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Adolescent Suicide—Understanding Unique Risks and Opportunities for Trauma Centers to Recognize, Intervene, and Prevent a Leading Cause of Death

About the Course

This intermediate level course is tailored for health professionals seeking to enhance their expertise in recognizing and assessing adolescent suicidality, depression, and PTSD. This course provides a comprehensive overview of the epidemiology and risk factors associated with adolescent suicide in the United States, emphasizing the critical overlap between suicide and injury risks. Participants will review the latest evidence on identifying signs and symptoms of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, and suicidal ideation among adolescent trauma patients. Through interactive sessions, attendees will explore effective screening tools and evidence-based strategies for implementing suicide prevention protocols within trauma center settings. Topics include the rising incidence of adolescent suicide, notable racial disparities, and the complex interplay of pre-existing risk factors and injury-related sequelae. Furthermore, the course will address the importance of lethal means counseling, secure firearm storage practices, and firearm safety policies in reducing suicide risk among adolescents. With suicide being the second leading cause of death in US adolescents, this course equips trauma center professionals with essential knowledge and skills to effectively recognize, intervene, and prevent adolescent suicide.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, Adolescent Suicide—Understanding Unique Risks and Opportunities for Trauma Centers to Recognize, Intervene, and Prevent a Leading Cause of Death With Substance Use Disorder Treatment Completion: a Cross-sectional Analysis of Justice-involved Adolescents created by Ashley B. Hink, MD et al. in 2022.

Publication Date:

Curr Trauma Rep. 2022; 8(2): 41–53. 2022

Course Material Author

Ashley B. Hink, MD

Dr. Ashley Hink is a general, trauma and critical care surgeon that specializes in the care of people with injuries, burns and critical illness. In addition to her clinical interests and surgical practice, she has a special research interest in injury and violence prevention. She serves on the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT) Injury Prevention Committee, working on research and advocacy efforts that aim to reduce violent injuries and suicides. Her work has been published in scientific journals, and she has won awards for her leadership in surgery and humanism in medicine.

Ashley B. Hink, MD authored the material only, and was 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.

Course Creator

Kathryn Held

Kathryn Held, Psy. D associate and CADC III, is an individual therapist at Visions adolescent treatment centers. With a decade of experience in the mental health field, Kathryn specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders, OCD, and the OCD spectrum. Kathryn also has expertise in working with LGBTQ+ adolescents while navigating complex family systems. Her current research projects include adolescent suicide and the use of OCD art interventions in anxiety and OCD treatment. She is trained in CBT, ACT and Exposure and Response Prevention. Her empathetic and artistic approach helps support, educate, and instill agency in her clients. Prior to joining the Visions team, Kathryn worked in various treatment settings including detox, sober living, and as the Program Director of a dual diagnosis outpatient treatment center.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for intermediate and above levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Identify current epidemiology of adolescent suicide, including notable racial disparities,
  2. Discuss evidence-based screening methods for depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, and suicidal ideation, emphasizing the importance of early detection for adolescent patients within trauma center settings.
  3. Describe the complex risk factors associated with suicidal behavior among the adolescent population.

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

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Course Number 103445
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