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"Predicting imminent risk of suicide: The state of the science" by Cynthia Claassen, PhD, UNTHSC

  • 11 Feb 2014
  • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC-03:00)
  • Pappasito's Cantina, 2704 West Freeway, Fort Worth, TX 76102
with our psychiatric colleagues, 
the Tarrant County Chapter 
Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians

WHEN:  Tuesday evening, February 11, 2014
WHERE: Pappasito’s Cantina
            2704 West Freeway, Ft Worth 76102

   6:30 to 7:00   Meet and Greet with cash bar
   7:00 to 8:00   Program

"Predicting Imminent Risk of Suicide:  
The State of the Science"

Cynthia Claassen, Ph. D.
UNTHSC, Fort Worth 

Suicide risk assessment is defined as the practice of detecting patient-level conditions with potential to rapidly progress toward suicidal acts. With literally hundreds of thousands of risk assessment occurring every year, this single activity represents the most broadly-practiced, sustained suicide prevention effort in the country. Given its scope and universality, accurate and reliable risk assessment capabilities hold a central and irreplaceable position in the selected and indicated interventions mounted as part of a public health approach to suicide prevention. Aspirational Goal Three of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Research Prioritization Task Force’s prioritized research agenda is to “Find ways to assess who is at risk for attempting suicide in the immediate future.” Development of more reliable methods for detecting and measuring the likelihood of impending suicidal behaviors, therefore, represents one of the more substantial advancements possible in suicide prevention science today. While past “second-generation” risk models utilizing largely static risk factors failed to show predictive capabilities, the current “third-generation” dynamic risk prognostic models have shown initial promise. In addition, methodological improvements to these models include the advent of real-time, in vivo data collection processes, common data elements across studies and subsequent data sharing to build knowledge around key factors, and analytic methods designed to address rare event outcomes. Taken with the critical need for improved risk detection, these promising recent developments may well foreshadow advancement toward achievement of this Aspirational goal. This presentation review the state of the science in suicide risk assessment, both with reference to screening protocols such as those mandated by the Joint Commission and with reference to risk assessment procedures used to determine risk at the individual patient level. 
At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:
--Name three currently-used suicide risk screening instruments and provide information on their reliability
--List the major objective of the “Zero Suicide” movement
--List three approaches to risk assessment and discuss the pros and cons of each

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COST: $31 per person (includes gratuity & tax)

MENU:  Sizzling beef & chicken fajitas with choice of enchiladas, rice, frijoles a la charra, guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream, cheddar cheese and fresh flour tortillas. Iced tea, soda, or coffee are included. Served Buffet style

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Directions to Pappasitos: If you come from the East, using I-30, just get out at Exit 12B. If you come from the West, using I-30, you have to go to Exit Summit, turn around, go to the I-30 East to go back to head west and get out at Exit 12B due to construction.

Fort Worth Area Psychological Association


P.O. Box 471432

Fort Worth, Tx 76147


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