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ACCA September Lunch & Learn Webinar - Practical Tips on Working in a College Counseling Center

  • 22 Sep 2023
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
  • Virtual


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Title:  ACCA Lunch & Learn Webinar

Presentation Title:  Suicide risk assessment and safety planning practices for use with individuals of special collegiate populations

Presenter:  Lindsay A. Lundeen, PhD, NCC - University of Arkansas

Date:  Friday, September 22nd

Time:  1pm Eastern

1 CE for APA & NBCC


Presentation Description:  

As suicide is the second largest cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 24 (CDC, 2023), suicide risk assessment and safety planning are vital skills of collegiate counseling.  However, suicide impacts individuals of varying backgrounds differently. The CDC (2023) noted that individuals identifying as Lesbian, Gay, or Bisexual, non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaska Natives and non-Hispanic Black individuals, individuals with disabilities, working in industry, or living in a rural area are at an increased risk for suicide due to various social determinants of health.

All clinicians receive suicide prevention training, yet one study noted that 70% of their sample yearned for additional training (Moscardini et al., 2020). Therefore, this presentation will cover the basics of suicide risk assessment and safety planning, focusing on statistics, inclusivity practices, and strategies for use with individuals of special collegiate populations.


Learning Objectives:

1. Attendees will be able to describe differences in active and passive suicidal ideation and items to include within a suicide risk assessment.

2. Attendees will become familiar with the components of a safety plan, including inclusive safety planning strategies and research describing the utilization of safety plans with

individuals of special populations.

3. Attendees will practice identifying students at risk for suicide, brainstorm areas of inclusivity to include in their own safety planning practices, and increase their awareness of practices actively utilized by fellow practicing clinicians.

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