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This 60-minute webinar addresses suicide risk assessment, prevention, and treatment. At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Describe two key aspects of the Aeschi model of psychotherapeutic care for suicidal patients
  • Define management vs. treatment of suicidality 
  • Describe the therapeutic value of the clinical narrative


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US Department of Veterans Affairs. (2020, November 19). 2020 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report. VAntage Point. 

Naifeh, J. A., Mash, H. B. H., Stein, M. B., Vance, M. C., Aliaga, P. A., Fullerton, C. S., Dinh, H. M., Wynn, G. H., Kao, T.-C., Sampson, N. A., Kessler, R. C., & Ursano, R. J. (2021). Sex Differences in US Army Suicide Attempts During the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Medical Care, 59(2 Suppl), S42–S50. 

Hoffmire, C. A., Monteith, L. L., Forster, J. E., Bernhard, P. A., Blosnich, J. R., Vogt, D., Maguen, S., Smith, A. A., & Schneiderman, A. I. (2021). Gender differences in lifetime prevalence and onset timing of suicidal ideation and suicide attempt among post-9/11 veterans and nonveterans. Medical Care, 59, S84–S91. 

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Gysin-Maillart, A., Schwab, S., Soravia, L., Megert, M., & Michel, K. (2016). A novel brief therapy for patients who attempt suicide: A 24-months follow-up randomized controlled study of the Attempted Suicide Short Intervention Program (ASSIP). PLoS Medicine, 13(3), e1001968.  

Michel, K. (2015). ASSIP Attempted Suicide Short Intervention Program: A Manual for Clinicians (1st edition). Hogrefe Publishing. 

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Denneson, L. M., Tompkins, K. J., McDonald, K. L., Hoffmire, C. A., Britton, P. C., Carlson, K. F., Smolenski, D. J., & Dobscha, S. K. (2020). Gender differences in the development of suicidal behavior among United States military veterans: A national qualitative study. Social Science & Medicine, 260, 113178. 

Denneson, L. M., Tompkins, K. J., McDonald, K. L. B., Britton, P. C., Hoffmire, C. A., Smolenski, D. J., Carlson, K. F., & Dobscha, S. K. (2021). Gender Differences in Recovery Needs After a Suicide Attempt: A National Qualitative Study of US Military Veterans. Medical Care. 

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Kate Comtois headshotKatherine (Kate) Comtois, PhD, MPH

Katherine (Kate) Comtois is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. She has developed or adapted interventions to improve care and clinician willingness to work with suicidal patients including Caring Contacts, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS), and Preventing Addiction Related Suicide (PARS), and Accepting the Challenges of Employment and Self-Sufficiency (DBT-ACES), a program to assist psychiatrically disabled individuals find and maintain living wage employment. Dr. Comtois is the director of the Center for Suicide Prevention and Recovery (CSPAR) whose mission is to promote the recovery of suicidal individuals and the effectiveness and well-being of the clinicians and families who care for them by conducting rigorous and ecologically valid research, developing innovative interventions, improving policies, systems and environments of care, and providing expert training and consultation. In addition to clinical research, she founded the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration (SIRC) and is the PI and Director of the Military Suicide Research Consortium Dissemination and Implementation core.  These organizations focus on disseminating and implementing innovative, evidence-based interventions in the systems that need them.

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