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Talking about Suicide and Self-Harm for Peer Support Specialists

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1.25 CE Hour
Peer Support Specialist, Suicide Prevention

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Suicide risk increases with substance use. A Peer Support Specialist must be prepared to recognize warning signs and discuss suicide with those they serve. Self-harm may appear to be a suicide attempt, but it can be a means of coping for many. This workshop is designed for Peer Support Specialists to learn their role in suicide prevention, how to recognize signs of self-harm, and how and when they should refer to higher levels of care.

Target Audience
  • Peer Support Specialists
  • SAMHSA Core Competencies for Peer Workers in Behavioral Health Services
Educational Goal

The educational goal of this workshop is for Peer Support Specialists to identify their role in suicide prevention, identify signs of self-harm, and understand when and how to refer for higher levels of care.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the appropriate terminology for describing suicide-related events.

  • Identify two or more theories of suicidal behavior.

  • Explain the three stages of suicide.

  • Identify at least two risk factors and at least two warning signs of suicide and self-harm.

  • Identify one suicide prevention support strategy that can be used in the peer role.

Peer Support Specialist
Suicide Prevention
Peer Support Specialists

This workshop is approved for 1.5 General hours of annual required continuing education credits by the Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Behavioral Health for LA Recognized Peer Support Specialists.

SAMHSA Core Competencies for Peer Workers in Behavioral Health Services

Core Competencies covered:

Category 2: Provides support

Category 6: Links to resources, services, and supports

Category 7: Provides information about skills related to health, wellness, and recovery

Category 8: Helps peers to manage crises

CE Policy
This course is fiscally sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Health. There may be potential biases or conflicts of interest inherent to this relationship, and it must be disclosed to participants.
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  • Workshop Ends
Note: Time designated for waiting room, breaks cannot be counted toward CE credit.
Ginger Ross, BA, CRSW, NCPRS

Ginger Ross, and author of Choices Recovery Trainings, has been involved with the Peer Recovery movement since 2015. A person in long-term recovery, and a survivor of a narcissistic abusive relationship and the family court system, she entered the field as an advocate to reduce the stigma and biases felt by those who struggled. After completing her BA in Psychology (2017), she founded Choices Recovery Training and has grown it into the nationally recognized and reputable training service it is today. Choices Recovery Trainings provides current, practical, relatable content for real-world application.

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