Suicide Assessment: A Usable and Comprehensive Approach

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CE Credit: 2

Length: 2 hours

This first workshop (of a three-part series) will provide instruction and a forum for clinical discussion and case practice, on the current gold standard practice for suicide assessment. A useable framework and accessible guidelines will ensure that workshop participants are able to competently assess for suicide risk in their practice, incorporating the latest standards in suicide science. The workshop will also attend to legal and ethical standards of care and documentation.

Learning Objectives

1. Identify key steps of suicide risk assessment, grounded in a conceptualization of dynamic versus static risk factors.

2. Discuss important clinical and legal documentation considerations involved in the suicide risk management.


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

  • Suicide: Workshop 1
  • Weaver Suicide Risk Live Practice Example Organization Case
  • Weaver Suicide Risk Live Practice Example Organization
  • SAFE-S