1 Hour | 1 CE

This on-demand professional training program on Specialized Violence – Self-Directed Violence is presented by Brianne Layden Ph.D., in partnership with Protect International Risk and Safety Services.

Suicidal self-directed violence occurs in nearly every country and causes substantial personal and societal burdens. This program reviews conceptual and definitional issues related to suicidal self-directed violence, with a focus on distinguishing this behavior from non-suicidal self-injury. In addition, the nature of the problem is discussed on a global scale and within specific populations and settings. Currently, many professionals rely on unstructured clinical judgment in their assessment of risk for suicide despite numerous calls for a more structured approach. As such, assessing suicidal self-directed violence methods are identified along with a review of evidence-based risk factors for suicide. Several structured professional judgment (SPJ) tools to evaluate the risk for self-directed violence are discussed, including an introduction to a new set of SPJ guidelines for assessing and managing risk for suicide across diverse settings and sectors.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

  • Describe the concept of suicidal self-directed violence and its association with, and distinction from, non-suicidal self-injury

  • Describe awareness and understanding of risk factors related to suicidal self-directed violence

  • Describe the benefits and application of structured professional judgment guidelines in the assessment and management of suicidal self-directed violence

Presented By

Brianne Layden, PhD

Dr. Brianne Layden obtained BA, MA, and PhD degrees in psychology at Simon Fraser University. She worked with the Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission of British Columbia, Canada, as a psychology assistant, and with the DBT Centre of Vancouver as a clinical extern from 2012 to 2016. She also worked as a Forensic Psychology Fellow at the University of Massachusetts Medical School from 2017 to 2018.
  • Intended Audience

    This on-demand program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals.

  • Experience Level

    This on-demand program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

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Protect International Risk and Safety Services

We are proud to partner with Protect International Risk and Safety Services for this training. Protect International's threat assessment professionals are internationally recognized experts that have developed some of the world's most widely used and best-validated threat assessment tools. Protect International provides services and products related to violence risk assessment and management, also known as threat assessment and management. Protect International services and products include threat assessment training and support, case assessment and management, legal consultation, policy review and development, and program evaluation and research; along with threat assessment manuals, worksheets, licenses, and software applications for those tools.

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