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Veteran Suicidality: Stressors and Risks

December 8, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 2:15 pm CST

Presented by the Institute for Professional and Continuing Studies the Institute for Adolescent Suicide Prevention

Presented by the Institute for Professional and Continuing Studies the Institute for Adolescent Suicide Prevention

Veteran Suicidality: Stressors and Risks

Sunday, December 8th, 2020

9:00AM-12:15PM (PT)/11:00AM-2:15PM (CT)/12:00PM-3:15PM (ET)

Event held online via Zoom, link to access provided upon registration

This program, when attended in its entirety, offers 3.0 APA CEs for Psychologists, and 3.0 BBS California CEUs for LPCCs, LPSW, and LMFTs

**LIVE ATTENDANCE OF THIS PROGRAM IS REQUIRED. For a complete list of programs available via recording please visit https://tcsppofficeofce.com/homestudy-courses/**

Workshop Description:

Veteran suicide is a national crisis. Veterans are susceptible to committing suicide due to a myriad of social, psychological, and physical issues. Many veterans return from combat with significant difficulties including disconnection, financial issues, and psychiatric problems. The presentation will highlight the unique suicide risk factors that are associated with veterans. Additionally, the presentation will examine the neurological and biological disturbances that impact emotional regulation and coping skills.

The discussion will also include information about therapeutic treatments that are evidence based practices that target suicide risk reduction in veterans. Suicide management will be discussed from a holistic treatment perspective that is linked to a comprehensive risk assessment. Moreover, the presentation will examine the importance of understanding military culture in providing treatment for veterans.

Learning Objectives:

1) Describe the different factors that are associated with male veteran suicide as compared to female veteran suicide.

2) Explain the ways in which Traumatic Brain Injury is considered a risk factor for veteran suicide.

3) Describe how the major therapeutic modalities that can be used to treat veteran suicidality.

4) Explain the major psychosocial stressors for suicide that veterans face when coming back to civilian life.

5) Describe the psychiatric disorders that are known to be linked with suicide risk in veterans.

Professional Bio of Presenter : Bina Parekh, Associate Department Chair in the PsyD. Clinical program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Irvine, CA.

Bina Parekh, Ph.D. is the Associate Department Chair at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) in the Department of Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.), Irvine Campus. Dr. Bina Parekh received her M.A. in Community Psychology at New York University and completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and minor emphasis in Biostatistics at Loma Linda University. Dr. Parekh completed a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at Kaiser Permanente in Milpitas, California specializing in general psychiatry, trauma, behavioral medicine, and chemical dependency. She has served as a project coordinator for several large grants at the Behavioral Health Institute at San Diego State University (SDSU) and acted as a clinical supervisor in the joint doctoral program between SDSU and U.C. San Diego. She has published several peer-reviewed papers in the areas of addiction medicine, psychological assessment, and diversity. Dr. Parekh has worked as a pain psychologist within a multidisciplinary treatment team in the Chronic Pain Program at Kaiser Permanente, Orange. Her clinical focus includes trauma specifically working with survivors of sexual abuse and combat exposed military personnel. She has experience applying evidence-based models of treatment for survivors of trauma.

Program Standards and Goals:

This program meets APA’s continuing education Standard 1.1: Program content focuses on application of psychological assessment and/or intervention methods that have overall consistent and credible empirical support in the contemporary peer reviewed scientific literature beyond those publications and other types of communications devoted primarily to the promotion of the approach.

This program meets APA’s continuing education Goal 1: Program is relevant to psychological practice, education, and/or science.

Workshop Schedule (Shown in CT):

11:00 am – Event Begins

One 15-Minute Break

2:15 pm – Event Ends

Registration and Fees:

General admission: $125.00

TCSPP Faculty/Staff: $60.00

TCSPP Site Supervisors: $60.00

TCSPP Students/Alumni: $25.00

Fees for these workshops support the activities of the Institute for Adolescent Suicide Prevention. These fees do reflect an increase of the fees for the special events of Suicide Prevention Month in September.


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Education, Training, and Dissemination core of the VISN 2 Center of Excellence Canandaigua VA Medical Center. (2019). Suicide prevention. Retrieved on 05/09/2020 from https://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/docs/Suicide_Prevention_Community_Edition shortened_version.pdf

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McKinney, J. M., Hirsch, J. K., & Britton, P. C. (2017). Ptsd symptoms and suicide risk in veterans: serial indirect effects via depression and anger. Journal of Affective Disorders, 214, 100–107 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2017.03.008


Target Audience: Healthcare and Mental healthcare professionals, hypnosis practitioners, University faculty and students. Members of the TCSPP community.

Psychologists. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 3.0 continuing education credits. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to Danielle Bohrer at 312-467-2364. There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest.

MFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs. Course meets the qualifications for 3.0 hour of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. If you are licensed outside of California please check with your local licensing agency to to determine if they will accept these CEUs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) to offer continuing education programming for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is an accredited or approved postsecondary institution that meets the requirements set forth in Sections 4980.54(f)(1), 4989.34, 4996.22(d)(1), or 4999.76(d) of the Code.

Participation Certificate. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is able to provide students and other participants who simply wish to have documentation of their attendance at the program a participation certificate.

Non Psychologists. Most licensing boards accept Continuing Education Credits sponsored by the American Psychological Association but non-psychologists are recommended to consult with their specific state-licensing board to ensure that APA-sponsored CE is acceptable.

*Participants must attend 100% of the program in order to obtain a Certificate of Attendance.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


December 8, 2020
11:00 am - 2:15 pm CST
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