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SWHPN / HPNA Webinar: Why Suicide Happens: How Clinicians Can Reduce Risk for Patients, Caregivers, Colleagues, and Loved Ones
Tuesday, March 09, 2021, 3:00 AM - 4:30 PM EST
Category: Webinars

Suicide risk training is more likely to be needed than CPR training, yet many clinicians aren’t adequately trained to assess for suicide risk in their patients, colleagues, or loved ones. Understanding the dynamic nature of suicidal thoughts are critical to providing “mental health first aid” clinicians can provide in a time of increasing isolation and hopelessness.

To that end, join the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network (SWHPN) and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) for a joint session with Brian Mistler, PhD, clinical psychologist and President of ResolutionCare Network, for a discussion on how clinicians can better understand suicide risk, methods for assessment, and how to reduce suicide risk for patients and families during times of anxiety and depression. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions to Dr. Mister following the presentation as well as discuss their own experiences in the clinical setting. 

Target audience: Social Workers, Nurses, Psychosocial Professionals, Physicians, and related Clinicians

Content level: Beginner

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the relationship between lack of connection, hopelessness, and pain that leads to increased risk of suicidal thoughts.

  • Separate the risk of suicidal ideation from the four additional components that increase the danger of a suicide attempt.

  • Translate basic suicide prevention theory into intervention targets that reduce risk for patients, caregivers, colleagues, and others.

  • Identify barriers to discussing suicide directly.

Live Webinar Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Time: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. ET / 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. PT

Fee: $10 for SWHPN Members and Non-Members / Open to All

CEs available: 1.5 CE Hours for Social Workers


Can’t attend the live webinar? A recording of the session will be made available for purchase following the live event on March 9.

About the Instructor:

Brian Mistler, PhD, is a national suicide prevention expert and organizational “overcoming stuckness” consultant who has provided training to hundreds of healthcare teams, tech companies, universities, and hospitals across the country. As a licensed psychologist and data scientist, Dr. Mistler has been awarded two major federal research grants and published widely on legal, human resources, and social justice issues in top journals. As a top-executive, Mistler serves on a few boards, has managed several large organizations through rapid growth, and is currently President of ResolutionCare Network, a tele-palliative healthcare company headquartered in Eureka, California. Learn more at http://drmistler.com/business.

Continuing Education Information:

Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network aka SWHPN, #1716, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network aka SWHPN maintains responsibility for the program.  ASWB Approval Period: 7/18/2020 – 7/18/2023. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this webinar will receive 1.5 continuing education clock hours.

Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network 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-0503.

To earn CE credit, social workers must attend the entire course and complete a course evaluation following the webinar.

If you need accommodations, please reach out to Natalie Kovacic, Program Manager, at [email protected]


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