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Finding a Reason to Live: The Etiology of Suicide, Prevention and Evidence Based Interventions (Part II)

May 19, 2021 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT

This is a two part series presented via Zoom. Attendance and participation in both events will be required in order to earn CME/CEU. (Accreditation information forthcoming.) Part I occurs on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 9:00am – 12:00pm.

Program Description
Suicide rates in the United States continue to increase, and many clinicians do not receive specialized training in assessment or intervention.  Patients and families living with HIV and AIDS often experience higher rates of suicidal ideation and completed suicide attempts.  This interactive course will discuss the common etiology of suicidal behavior, as well as risk assessment, intervention, safety planning and prevention. This course also provides a review of the importance of self‑care in relation to compassion fatigue.

Learning Objectives
Participants will:

  • Learn about the status and trends of suicide on state and national levels.Identify populations at higher risk for suicidality including individuals living with HIV and AIDS.
  • Describe the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide as one way of defining the Etiology of Suicidality
  • Identify evidence-based approaches to suicide assessment and understanding of what makes someone suicidal
  • Explain the role and value of safety planning in an overall suicide prevention quality improvement initiative
  • Examine the science and evidence associated with safety planning
  • Illustrate how to create a safety plan with a client, including examples of types of elements that can be included in a plan
  • Review concepts of compassion fatigue and self-compassion and how this relates to their own self care


Meghan Henderson, MSSW, LCSW is the Clinical Practice Leader in Behavioral Health at UnityPoint Health Meriter.  In her current position, she provides leadership to advance professional nursing and other professional’s practice.  The Clinical Practice Leader is responsible for assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating clinical programs to meet the needs and improve the outcomes of patients, patient populations, the organization, and the system.

Meghan is a leader of the Zero Suicide Initiative at UnityPoint – Meriter Hospital.  Her special interests within the mental health field include working with individuals with chronic suicidality, exploring shame-resiliency, and working with care givers and families to help them better understand their loved one, and set helpful, realistic boundaries.

Meghan has been working in the field of Mental Health since 2006.  Prior to her joining Meriter in 2014, she worked as a Psychotherapist at the Menninger Clinic in Houston, TX, providing individual, group and family therapy to individuals with mental illness and their families.  She has specialized training in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, The Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS), Mentalization Based Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Meghan is also an Associate Lecturer in the Graduate School of Social Work at UW-Madison. Here she creates and teaches curriculum related to psychopathology, crisis interventions, and assessing and treating adults with mental illness.

Register: www.matec.info/event/?ER_ID=37099


May 19, 2021
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT
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