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Fireside Chat on Youth Suicide Prevention

Free Webinar | October 20, 2021 | 1pm PT/4pm ET | 90 Minutes

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SAMHSA - Treatment for Suicidal Youth

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The Youth-Nominated Support Team for Suicidal Adolescents – Version II

Website for Center for Trauma-Informed Adolescent Suicide, Sefl-Harm & Substance Misuse Treatment and Prevention, ASAP Center.

Website for University of Michigan - Department of Psychiatry, Current Research

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Suicide among teens remains a significant and preventable public health problem in the United States. In 2017, more than 6,200 teen and young adults ages 15-24 died by suicide, making it the second-leading cause of death for this age group. Among high school students, suicide rates increased by 62% between 2009 and 2018.

Findings from a 2019 study found that in the past year 18.8% of high school students seriously considered attempting suicide and 8.9% attempted suicide. Four out of five deaths by suicide are preceded by warning signs; knowing these signs. Knowing them can help reduce death by suicide.   

Facilitated by Jaspr Health CEO and suicide expert Kelly Koerner, PhD, we bring together three leading teen suicide experts in a fireside chat format to discuss teen suicide in America today, key elements of treatment for teens and their families, as well as emerging teen-specific treatment innovations that may further bolster our efforts to reduce death by suicide among teens and young adults.  

Learning Objectives

By the end of this of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Name three key treatment elements in reducing suicide in teens and young adults 
  • Describe two important behavioral targets to address with parents of suicidal teens 
  • Name two emerging innovations in youth suicide prevention

You can receive 1.5 hours of NBCC Credit through Portland DBT Institute for attending this event. Next steps on how to receive credits will be emailed to you following the event. To make sure you receive next steps, please register. 


Cheryl King, PhD

Dr. King is a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology and Director of the Youth Depression and Suicide Prevention Program at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on the development of evidence-based practices for suicide risk screening, assessment, and intervention. She has provided leadership for multiple NIMH-funded projects, including Emergency Department Screen for Teens at Risk for Suicide, which aims to develop a suicide risk screen that can be disseminated nationwide, and 24-Hour Risk for Suicide Attempts in a National Cohort of Adolescents. A clinical psychologist, educator and research mentor, Dr. King has served as Director of Psychology Training and Chief Psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry, and has twice received the Teacher of the Year Award in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is the lead author of Teen Suicide Risk: A Practitioner Guide to Screening, Assessment, and Management. In addition, Dr. King has provided testimony in the U.S. Senate on youth suicide prevention and is a Past President of the American Association of Suicidology, the Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers, and the Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. She is a current member of the National Advisory Mental Health Council.

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Elizabeth A. McCauley, PhD, ABPP

Dr. McCauley is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Washington. She holds appointments in Pediatrics and Psychology and is the Associate Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Dr. McCauley’s research has focused on the development, prevention and intervention of depression and suicidality in children and adolescents. She has developed and/or tested a number of prevention and intervention strategies in clinical, primary care and school settings. Dr McCauley has served as PI on a series of NIMH funded clinical trials, including the Collaborative Adolescent Research on Emotions and Suicide (CARES; MH090159). CARES was a multisite study evaluating the efficacy of Dialectical Behavior Therapy versus Supportive Therapy in reducing suicide and suicidal behaviors and ideation in a group of high-risk teens. Based on lessons learned from the CARES study, she has worked with colleagues to develop and pilot test a promising brief intervention approach to addressing the needs of youth, and their families, presenting in a suicidal crisis. This program is designed to reduce need for psychiatric admissions and to more effectively connect suicide youth to ongoing care.

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Joan Asarnow, PhD

Dr. Asarnow is Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and a clinical psychologist. Dr. Asarnow’s current work focuses on interventions and service delivery strategies for improving health and mental health in youth, with an emphasis on suicide prevention and depression. She has led efforts to disseminate evidence-based treatments for child and adolescent depression and suicide prevention, working across multiple service settings including emergency departments, primary care, mental health, and school settings. At the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior, Dr. Asarnow directs the Youth Stress and Mood Program, a depression and suicide prevention program. This program provides clinical care for youth depression and suicidality, with an emphasis on cognitive-behavioral treatments, work with families, and community based treatment and service strategies.

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