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 Utah Psychological Association

Suicide Risk/Assessment. Nancy A. Piotrowski, Ph.D.

  • March 25, 2022
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Livestream event via Zoom


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3 CE Credits


By attending this educational event, participants will be able to:

  1. Differentiate among key terms related to suicidal behavior;
  2. Identify suicide risk screening/assessment methods by setting and population;
  3. Formulate strategies for documentation of screening/assessment for patient care and safety plans

Course Overview:

Suicide is a preventable public health problem and psychologists and other mental health professionals have a role in prevention. This training will familiarize attendees with important terms, screening and assessment methods, and prevention approaches. Emphasis will be placed on identifying practical tools for use in different settings and circumstances, as well as with different populations. Models for prevention, as well as postvention strategies and professional self-care will be addressed through lecture, video, case presentation, and small group discussion. A suggested reading list will be provided, along with other resource material.


9:00: Introduction to terms, risk and protective factors, relevant current events and contexts affecting suicidal ideation and behavior

9:45: Understanding why we use slightly different approaches to thinking about risk and Screening and assessment by setting and population

10:15: Break

10:30: Screening and assessment approaches for work with adults and youth

11:30: Documentation considerations and resources for additional learning

12:00: Dismiss

Presenter Biography:

Nancy A. Piotrowski, Ph.D. is a psychologist licensed in California (PSY14524) and a master addiction counselor (MAC).  She has worked in suicide prevention and postvention for over 25 years in varied roles such as community hotline volunteer, clinician, researcher, and expert evaluator doing psychological autopsy investigation.  She currently teaches at The Wright Institute in the Clinical Psychology program and for University of California, Berkeley Extension.  She has over 150 published items in the psychology, advocacy, and public health literatures.

Dr. Piotrowski is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), serves on the APA Council of Representatives, and as a Commissioner on the National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals.  She maintains a private consultation practice in addition to conducting research on clinical and prevention topics in psychology. 

Workshop Location:

Live, virtual webinar via Zoom webinar.


   UPA Members Non-Members of UPA 
 On or before March 18, 2022  $75  $100
 After March 18, 2022 $100   $125

 UPA Student/Resident Members Non-Member Students /Residents
 No Charge  $25


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