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  • Clinical Guidelines for Suicide Prevention

    Suicide is a significant problem for the Defense Department. For providers, an essential piece of suicide prevention is a proven, step-by-step approach to treating potentially suicidal patients. A recent webinar presented by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury highlighted how the military constantly updates its suicide clinical practice guidelines.

    Eric Rodgers, director of the evidence-based practice program at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), talked about the standards and procedures for updating these guidelines.

    Suicide clinical practice guidelines undergo review by evidence-based practice workgroups. Workgroups include representatives from VA and the Defense Department, as well as individuals from multiple disciplines. They incorporate patient input and identify how new guidelines will affect treatment outcomes. The groups which oversee the suicide guidelines include members specifically chosen to address the subject of suicide.

    Guidelines often need multiple reviews before approval. In some cases they may not meet standards for approval at all.

  • DCoE Webinar: Psychologist Discusses Methods to Manage Suicidal Patients

    Identifying risks in suicidal patients and knowing how to handle the situation in a clinically appropriate, legally sound manner can help save a life.

    That’s the message a psychologist with the Department of Veterans Affairs will deliver in a webinar hosted by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury 1-2:30 p.m. (ET) Sept. 24.