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Addressing Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors in Substance Abuse Treatment

Author: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, SAMHSA

Course Created: 2016

Practice Level: Beginner

No book to buy Duration: 2 hours
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Course Summary

This course, based on TIP 50, provides information on working with clients with substance use disorders who have suicidal thoughts and/or behaviors. It covers: Basic suggestions for addressing suicidal thoughts and behaviors; Background information about suicide and substance use disorders, including risk factors and warning signs for suicide; A four-step process for addressing suicidal thoughts and behaviors in substance abuse treatment; and, A set of competencies counselors should incorporate to work effectively with clients who are suicidal.

Course Format

This course contains downloadable online lessons (PDF or Word) and a practice test. When you're ready, purchase the course by clicking the "Add To Cart" button. This will let you take the test, complete the course evaluation and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the incidence of suicide.
  • Describe risk factors for suicide.
  • Explain suicidal intent.
  • Describe protective factors for suicide.

Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • Getting Ready to Address Suicidality
  • Background Information
  • GATE
  • Procedures for Substance Abuse Counselors
  • Competencies

Social Workers:

This organization, CE4Less, provider #1115, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education ACE) program. CE4Less maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 8/8/2018-8/8/2021. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.


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