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Tele-Assessment of Suicide Risk for Children and Youth Amidst COVID-19

Suicide is a leading cause of death in children and youth across North America, and the increased stress and social isolation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has likely done nothing but exacerbate this already global issue. Psychologists and other mental health professionals across North America, are asking themselves “What are the best-practices for assessment of suicide risk in children and youth?” And, “How can these approaches be translated into a tele-assessment delivery?”

Hear two esteemed experts discuss suicide risk assessment amidst these troubling times:

  • Dr. Lisa Horowitz, Staff Scientist and Clinical Psychologist at the National Institute of Mental Health and Topic Expert (Suicide Screening) for the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.
  • Mike Velthuis Kroeze, Crisis Program Manager and Registered Social Worker at the Calgary Distress Centre.

This panel format session will include short lectures from the speakers, followed by a Q&A session. Participants will have a chance to submit questions in advance of the event, as well as in the live chat. 

The webinar will be held on November 9, 2020, and will run from 9:00am to 12:00pm (Mountain Time).

This webinar will be hosted using Zoom and recorded for those of you who are unable to attend the live event. All registrants will receive a link to the recorded webinar and all presentation materials several days after the conclusion of the event.

Continuing Education (CE) Credits: Earn 3 CE credits from the Canadian Psychological Association for attending this sponsored event.

Participants in this workshop will develop a greater understanding of:

  • Recent epidemiological trends in child and youth suicidality in North America.
  • The ethical considerations when conducting virtual suicide risk assessments with children and youth.
  • Practical strategies for conducting virtual suicide risk assessments.
  • Advances in suicide screening and review of the freely available Ask Suicide Questionnaire (ASQ) and Brief Suicide Safety Assessment (BSSA).
  • The recently created COVID-19 Youth Suicide Risk Screening Pathway.
  • In the event that participants cannot attend the live event, the webinar will be recorded and distributed to those who have paid. Those who view the recorded webinar will still be eligible to obtain continuing education credits.

To register for this event, please click the following link: