Innovations in the Assessment and Treatment of Suicide Risk

Craig J. Bryan, PsyD, ABPP

Recorded on May 7th, 2021 9:00 am - 12:20 pm

3 CE Credits $80/MPA or MSPA members        $130/Non-members

Workshop Level: Introductory- Psychologists who have little or no background in a specialized skill or content area, but do hold a doctorate degree

Suicide prevention is limited by the low base rate of suicidal behavior, the inherently dynamic nature of suicide risk, and reliance on self-disclosure. This presentation will introduce the concept of emergence, discuss its applicability to suicide, and consider how this framework could advance suicide risk assessment and intervention. Several promising new methods for suicide risk screening and assessment based on the concept of emergence will be introduced and discussed, along with implications for clinical practice. This presentation will also provide an overview of brief, empirically-supported interventions to reduce suicidal thoughts and behaviors, and describe the conceptual foundations for these treatments.

By the end of this workshop, the participant will be able to: 

  • Describe the key assumptions of emergence 
  • Identify screening and assessment strategies that could enhance the identification of high-risk patients. 
  • Identify the primary motive for suicidal behavior. 
  • Describe the structure of brief cognitive behavioral therapy for suicide prevention


Dr. Craig J. Bryan, PsyD, ABPP, is a board-certified clinical psychologist and the Stress, Trauma, and Resilience (STAR) Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. He is an internationally recognized expert in suicide who has published over 200 scientific articles and multiple books focused on the clinical care of suicidal patients, including Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Suicide Prevention.