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CDP Presents: Social Connectedness and Youth Suicide Prevention

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Dr. Alejandra Arango
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90 Min
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Suicide is one of the leading causes of death among youth in the United States. In addition to understanding factors that place a youth at elevated risk for suicide, it is important to identify and enhance factors that promote resilience. This webinar will focus on the protective role that interpersonal connectedness, across relational domains, can serve. Literature examining the relationship between connectedness and youth suicide risk will be reviewed. Additionally, promising interventions and approaches anchored in connectedness will be presented. Considerations for military connected youth will be discussed. Participants will leave with enhanced knowledge about the critical role that connectedness can serve to youth suicide prevention efforts, as well as ideas for enhancing connectedness in their own practice.


Learning Objectives:

Attendees will be able to:

  • Explain the relationship between social connectedness and youth suicide risk

  • Evaluate emerging areas of clinical and community practice for working with youth at elevated risk for suicide, with a focus on enhancing social connectedness 


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Alejandra Arango is a Clinical Child Psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Michigan Medicine. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Science at the University of Michigan. Dr. Arango completed a pre-doctoral internship in Integrated Behavioral Health at Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Michigan Medicine. Clinically, she is interested in working with adolescents presenting with depression, psychosis, and trauma, and for whom suicide-specific interventions are a core aspect of treatment. Her research interests are in interpersonal factors that positively impact suicide risk, as well as evidence-based practices for intervening with youth at elevated risk for suicide.