Category: Suicide and Self-Injury


Institute 8 - Crisis Response Planning for Suicidal Patients

Thursday, November 16
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Aqua Salon F, Level 3, Aqua Level

Keywords: Suicide | Self-Injury | Service Delivery
Presentation Type: Institutes
Level of Familiarity: Basic

This institute is designed to enhance professionals' knowledge about crisis response planning for managing acute suicide risk, and to increase their ability to confidently and competently administer this intervention with at-risk individuals. The crisis response plan is a 30-minute intervention that can be used in a diverse range of settings: outpatient mental health, inpatient psychiatric units, emergency departments, primary care clinics, and other community settings. Results of a recently completed randomized clinical trial indicate that crisis response planning is associated with significant reductions in suicide attempts over time as compared to standard suicide risk procedures. The first half of the workshop provides didactic knowledge about conceptualizing suicide, the development of the crisis response plan intervention, and its empirical support, designed to increase clinician knowledge. The second half of the workshop includes clinical demonstrations by the instructor and skills practice by attendees, designed for clinicians to acquire skill competency. Common implementation barriers and solutions across diverse settings will be discussed.

Earn 5 continuing education credits

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Recommended Reading: Bryan, C.J., Mintz, J., Clemans, T.A., Leeson, B., Burch, T.S., Williams, S.R., Maney, E., & Rudd, M.D. (in press). Effect of crisis response planning vs. contracts for safety on suicide risk in U.S. Army Soldiers: a randomized clinical trial. Journal of Affective Disorders.
Rudd, M. D., Mandrusiak, M., & Joiner Jr, T. E. (2006). The case against no‐suicide contracts: The commitment to treatment statement as a practice alternative. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 62, 243-251.
Rudd, M. D., Bryan, C. J., Wertenberger, E. G., Peterson, A. L., Young-McCaughan, S., Mintz, J., ... & Bruce, T. O. (2015). Brief cognitive-behavioral therapy effects on post-treatment suicide attempts in a military sample: Results of a randomized clinical trial with 2-year follow-up. American Journal of Psychiatry, 172, 441-449.
Stanley, B., & Brown, G. K. (2012). Safety planning intervention: A brief intervention to mitigate suicide risk. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 19(2), 256-264.
Bryan, C.J., Rudd, M.D., & Wertenberger, E. (2013). Reasons for suicide attempts among active duty Soldiers: a functional approach. Journal of Affective Disorders, 144, 148-152.

Craig Bryan

Executive Director & Associate Professor
National Center for Veterans Studies at The University of Utah


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