In March 2020, Mad in America Continuing Education will launch an 11-seminar course titled: Innovative Approaches to Working With People Who Are Suicidal. The eleven presentations will focus on the following:

  • What are the social factors, such as unemployment and gun ownership, that are known to affect suicide rates? Do antidepressants reduce—or increase—the risk of suicide?
  • Research that provides insight into how to address the increased risk of suicide associated with the presence of a gun in the home.
  • How doctors can assess whether drug treatment may be provoking suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
  • A public health effort in Oregon that, by carefully analyzing risk factors for suicide, has reduced suicide rates by 40%.
  • Innovative programs, including several developed by people with lived experience, that are proving to be effective in lowering the risk of suicide.
  • How to protect mental health providers from liability when working with people who are suicidal.

The presenters are nationally known for their research and programmatic efforts to develop more effective ways to help people who are suicidal. The course will both provide new insights into understanding the factors driving the increase in suicide, and tell of “therapeutic” approaches that “demedicalize” suicide and instead offer new ways to help people in crisis.

Mad in America has developed this course with the thought that it will be of interest to professionals and lay people alike. This course has been titled “working with” people who are suicidal to emphasize that innovative approaches do not focus on “treating” the suicidal person, but rather on developing collaborative relationships. Four of the eleven webinars will tell of successful peer approaches to grappling with suicide.

MIA is applying for 1 continuing education (CE) credit for each webinar. (The CEs will be for psychologists, social workers, nurses, licensed professional counselors and marriage/family therapists.)

SPECIAL OFFER TO NARPA MEMBERS FOR MAD IN AMERICA'S SEMINAR: The fee for the 11-seminar course is $150. MIA has offered a reduced “group rate” for NARPA of $100 for the series. When you register, enter NARPA in the Coupon Box after selecting the "Enroll in Class for $150." link.