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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Suicide Prevention

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Suicide Prevention
Elizabeth Parins |  Jeffrey Mann
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The Center for Deployment Psychology will be presenting a two-day course in the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Suicide Prevention on 9 - 10 August 2022, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Eastern

Registration for the course is $45 and comes with 14 CEs. (Please note the refund policy at the bottom of the page.)

Course Description: This intensive two-day module provides training in the assessment and treatment of suicidal ideation and behavior.  Participants will receive in-depth training in cognitive-behavioral therapy for suicide prevention and will have the opportunity to practice assessment and intervention strategies.  Video demonstrations and participant role-plays will be used in class to practice key assessment and treatment techniques. The module lays the foundation for working with suicidal patients by providing a detailed review of the epidemiology of suicide both in the civilian population and within the military/Veteran community. Participants will be introduced to the Self-Directed Violence Classification System (SDVCS), a nomenclature supported by the DoD/VA for self-directed violence and suicidal behavior. In addition, a review of several theories of suicide will be covered, as well as risk and protective factors for suicidal behavior.  The module is designed for behavioral health providers working with Service members and Veterans who are seeking in-depth training in empirically supported treatment options they can immediately incorporate into their clinical practice.  The training will provide hands-on practice activities and is geared toward an actively involved audience through discussion and in workshop activities.  Participants must attend both days, as the course material is cumulative.  

Instructional Content: Intermediate

Target Audience: For behavioral health providers who treat military personnel, veterans, and their  families.  

Attendance Requirements:

  • Attendees must attend the entire workshop series to earn credit.
  • Role play participation is an attendance requirement for this workshop to receive credit. If you log out deliberately or do not participate during the role plays, that will count against participation.
  • Content in this workshop is cumulative, and attendees are required to attend and participate entirely to receive CE credits.
  • Please note that all participants must attend from their own account and not as part of a group sharing one computer.
  • A functioning microphone is MANDATORY in order to be able to participate in the role-play sessions.
  • Cameras will not be used for this workshop.
  • Please note that role play participation is an attendance requirement for this workshop to receive credit. Logging out deliberately or lack of participation during role plays will count against attendance. If you are unable to participate, or prefer to observe, please let us know, and we will accommodate as needed.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Differentiate between rates of suicide in civilian and military populations and identify the clinical implications of these differences.

  2. Categorize suicidal and non-suicidal thoughts and behaviors in relation to clinical assessment. 

  3. Apply at least one psychological theory of suicide to the process of clinical assessment and treatment planning. 

  4. Integrate suicide risk and protective factors unique to military populations into overall risk assessment for suicide.

  5. Develop a safety plan in collaboration with a patient.

  6. Use means safety counseling in patient interactions to improve clinical outcomes.

  7. Create a timeline of a patient's suicidal crisis for use in treatment.

  8. Evaluate key negative thoughts associated with the intent to die by suicide as related to clinical practice.

  9. Apply CBT formulation of suicide using the expanded case conceptualization model of the suicidal crisis. 

  10. Use cognitive, behavioral, and affective coping strategies associated with CBT-SP to help patients cope with suicide urges. 

  11. Modify standard behavioral activation practices to be applied within the CBT-SP protocol. 

  12. Use the guided imagery exercise as part of the relapse prevention protocol for CBT-SP. 


Day One
0900 – 0915    Course Introduction
0915 – 0930    Epidemiology of Suicide
0930 – 1010    Nomenclature
1010 – 1040    Risk and Protective Factors
1040 – 1055    Theoretical Underpinnings: Interpersonal Psychological Theory of                        

                        Suicide Risk – Dr. Thomas Joiner
1055 – 1110    Theoretical Underpinnings: Three-Step Theory of Suicide –
                        Drs. David Klonsky and Alexis May
1110 – 1125    Break
1125 – 1145    Cognitive Therapy for Suicide Prevention –
                        Empirical support for CBT
1145 – 1230    Intro to Cognitive Therapy for Suicide Prevention
                        Theory of CBT
                        Structure of treatment
                        Session structure
1230 – 1300    CBT for Suicide Prevention, Early Phase of Treatment – Overview
1300 – 1400    Lunch
1400 – 1425    Fluid Vulnerability Theory 
1425 – 1555    CBT for Suicide Prevention, Early Phase of Treatment –
                        Conducting a suicide risk assessment
                        Suicide risk continuum 
                        Suicide risk assessment role play
1555 – 1610    Break
1610 – 1640    Narrative Description
1640 – 1715    Constructing a Timeline
1715 – 1730    Questions and Wrap-up
1730    Adjourn

Day Two
0900 – 0910    Check-In and Review of Day 1 
0910 – 1010    Crisis Intervention
                        Safety planning
                        Crisis response plan
                        Hope Box
1010 – 1110    Means Safety Counseling
1110 – 1125    Break
1125 – 1200    Means Safety Counseling Role Play
1200 – 1245    Treatment Planning and Cognitive Case Conceptualization
1245 – 1345    Lunch
1345 – 1525    Intermediate Phase of Treatment
                        Behavioral strategies Coping strategies
                        Cognitive strategies
1525 – 1540    Break
1540 – 1720    Later Phase of Treatment –
                        Review and consolidation of skills Relapse prevention
                        Review of goals and treatment planning
1720 – 1730    Questions

1730    Adjourn

*Please note that agenda times are approximate and subject to change, depending on the needs of the workshop.

Continuing Education:
Course Completion Requirements: Participants are required to attend the entire training. Partial credits  cannot be issued. Attendance is taken through the use of electronic logs, and a post-training evaluation form must be completed in order to receive CE credits. There is a 30-day time limit post-training to  complete all CE requirements. CE Credit Certificates will be made available via CE21 within 30 days after  all course requirements have been completed. 

American Psychological Association Sponsor Approval: The Center for Deployment Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Center for Deployment Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Association of Social Work Boards Approved Continuing Education Provider Approval: The Center for Deployment Psychology, #1761, 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. The Center for Deployment Psychology maintains responsibility for this  course. ACE provider approval period: 5/19/2022-5/19/2025. This course is under review for credit these credits.
Inquiries regarding CE credits may be directed via email to Aric Bowie at

Online Platform: Zoom
Date: 8/9/2022 - 8/10/2022
Time: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm, Eastern
Registration Information: Registration is done through event management system CE21, a registration link can be found on the CDP upcoming trainings page.
Registration Deadline: Registration for this training closes one week prior to the training date. Space is very limited and tends to fill well before the training date.
Cancellations/Questions: Please contact if you have any questions or need to  cancel your registration.
Registration Cost/Refunds: The cost for this training is $45. Registration fees will be refunded to  participants who send a written cancellation via email to no less than 4 weeks before the training. No refunds will be made after the training.

Location Information: Training will be held in Zoom.

Instructional Format: This live webinar is fully interactive. Attendees may ask and answer questions  throughout the presentation and participate in instructor-led discussions.

System Requirements:
Internet connection, broadband wired or wireless.
Operating System:
Windows 7 or higher, Mac OS X with MacOS 10.9 or higher • Web Browser: Internet Explorer 11+, Edge 12+, Firefox 27+, Chrome 30+, Safari 7+ • Hardware: 1Ghz processor or higher.
For more specific system requirements, see the Zoom system requirements page here:

Special Accommodations:
If you require special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Aric Bowie at 4 weeks prior to the training so that we may provide you with appropriate service.

For any grievances or concerns with this training including those related to course content, non-receipt  of certificate or other occurrences, participants may contact CDP’s Continuing Education Director, Ms. Amanda  Milochik, via email at




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Assistant Director, Civilian Training Programs


Libby Parins, Psy.D., began her professional career as a Naval Officer where she served in San Diego, CA and Bremerton, WA as a psychologist. She has worked for the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) since 2007, and is currently the Assistant Director of Civilian Training Programs. She has served with the CDP as a faculty member on APA accredited psychology internship programs and as a project developer and trainer in military and civilian programs. Her clinical interest and expertise include depression, suicidal ideation, and trauma.

She has traveled widely across the United States and Europe providing continuing education to civilian and military behavioral health providers. Her courses include Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD, Cognitive Therapy for Suicide Prevention, Ethics, Depression, TBI, Sleep Disorders, Substance Abuse in Military Populations, Military Culture and the Deployment Cycle. Currently, she is based in North Carolina and loves dancing Argentinian Tango in her spare time.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Elizabeth Parins has no relevant financial relationship to disclose

Nonfinancial: Elizabeth Parins has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose

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Jeffrey Mann, Psy.D., is a Senior Military Internship Behavioral Health Psychologist at the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and is located at Naval Medical Center San Diego. Dr. Mann is a Veteran of the United States Air Force (USAF) where he served as a psychologist from 2009 to 2013. In 2013, he deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Dr. Mann received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from DePauw University and his master’s and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, with a specialization in primary care psychology. He is a 2010 graduate of the Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center Psychology Residency Program.

Dr. Mann’s clinical work has focused on the assessment and treatment of trauma-related mental health conditions, anxiety disorders, insomnia and the use of Telebehavioral Health.


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