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Responding to Suicide Survivors - Beginner

     The online activity “Responding to Suicide Survivors” hosts a discussion of what suicide is, who suicide survivors are, and what it may mean in a cultural context. You will learn pertinent statistics of suicide, risk factors of suicide, and who may be at risk of suicide. You will also learn about some protective factors that can be used to lower the risk of suicide. You will learn about the common reactions a suicide survivor may have, how to respond to their reactions, and viable options to help the survivors of suicide cope more purposefully. This online activity will also cover topics that can hinder the healing process for the survivor, and give examples of what not to say or do.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: 

  •        Recall potential risk factors of suicide.
  •        Describe the grieving process with the survivors.
  •        Recall options that can help the survivors.
  •        Analyze the thought progression of a suicidal person.
  •        Describe ways to help a grieving colleague.
  •        Demonstrate differences between actions and words that can help or hinder the survivor.
  •        Demonstrate helpful responses to say to a suicide survivor.


Course Outline:

This course features a video presentation along with a posttest that has a total completion time of 1 credit hour.

Continuing Education:

Continuing Education Hours / Clock Hours for: Counselors / Social Workers / School Psychologists / Marriage & Family Therapists / Psychologists / Art Therapists / School Counselors / Play Therapists: 1

NBCC Clock Hours: 1/0.1 CEUs.

Presenter: Dennis Potter LMSW, FAAETS

     Dennis Potter, LMSW, FAAETS, received a BS Degree from Grand Valley State University and a MSW from the University of Michigan. He has over 25 years of experience in mental health and crisis intervention. He was a founding member of the Kent County Crisis Response Team, the Mid-West Michigan CISM Team, and the Michigan Crisis Response Association. He is recognized as a Fellow by the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and has presented at many local, national and international conferences. Dennis has a part-time private practice and does training and consulting regarding numerous mental health topics. He worked to develop the course “Building Skills For Crisis Intervention Teams” and is an ICISF approved instructor for “Group Crisis Intervention”; “Advanced Group Crisis Intervention”; “Individual Crisis Intervention & Peer Support”; “Responding to School Crises”; “Law Enforcement Perspectives for CISM Enhancement”; “Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention“; and “Strategic Response to Crisis”. He has written articles for various journals and co-created the model for Post Action Staff Support (Debriefing the Debriefers), which is featured in the ICISF Advanced Training Workbook. Potter is also a co-author of the book Practical Concepts and Training Exercises for Crisis Intervention Teams and the additional CD of expanded role plays for CISM teams.

This online activity is designed for:

     Social workers (LCSW, LMSW, LISW, BSW, AAW), psychologists (Ph.D., Psy.D., Ed.D.) school counselors, school psychologist, professional counselors (LMHC, LCMHC, CMHC, LPC, LCPC), marriage and family therapists (LMFT, LIMFT) art therapists, play therapists, occupational therapists, graduate students, and others in the mental health-related field.  This is a beginner level online activity which means that no previous experience is needed in order to participate.

How to access online activity after purchase:

     To gain access this online course, the participant will be required to create an account on BizVision.  Once a participant logs into his/her BizVision account and provides payment for the online course, the presentation and any supplementary materials will be made available for use.  A posttest and evaluation will also be sent at the completion of the course to be completed.  Once all aspects of the course have been successfully completed, the participant can expect to receive a certificate of completion via email.

ADA Accommodations:

     If you have a disability that you feel may impede your ability to participate in this online activity, please contact Chesapeake Beach Professional Seminars by phone or email at least 3 weeks in advance of the online activity date in order to provide reasonable accommodations.

Provider Certifications:

     CBPS is approved by the District of Columbia and the Maryland Social Work Examiners to sponsor Category 1 continuing education programs; CBPS is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.  CBPS solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.  NBCC Provider #5763; approved by the National Association of School Psychologists, approval #1067.  CBPS is approved by the Association of Play Therapy; APT Approved Provider #97-034.  CBPS is recognized by SED’s State Board for Social Work, provider #0122 and Mental Health Counselors, provider #MHC-0009 and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists, provider #MFT-0008 in New York.  CBPS maintains responsibility for this training.

     Approved for Clock Hours for Art Therapists (LCAT, ATR-BC) through NBCC.

     Chesapeake Beach Professional Seminars provider #1602 is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program.  Chesapeake Beach Professional Seminars maintains responsibility for the program.  ASWB Approval Period: 5/14/2018 to 5/14/2019.  Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.  Social workers participating in this course will receive 1 continuing education clock hours.

CE Certificates:

     After completion of the online activity, participants who have provided payment, completed the posttest, and have submitted a course evaluation will receive a certificate of completion via email.  Certificates will be delivered within 30 days of completion of the course.

Grievance Protocol:

     Please contact Chesapeake Beach Professional Seminars via email (cbps2006@gmail.com) or phone (240-535-1433) and we will send you our Grievance Report document for you to fill out and send back to us.  On this form we will need you to provide basic contact information as well as a detailed description of the grievance you wish to report.  All reports will be reviewed, responded to, and appropriate measures will be taken to address any concerns or issues you may have with CBPS, its staff, or training materials.

Continuing Education:  

     Continuing Education Hours / Clock Hours for Counselors/Social Workers/ School Psychologists/MFCCs/Play Therapists: 1

NBCC Clock Hours: 1/0.1 CEUs

Presenter: Dennis Potter LMSW, FAAETS

     Dennis Potter, LMSW, FAAETS, received a BS Degree from Grand Valley State University and a MSW from the University of Michigan. He has over 25 years of experience in mental health and crisis intervention. He was a founding member of the Kent County Crisis Response Team, the Mid-West Michigan CISM Team, and the Michigan Crisis Response Association. He is recognized as a Fellow by the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and has presented at many local, national and international conferences. Dennis has a part-time private practice and does training and consulting regarding numerous mental health topics. He worked to develop the course “Building Skills For Crisis Intervention Teams” and is an ICISF approved instructor for “Group Crisis Intervention”; “Advanced Group Crisis Intervention”; “Individual Crisis Intervention & Peer Support”; “Responding to School Crises”; “Law Enforcement Perspectives for CISM Enhancement”; “Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention“; and “Strategic Response to Crisis”. He has written articles for various journals and co-created the model for Post Action Staff Support (Debriefing the Debriefers), which is featured in the ICISF Advanced Training Workbook. Potter is also a co-author of the book Practical Concepts and Training Exercises for Crisis Intervention Teams and the additional CD of expanded role plays for CISM teams.

This online activity is designed for:

     Social workers (LCSW, LMSW, LISW, BSW, AAW), psychologists (Ph.D., Psy.D., Ed.D.) school counselors, school psychologist, professional counselors (LMHC, LCMHC, CMHC, LPC, LCPC), marriage and family therapists (LMFT, LIMFT) art therapists, play therapists, occupational therapists, graduate students, and others in the mental health-related field.  This is a beginner level online activity which means that no previous experience is needed in order to participate.

How to access online activity after purchase:

     To gain access this online course, the participant will be required to create an account on BizVision.  Once a participant logs into his/her BizVision account and provides payment for the online course, the presentation and any supplementary materials will be made available for use.  A posttest and evaluation will also be sent at the completion of the course to be completed.  Once all aspects of the course have been successfully completed, the participant can expect to receive a certificate of completion via email.

ADA Accommodations:

     If you have a disability that you feel may impede your ability to participate in this online activity, please contact Chesapeake Beach Professional Seminars by phone or email at least 3 weeks in advance of the online activity date in order to provide reasonable accommodations.

     CBPS is approved by the District of Columbia and the Maryland Social Work Examiners to sponsor Category 1 continuing education programs; CBPS is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.  CBPS solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.  NBCC Provider #5763; approved by the National Association of School Psychologists, approval #1067.  Approval #PCE 1466.  APT Approved Provider 97-034.  CBPS is recognized by SED’s State Board for Social Work, provider #0122 and Mental Health Counselors, provider #MHC-0009 and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists, provider #MFT-0008 in New York.  CBPS maintains responsibility for this workshop or online activity.

     An application has been made for social work credits.  Contat CBPS at 240-535-1433 or by email at cbps2006@gmail.com for information about continuing education credits for social workers.

CE Certificates:

     After completion of the online activity, participants who have provided payment, completed the posttest, and have submitted a course evaluation will receive a certificate of completion via email.  Certificates will be delivered within 30 days of completion of the course.

Grievance Protocol:

     Please contact Chesapeake Beach Professional Seminars via email (cbps2006@gmail.com) or phone (240-535-1433) and we will send you our Grievance Report document for you to fill out and send back to us.  On this form we will need you to provide basic contact information as well as a detailed description of the grievance you wish to report.  All reports will be reviewed, responded to, and appropriate measures will be taken to address any concerns or issues you may have with CBPS, its staff, or training materials.