Suicide Risk Assessment in Primary Care Settings
Primary care is an important setting for improving identification and treatment of people at risk for suicide. Dr. Dueweke will outline evidence-based practice considerations for behavioral health consultants (BHCs) tasked with conducting suicide risk assessments and safety planning interventions in integrated primary care behavioral health (PCBH) settings. She will also discuss findings that highlight the importance of a nonjudgmental and direct approach to suicide risk assessment, a supportive therapeutic relationship, and a stepped care approach wherein suicide risk is managed in the least restrictive setting possible.
About the Presenter
Aubrey R. Dueweke, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at East Tennessee State University. Dr. Dueweke’s research focuses on using nontraditional service delivery models, like primary care behavioral health integration, telehealth, and community outreach, to increase access to mental health care for underserved populations. She has clinical expertise working with individuals experiencing posttraumatic stress and suicidal ideation.
Continuing Education Information
1 CE Credit, Instructional Level: Intermediate
1 Contact Hour (New York Board of Psychology)
- List key considerations for how to act when assessing and managing suicide risk.
- Explain elements of a comprehensive suicide risk assessment.
- Describe components of safety planning in primary care.
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