Suicide Prevention: A Report on National Strategy

By Jennifer Kolb, LCSW
Target Audience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Delivery Method: Online, Self-Paced
Credits: 6 CE Credit Hours


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Jennifer Kolb, LCSW; Social Work Consultant, reviewed and determined the course meets requirements for continuing education in the field of social work. This course is appropriate for masters and clinical level social workers. Jennifer graduated with a Master’s degree in Social Work with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Louisville, Kentucky. She specializes in school-based psychotherapy with children and adolescents, as well as licensing exam coaching and preparation. 

Content By
: This publication was developed by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), through a grant for the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. The co-leaders to the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention Task Force includes Regina Benjamin, M.D., M.B.A. and Jerry Reed, Ph.D., M.S.W., 2012.

Course Description:

This course discusses findings from the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Goals and Objectives for Action. This is a report from the U.S. Surgeon General and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Health (NSDUH). A previous version of this report was created in 2001, and this document is the follow up with more recent research. The objective of this report is to provide a structured effort to prevent suicide across the United States.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain research on the rates of suicide among various demographics and populations.
  2. Delineate information about means and methods of suicide among various groups.
  3. Compile goals and objectives for suicide prevention.
  4. Compare research on various risk factors that may affect the likelihood that people in certain populations will engage in suicidal behavior.
  5. List effective suicide prevention programs and policies.

Course Outline:

1.      Healthy and Empowered Individuals, Families, and Communities

2.      Clinical and Community Preventive Services

3.      Treatment and Support Services

4.      Surveillance, Research, and Evaluation

5.      Goals and Objectives for Action

6.      Brief History of Suicide Prevention in the United States

7.      Groups with Increased Suicide Risk

8.      Suicide Prevention Resources


Course Format:

Course materials can be downloaded or read online. To receive a certificate of completion, you must complete a multiple-choice post-test with a score of 75% or better and complete a course evaluation. 


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