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Suicide Prevention for Professional Caregivers

CO 671


Dr. Karen Mason

Professor of Counseling and Psychology, Director of the Counseling Department

Code Section Course Title Professor Site Date/Time
CO 671 HA Suicide Prevention for Professional Caregivers K. Mason DigitalLive May 18 – August 14*

*DigitalLive Classes: June 1–5 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

“Even Christians can, and do, take their own lives.”

Lloyd and Gwen Carr (2004). Fierce Goodbye: Living in the Shadow of Suicide. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press p. 103.

“Most suicides, although by no means all, can be prevented.”

Kay Redfield Jamison (1999). Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide. New York, NY: Vintage p. 25.

“As a society, we do not like to talk about suicide.”

David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., Surgeon General of the United States. (1998). Bringing the public health approach to the problem of suicide. Suicide and Life-threatening Behavior, 28, 325-327. p. 326.

Course Description

The goal of this course is to introduce the student to all relevant and basic aspects of suicide prevention for professional caregivers including chaplains, counselors and other clergy. Specific aspects of suicide prevention that will be emphasized include (1) the unique role of faith communities and clergy caregivers in protecting individuals and communities from suicide, and (2) the development of a theology of suicide, (3) helping the student develop understanding and skills needed to help suicidal individuals, individuals who have attempted suicide and their family members, and the family members and a faith community following a suicide death, and (4) an understanding of the importance of postvention for the community and self-care for the professional caregiver.

Course Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  1. Be able to list diverse attitudes toward suicide, diverse theologies of suicide and diverse theories of suicide.
  2. Be able to explicate a personal theology of suicide.
  3. Be able to list unique suicide prevention activities of clergy, counselors and other professional caregivers.
  4. Demonstrate suicide risk assessment and intervention skills.
  5. Develop response protocols for use in a community following a suicide as well as self-care for the professional.

Listen to Dr. Karen Mason discuss integrating theology and counseling in the midst of a pandemic.

Summer Applications Are Now Closed

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