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Suicide: Assessment, Management, Intervention, And Prevention - 6 C.E. Hours - Book
Suicide: Assessment, Management, Intervention, And Prevention - 6 C.E. Hours - Book
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1. This course is designed to comply with California Business and Professions Code Section 2915.4 requiring ALL PSYCHOLOGISTS to complete a one-time, six-hour suicide risk assessment and intervention course prior to their license renewal in 2020 or 2021.

. This course is designed to comply with Assembly Bill 1436 requiring ALL LCSWs, LEPs, LMFTs, and LPCCs to complete a one-time, six-hour suicide risk assessment and intervention course prior to their license renewal in 2021 or 2022.

COURSE TITLE: Suicide: Assessment, Management, Intervention, and Prevention

CE HOURS: 6 C.E. hours for psychologists, LMFTs, LCSWs and other mental health professionals.

Psycho-Legal Associates, Inc. is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. Psycho-Legal Associates, Inc. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Each course meets the qualifications for the stated number of hours of continuing education credit for LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, and MFTs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Visit our
C.E. Hours link for more information about our CE approval for your license in your state.

MEDIA: Book; Distance Learning Course

DETAILS: Includes both the book and post-test. This six-hour intermediate home-study course features a 50-question multiple-choice test based on the book, The Assessment And Management Of Suicidality by M. David Rudd, Ph.D., ABPP.

SPECIAL OFFER: Extra post-tests are only $59-$99 each! The more you order, the more you save. Do you have colleagues who need to take this course too? If so, we'll send you one book to share with your colleagues and you can order additional post-tests at substantial savings. After you add the course to your shopping cart, select the number of post-tests you want to order. Please put the name of your colleagues in the order notes section of your order or email them to us ASAP. Order one book and 1 test for $129, 1-2 additional tests for $99 each, 3-4 additional tests for $89 each, 5
-6 additional tests for $79 each, 7-8 additional tests for $69 each, and 9 or more additional tests for only $59 each. The small print... All extra tests must be purchased at the time, in one transaction, using one payment method, when the first order is placed.

Suicide risk assessment has become a routine task among clinicians working in outpatient settings. As inpatient alternatives have slowly dwindled and lengths of stay have decreased dramatically over the past two decades, it has become increasingly important that mental health practitioners be well-informed about, and comfortable with, assessing suicide risk and managing those at-risk in outpatient settings. There is little doubt that those in clinical practice will see suicidal patients even if they are not identified as working in the specialty area. It is difficult, if not impossible, to so tightly control the patient flow to prevent these individuals from appearing through routine referral channels. Since the author had yet to find a brief, thorough, and easily accessible clinical guide to suidice risk assessment, one that clinicians of all stripes could review in a short time-frame, he wrote this book to fill that gap in the literature.

-Terminology: The Importance of Being Precise
-Understanding the Nature of Risk Over Time: Differentiating Acute and Chronic Risk
-Task Number One: Establishing and Maintaining a Relationship
-Assessing Suicidal Thinking and Behaviors: The Importance of Being Specific
-Exploring Suicidal Thoughts and Getting an Accurate Report
-Completing the Picture: Assessing Other Risk Factors
-Additional Areas of Risk Assessment
-Putting It All Together: Risk Formulation and Risk Categories
-Acute Suicide Risk Continuum
-Clinical Decision Making and Risk Management
-Suicide Risk Continuum and Indicated Responses
-The No-Suicide Contract in Clinical Management: What Is It?
-What Does the Empirical Literature Say About No-Suicide Contracts? Do They Work?
-An Alternative for Clinical Practice: The Commitment to Treatment Statement (CTS)
Commitment to Treatment Statement (CTS) in Practice
-Sample Commitment to Treatment Statement (CTS)
-Sample Crisis Response Plan (CRP)
-Enlisting the Help of Family Members
-The Importance of Documentation: Open and Closed Risk Markers
-Consultation: Knowing When to Ask for Help
-Closing Comments: Clinical Practice and the Reality of Suicide
-Appendices / References

After completing this home-study course, you'll be better able to:
Differentiate between acute and chronic suicide risk.
Differentiate between suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
Identify at least four risk factors for suicide.
4. Develop
a suicide crisis response plan.
Formulate and implement a no-suicide contract.
6. Describe four warning signs of suicide.

AUTHOR PROFILE: M. David Rudd, Ph.D., ABPP, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Texas Tech University, with an adjunct appointment as Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. He also maintains a part-time private practice in clinical psychology. Dr. Rudd completed his undergraduate training at Princeton University, his doctoral training at the University of Texas-Austin, and a post-doctoral fellowship in cognitive therapy at the Beck Institute in Philadelphia under the direction of Aaron T. Beck. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology and a Fellow of three professional societies, including the American Psychological Association (Div. 12), the International Association of Suicide Research, and the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (a founding fellow). In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Rudd is an active researcher with over 100 publications including several books. His research focuses on clinical suicidology, cognitive therapy, and ethics and regulatory issues in psychology. His work has resulted in the receipt of several awards including the Edwin Shneidman (1999) and Exceptional Leadership (2005) Awards from the American Association of Suicidology, and the Outstanding Contribution to Science Award (1998) from the Texas Psychological Association, as well as several awards fro his outstanding teaching. Dr. Rudd conducts national and international continuing education workshops on high-risk patients. He serves on several editorial boards and is Past-President of the American Association of Suicidology.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q - What is this new course requirement about?
A - Signed into law by Governor Brown, this law requires all licensed psychologists, LCSWs, LEPs, LMFTs, and LPCCs in California to complete a one-time six-hour suicide risk assessment and intervention course.

Q - When must psychologists complete this course?
A - This law requires each licensed psychologist in California to complete the course prior to their first renewal in 2020 or 2021.

Q - When must LCSWs, LEPs, LMFTs, and LPCCs take this course?
A - This law requires LCSWs, LEPs, LMFTs, and LPCCs in California to complete the course prior to their renewal in 2021 or 2022.

Q - Can I complete the course prior to my renewal in 2020 or 2021?
A - Yes, if satisfying the requirement by taking a qualifying CE course, the course may be taken at any time prior to your renewal in 2020, and the course may be applied to the continuing education requirements in the renewal cycle during which the course was actually taken. For example, if a license is due to expire September 30, 2019, and the licensee takes a qualifying course in 2019, the licensee can apply the six hours to the continuing education requirements for his or her 2019 renewal. He or she can then use the same course to attest to meeting the suicide risk assessment requirement for his or her 2020 renewal (but without again counting the hours towards the 36-hour requirement).


Thanks so much. The book was excellent. Best I've seen in 35 years of practice.
-Deborah T. / LMFT / April 23, 2018

Readable, concise, handy guide.
-Scott S. / Psychologist / March 30, 2018

Concise, relevant clinical application.
-Geralyn P. / Psychologist / March 30, 2018


Written by one of the preeminent leaders of contemporary clinical suicidology, this remarkable book succinctly provides state-of-the-art assessment and management procedures for effective clinical care of suicidal patients. Guided by years of scholarship, empirical research, clinical and professional training experiences, Dr. David Rudd skillfully distills the essential elements of working effectively with suicidal patients. This compact book deftly walks the reader through an empirically-grounded approach to suicide risk assessment and the subsequent process of making key clinical management decisions with these most challenging of cases. If ever there was an example of 'less is more' this book is it - an essential guide to what every mental health practitioner needs to know to successfully work with suicidal patients.
-David A. Jobes, PhD, ABPP, Professor of Psychology and Codirector of Clinical Training, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC; Author of Managing Suicidal Risk: A Collaborative Approach

If I were to choose only one consultant to advise and inform me regarding my assessment and care of an at-risk for suicide patient, it would be David Rudd. Here is David Rudd at his best. Practical, instructive, comprehensive, and terrifically helpful, this resource should be at every clinician's fingertips.
-Lanny Berman, PhD, ABPP, Executive Director, American Association of Suicidology

You can count on one hand the number of international experts who are accomplished in the clinical and the scientific and the forensic-regulatory aspects of suicidality. David Rudd is one such expert, and it shows in his book The Assessment and Management of Suicidality. The book is a comprehensive and accessible go-to resource for anyone interested in suicidality.
-Thomas Joiner, Ph.D., The Bright-Burton Professor of Psychology; Author of Why People Die By Suicide

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