November 10, 2006

Suicide risk assessment program set for Nov. 30

by Chase Goble

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale will host "Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk" from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 30 in the Student Health Center auditorium.

This is a one-day workshop for mental health professionals on assessing suicide risk, planning treatment and managing the ongoing care of the at-risk patient. It teaches essential core competencies that meet the needs of an entire spectrum of mental health professionals, including psychiatrists, licensed counselors, social workers and employee assistance professionals. The instructor for this workshop is Janet Grossman, an associate professor and track coordinator for the psychiatric nurse practitioner program at the College of Nursing, Medical University of South Carolina. Grossman is also well published on the topics of suicide and suicide prevention.

The National Board for Certified Counselors and the National Association of Social Workers have approved the program for 6.5 contact hours. Deadline to register is Nov. 27 with a $30 fee for professionals and a $10 fee for students. Parking permits are available for $4.

For more information and to register, contact the Division of Continuing Education at 618/536-7751 or go online to

Providing both traditional and continuing education opportunities for professionals, evolving employment sectors and students is among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the blueprint the University is following as it approaches its 150th anniversary in 2019.