Rethinking Suicide

Presented by Craig Bryan, PsyD, ABPP on 04-08-2022 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern) to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

Over the past two decades, the suicide rate in the United States has steadily increased despite expanded efforts to reverse this trend via expanded awareness campaigns, wide implementation of suicide prevention programs and initiatives, and increased mental health advocacy and anti-stigma campaigns. To the befuddlement, confusion, and frustration of researchers, clinicians, family members, and many others, these efforts have not reversed the trend of rising suicides in the U.S. Why do suicide rates continue to rise despite our best efforts? One possibility is that many of our fundamental assumptions about suicide may be flawed.

In this 2-hour continuing education webinar, Dr. Craig Bryan will critically evaluate several core assumptions about suicide prevention and present alternative perspectives, along with implications for suicide risk screening, treatment, and community-based programming.

This introductory level continuing education webinar is designed to help mental health professionals:

  1. Evaluate the relationship of mental illness with suicidal behavior.
  2. Distinguish between multiple possible pathways to suicide.
  3. Identify several key limitations of prevailing suicide risk screening methods.
  4. Describe the prevention by design framework.
  5. Select empirically-supported strategies to construct a multicomponent suicide prevention plan.

Statement of program material’s accuracy, utility, and risks: This program presents clinical and scientific information about suicide that is consistent with the ethics code of the American Psychological Association. This program discusses strategies for applying the concepts taught in a clinically responsible manner, although the presenter may not know how to apply all principles discussed to every situation or person. A body of research surveyed in the program suggests that the methods are effective and safe. As always, however, misapplication of the concepts with various populations could lead to harmful outcomes.

Declaration of any conflict of interest: Dr. Bryan reports grant funding from the Department of Defense, National Institute of Mental Health, The Boeing Company, and the Navy SEAL Foundation; consulting fees from Oui Therapeutics LLC; royalties from book sales from Guilford Publishers, Taylor & Routledge, Springer Publishing, and Oxford University Press; and equity ownership in Anduril LLC, a company that conducts training workshops and provides consultation specific to suicide prevention.

References:

  1. Bryan, C.J., Butner, J.E., May, A.M., Rugo, K.F., Harris, J.A., Oakey, D.N., Rozek, D.C., & Bryan, A.O. (2020). Nonlinear change processes and the emergence of suicidal behavior: a conceptual model based on the fluid vulnerability theory. New Ideas in Psychology, 57, 100758.
  2. Bryan, C.J., & Rudd, M.D. (2018). Nonlinear change processes during psychotherapy characterize patients who have made multiple suicide attempts. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 48, 386-400.
  3. Kleiman, E. M., Turner, B. J., Fedor, S., Beale, E. E., Huffman, J. C., & Nock, M. K. (2017). Examination of real-time fluctuations in suicidal ideation and its risk factors: Results from two ecological momentary assessment studies. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 126, 726-738.

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Meet the Presenter

Craig Bryan, PsyD, ABPP

Craig Bryan, PsyD, ABPP

Craig Bryan, PsyD, ABPP is a board-certified clinical psychologist with expertise in cognitive-behavioral treatments for people experiencing posttraumatic stress disorder and suicidal thoughts.

Dr. Bryan is an Iraq War veteran and has professional expertise working with veterans, military personnel, and first responders. Dr. Bryan conducts research to help military veterans, first responders, and other adults who are dealing with mental health issues. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific studies and is considered a leading national expert on military suicide. He is also the author of Rethinking Suicide: Why Prevention Fails, and How We Can Do Better.

Dr. Bryan earned a Master of Science degree and a Doctor of Psychology in clinical psychology from Baylor University and completed a clinical psychology residency at the Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. He is currently a Stress, Trauma And Resilience (STAR) Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at The Ohio State University.

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  • aceGoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 03/30/2019 - 03/30/2022.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0395.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.

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