Under the direction of Judith S. Beck, PhD, and led by Marjan Holloway, PhD, this experiential workshop will provide an overview of evidence-based cognitive behavioral strategies that can be used for the treatment of military personnel and veterans with suicide-related ideation and/or behaviors. Instruction on both outpatient and inpatient delivery of the interventions will be provided. Emphasis will be placed on risk and protective indicators for the military and veteran communities.
First, participants will learn about basic cognitive behavioral strategies for structuring sessions – including setting a collaborative agenda, prioritizing items on the session agenda, assigning action plan(s), measuring progress, and eliciting feedback. Second, participants will become familiar with Aaron Beck’s cognitive model for suicide as a framework for conceptualizing and treating their patients. Third, the components of an efficacious and brief 10-session outpatient and an adapted 6-session inpatient cognitive behavioral treatment protocol will be reviewed.
Emphasis will be placed on specific techniques of intervention (e.g., assisting clients with the suicide “story” narrative, building skills such as emotion regulation and problem solving, instilling hope, preventing relapse, planning for safety) in order to assist providers in maximizing the safety of individuals at risk for suicide. Opportunities to learn about helpful online tools and resources will be provided. Attendees will practice learned strategies within a group setting and questions about expected implementation challenges will be addressed.