An Update on the Latest Treatment Strategies for Suicidal Adolescents and Parents/Caregivers

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Suicide is a significant public health problem in the United States and remains the second leading cause of death among high school teens 14 to 18 years. Between 2009 and 2018, suicide rates for those 14 to 18 years old increased by 61.7%, from 6.0 to 9.7 per 100,000. In addition to deaths by suicide, there are many more who make a suicide attempts or struggle with suicidal ideation. Misuse of alcohol and drugs significantly increases the risk of suicidal behavior in adolescents.

In this 90 minute event, Dr. Spirito will overview the role of substance use in adolescent suicidal behaviors. He will describe the core treatment techniques for suicidal adolescents that cut across evidence-based practices with the strongest data, including those that integrate substance use treatment strategies for suicidal adolescents and their parents/caregivers.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Name three core treatment techniques for suicidal adolescents who misuse alcohol and drugs
  • Name three core strategies for parents of suicidal adolescents
  • Describe two specific strategies for integrating substance use treatments into suicide prevention protocols

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. 


Anthony Spirito, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Spirito is Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Spirito has published over 250 peer-reviewed articles and his work has been supported by the National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH), the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. He has devoted his career to developing and evaluating interventions for depressed, suicidal, and substance-using adolescents and their parents. Dr. Spirito has received numerous honors and awards over the course of his work for his exemplary contributions to the field, including the Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology Distinguished Career Award.

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