Lethal Means Counseling: Collaboration at the Patient- and Community-Level
Physicians have begun the practice of screening patients for suicidal ideation. This live
webinar will help physicians, and the entire allied healthcare team, feel more comfortable
talking with an at-risk patient about reducing their access to firearms and dangerous
medications until appropriate.
This activity is designed for primary care and family medicine physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, psychologists, and social workers providing routine care to patients.
After participating in this activity, the learner should be better able to:
- Describe why "means matter" when it comes to suicide - especially firearms
- Prepare to talk more comfortably, collaboratively, and helpfully with patients at risk for suicide who have guns at home about out-of-home and in-home storage options to increase their safety
- State two examples of organization-wide changes that their healthcare organization can implement to help ensure all patients at risk for suicide receive effective lethal means counseling
- List two examples of ways to partner with firearm stakeholders in the community (like firearm instructors and gun retailers) on preventing suicide.
Acknowledgement of Funding
This training is funded by Grant SM-17-006 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.
Catherine Barber, MPA
Senior Researcher, Harvard Injury Control Research Center
Harvard. T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Catherine Barber, MPA is a senior researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health’s Injury Research Center where she led the effort to design and test the prototype for the CDC’s National Violent Death Reporting System. She is the founding director of Means Matter, a project to disseminate research and interventions aimed at reducing a suicidal person’s access to highly lethal suicide methods. A hallmark of Means Matter is bringing together gun owners and suicide prevention groups to collaborate on local solutions. She and Elaine Frank wrote the original CALM-Online (Counseling on Access to Lethal Means) and have adapted it for different clinical and community groups around the country. Her expertise is in developing injury surveillance systems and using data from these systems to develop and test novel interventions. She is the recipient of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Allies in Action Lifetime Achievement Award. Barber is a frequent plenary session speaker at state and national suicide prevention and public health conferences. Her Masters in Public Administration is from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Robert Harrison, MD
Program Director, Washington County Zero Suicide
Coordinator, Office of CME
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Susan A. Orban, LICSW
Director, South County Healthy Bodies, Health Minds
Coordinator, Washington County Zero Suicide Program
Danielle Stewart, M.A., L.M.H.C.
Behavioral Health Community Outreach Coordinator
Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds Washington County
Director, Office of CME
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Continuing Medical Education
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and South County Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds. The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education.
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Continuing Education for Psychologists
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University is approved by the RI Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Alpert Medical School maintains responsibility for the program.
This activity is approved for 1.5 Category 1 CE Credits. Credits available to RI licensed psychologists only.
Continuing Education for Nurses
This activity has been submitted to Northeast Multi-State Division (NE-MSD) for approval to award nursing contact hours. Northeast Multistate Division (NE-MSD) is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Continuing Education for Social Workers
The above program has been approved in accordance with the Regulations of the Rhode Island Social Work Board of Licensure
Other Healthcare Providers
Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance stating this program is designated for 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Many other disciplines accept AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM towards re-licensure or recertification. Check with your state licensing board to verify.
- 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
- 1.50 APAThe Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University is approved by the RI Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Alpert Medical School maintains responsibility for the program.
- 1.50 AttendanceParticipants will receive a Certificate of Attendance stating this program is designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. This credit is accepted by the AAPA and AANP.