VA/DOD Clinical Practice Guideline for Assessment And Management Of

Patients At Risk For Suicide


By the VA/DOD Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense

A continuing education course for 10 ces

consisting of reading and taking a post-test on:

VA/DOD Clinical Practice Guideline For Assessment And Management Of Patients At Risk For Suicide



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Learning Objectives

After this class, the clinician will be able to:

1. List factors to assess and determine the Risk for Suicide, including suicidal ideation, plans, intent and behavior, the availability of lethal means, and the presence of risk factors and warning signs.

2. List criteria for when to hospitalize a person at risk for suicide.

3. Create a safety plan which includes inquiring about access to lethal means and planning, and if possible, to restrict access to these means.

4. List criteria for when the person at risk should be placed in the appropriate setting of care that provides the necessary supervision to ensure safety.

5. Design a hierarchy of care for persons with suicide risk from the least to the most restrictive setting.

6. List treatments that specifically address the suicidality and management of the underlying condition.

7. List evidence-based management of the underlying and co-occurring mental disorder (e.g., MDD, BD, PTSD, BPD, SUD) for a patient that is at higher risk for suicide should be optimized to reduce the risk of suicide.

8. Create a plan for closely following and frequently monitoring persons with suicidal risk.



To receive credit students must
  • Register for the course (order on-line or call toll-free 888-777-3773), after which you will receive the course material and the post-test.

  • The course consists of reading

    VA/DOD Clinical Practice Guideline For Assessment And Management Of Patients At Risk For Suicide which is included as a PDF

  • Pass the post-test

  • Upon passing the test, print out your own certificate of completion!

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All material included in this course is either in the public domain, or used with express permission.

Cost of the 10 CE course is $120, which includes the ebook

To read the material, without any post-test or credits go to:VADODCP_SuicideRisk_Full.pdf

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