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.
Attendance will be tracked using the Zoom platform, and 100% attendance is required to qualify for CEs.
Erin Frick, Psy.D., is an Evidence-Based Psychotherapy (EBP) Champion-Consultant with the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. Located at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California, Dr. Frick serves as an advocate for evidence-based mental health treatment utilization, provides consultation services, informs clinic process improvements, and develops toolkits designed to expand access to and availability of evidence-based psychotherapies.
Dr. Frick received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Manchester College in Indiana. She earned her master’s degree in mental health counseling from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana and her doctorate in clinical psychology from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.
Prior to coming to CDP, she was a contract psychologist treating active duty military members at Travis Air Force Base using EBPs including Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure (including the use of Virtual Reality Therapy), and Cognitive Behavioral Couples Therapy for PTSD. Prior to working with the military, she worked primarily in university counseling centers and community mental health.
Over the course of her career, Dr. Frick’s clinical work has focused on developing group therapy services in mental health clinics, training and supervising staff in the use of group therapy, mindfulness-based treatment, and the assessment and treatment of trauma-related mental health conditions.
Financial: Erin Frick has an employment relationship with Center for Deployment Psychology.
Non-Financial: Erin Frick has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
Sharon Birman, Psy.D., is a CBT trainer working with the Military Training Programs at the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. She joined the CDP in 2014 after completing her postdoctoral fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where she was actively involved in CBT and DBT intervention, supervision and education. She completed her predoctoral internship at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Center, focusing her training suicide prevention and evidence-based interventions for the treatment of individuals with severe, chronic mental illness.
Dr. Birman received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Southern California and her master’s and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University.
Her professional interests are in the areas of intervention and treatment planning for severe and chronic mental illness, suicide prevention, social justice, multicultural and diversity issues in therapy. She has received intensive training in CBT and DBT in a variety of contexts, including hospital setting, community mental health centers, Veterans Affairs and within an applied research lab. She has also received training in Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP), among other therapeutic modalities. She is certified in Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST), and Brief Response to Crisis (BRC).
Financial: Sharon Birman has no relevant financial relationship to disclose
Nonfinancial: Sharon Birman has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose
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