behavioral skills targeting identified skill deficits that contribute to and sustain suicidal crises. In Brief Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (BCBT), the clinician teaches a new skill or concept in each session, shows the client how to perform the skill, practices the skill with the client in session, and then sets up a plan for the client to practice the skill between sessions. After initial client assessment, interventions address emotional regulation, and crisis management followed by efforts to decrease or undermine the client’s suicidal belief system. This text also includes relevant topics such as suicide risk assessment, treatment progress monitoring, crisis response planning, relaxation and mindfulness skills training, relapse prevention and ending treatment.

This course is based on the book, Brief Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Suicide Prevention created by Craig J. Bryan, PsyD., ABPP and M. David Rudd, PsyD., ABPP in 2018.

Publication Date:

2018 Aug 2018

Course Material Authors

Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Craig J. Bryan, PsyD., ABPP

Craig Bryan is Executive Director of the National Center for Veterans Studies and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Utah. Dr. Bryan is an Associate Editor of the Journal Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior and has served on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Suicidology.

M. David Rudd, PsyD., ABPP

M. David Rudd is President of the University of Memphis and Co-Founder and Scientific Director of the National Center for Veterans Studies at the University of Utah. He has published over 200 scientific articles and numerous books on the clinical care of suicidal individuals, and is considered an international leader in suicide prevention.

Course Creator

David M. Lutkemeier

David Lutkemeier holds a BA degree in psychology, a master’s degree in developmental psychology, and a doctorate degree from the University of Cincinnati in Special Education and Psychology. He is certified as a psychologist by the Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners, as well as holding public school superintendent certification in Arizona and California. Dr. Lutkemeier has worked as an assistant professor at Arizona State University, a school psychologist, special education director, assistant superintendent, and superintendent in both Arizona and California. David, working as a consultant with a national curriculum management group (CMSi) has completed over two dozen comprehensive district-wide curriculum audits in 15 states over the past 20 years and has worked as a test developer for CE Learning Systems for the past ten years.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals including psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses seeking to enhance their effectiveness in their work with patients and clients. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge, but those at an intermediate level will get more out of the material.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Identify and describe how solutions-focused brief therapy with clients experiencing and dealing with trauma can serve as an effective approach for improving overall mental health.
  2. Examine a wide range of therapeutic applications for solution-focused brief therapy as well as their reported efficacy evidence.
  3. Identify and describe suicide risk assessment procedures with a focus on the standards of care in the mental health professions.
  4. Analyze clinical decisions, treatment options and practices with regard to patients' personal autonomy and sense of control over their lives.
  5. Evaluate the role of effective collaborative alliances between patients and clinicians engaged in a cooperative therapeutic process.

Disclosure to Learners

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There is no commercial support for this distance-learning course.

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Course Number 103057
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