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Suicide and PTSD: Navigating Risk and Tailoring Evidence-Based Treatment


Continuing Education

This section brings together free in-depth Continuing Education resources for the Professional community concerned with trauma.

Suicide and PTSD: Navigating Risk and Tailoring Evidence-Based Treatment

  • Date Created: 03/ 3/2021
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, ACCME, NBCC, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101, PTSD Consultation Lecture Series

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Suicide and PTSD: Navigating Risk and Tailoring Evidence-Based Treatment Author(s):

Ryan Holliday, PhD


Veteran suicide remains a significant public health concern and those diagnosed with PTSD are potentially at elevated risk. This course reviews prevalence for suicidal ideation and attempt among Veterans, including an overview of risk factors.

The relationship between suicide and PTSD is explained using theory-driven frameworks, with attention to the transition from suicidal thoughts to behavior.

The author presents methods for tailoring suicide risk assessment, noting challenges and risk stratification methods. The course includes clinical strategies, including acute suicide risk intervention, safety plan development, and addressing suicide risk within the context of evidence-based PTSD treatment.

Goals and Objectives

  • Identify suicide risk among Veterans with PTSD
  • Describe the link between PTSD and suicide using leading theories of suicide
  • Identify empirically-supported methods of assessing and intervening upon suicide risk within the context of PTSD treatment

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Also see: VA Mental Health