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Suicide: Assessment of Risk and Prevention

presented by Kim Bennett Murray, LSW and Nate Murray, MSSW, LICSW

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Financial: Kim Bennett Murray receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Nate Murray is a shareholder in MBC Senior Services. Inc and receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Kim Bennett and Nate Murray has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 30 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 16 Minutes

This introductory course presents issues in the assessment and prevention of self-harm in the home care and hospice setting. Determining the seriousness of ideation and when to intervene are of critical importance. Accessing standardized scales can assist with this determination. Sensitivity to issues of mortality and wishes to escape suffering in the elderly and patients with life-limiting illness is imperative for clinicians. This audience is presumed to have intermediate or advanced training in home care/hospice.

Meet Your Instructors

Kim Bennett Murray, LSW

Kim Bennett Murray is the director of social work at Harbor House, a Bane Care skilled nursing and rehab facility in Hingham, Massachusetts. Prior to that, she served as the director of clinical and client services at the Visiting Angels of the South Shore, a private duty home care agency, for 17 years. Receiving her…

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Nate Murray, MSSW, LICSW

Nate Murray is president and managing partner of Visiting Angels of the South Shore, a private geriatric home care practice serving the South Boston metro area. Since completing his graduate work in 1980 at Columbia University in New York, he has held numerous clinical appointments, including director of social work and nursing home services at…

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1. A Permanent Solution to a Temporary Problem?

This chapter discusses spiritual factors, risk factors, and statistics regarding the prevalence of suicide. Prevalence is broken down by age cohort and gender. Special concerns for veterans are addressed.

2. Is This All There Is? Desperation and Depression

The driving forces of loss and clinical depression are often related to pain or life-limiting illness and to the loss of people and function. Physical disability can bring on depression. The state of hopelessness is addressed as a significant issue confronting the clinician. This chapter delves into differentiating between suicidal ideation, wishes to hasten death, and actively planning for suicide.

3. Contracting and Prevention

Understanding the power and process of contracting for safety gives the clinician a real tool in the face of suicidal ideation. Discussions about the policies of the organization and the availability of referrals for clinicians are addressed. Specific tools are presented for assessment and contracting for safety.

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