Cultural Competency in Suicide Assessment and Management

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CE Credit: 2

Length: 2 hours

This second workshop (of a three-part series) addresses the assessment and management of suicide in culturally diverse (ethnic minority, LGBTQ, and other) populations. Participants will gain a foundational understanding of how suicide differs across cultural groups, and will learn advances in culturally competent suicide assessment and management. Ultimately, the workshop covers state-of-science theoretical, measurement, and applied approaches to assist clinicians in accounting for cultural influences on suicide risk among diverse populations. The workshop will utilize didactic presentation infused with clinical discussion and case practice.

Learning Objectives

1. Discuss the latest research on cultural differences in suicide, and culturally competent assessment and prevention of suicide among ethnic minority and LGBTQ populations.

2. Describe a guiding framework and assessment tools/approaches that will advance culturally competent suicide practice with diverse populations.


Joyce Chu Joyce Chu, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist, Associate Professor, and Faculty Chair at Palo Alto University (PAU). Dr. Chu co-directs the Center for Excellence in Diversity and Diversity and Community Mental Health (DCMH) emphasis at PAU. Dr. Chu’s work is focused around advancing the assessment and prevention of suicide for ethnic minority and LGBTQ populations, particularly in Asian Americans. Her work is community-collaborative and aims to address the need for culturally congruent outreach and service options for underserved communities.
Bruce Bongar Bruce Bongar, PhD, ABPP, FAPM, CPsychol, CSci is the Calvin Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Palo Alto University. Dr. Bongar has been a prolific contributor to the scholarly literature and research on risk factors associated with suicidal behavior and other clinical emergencies. He has received numerous awards for his work on suicide from organizations such as the American Association of Suicidology, the Division of Clinical Psychology of the APA, the California Psychological Association, and others.
Peter Goldblum Peter Goldblum, PhD, MPH is professor Emeritus at Palo Alto University and Project Manager of Project Trust at San Francisco Theological Seminary, which strives to promote mental health collaboration between Clergy and Mental Health Providers. He is the founding director of the Center for LGBTQ Evidence-based Applied Research and the Sexual and Gender Identities Clinic at PAU. His work focuses on cross cultural and collaborative efforts to include a cultural lens to current clinical problems, including suicide.
Christopher Weaver Christopher Weaver, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist, Associate Professor, and Director of the Forensic Psychology Program at Palo Alto University. He is published in topics including improving suicide risk documentation, PTSD, and offending among veterans.  He is currently revising his Law and Mental Health textbook designed to educate psychologists about case law affecting forensic and clinical practice. He collaborates with the VA’s National Center for PTSD and Veterans Justice Programs, developing evidence-based programs to enhance police mental health crisis response.

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Supplementary Materials

  • Cultural Competency-Workshop 2
  • CARS Measure Manual
  • CARS-S Manual