CASBHC Lunch and Learn Series 2023: Empowering Communities and Schools to Prevent Suicide and Violence with The Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS) (December 6, 2023)
The Columbia Protocol has been implemented as policy in many states and systems across the U.S. and abroad with tremendous benefit– identification of people who would have otherwise been missed while redirecting scarce resources. This workshop will review suicide prevention data, the development of the tools, and the impact the Columbia Protocol is having across the globe.
This session will take place on December 6, 2023 from 12-1:30PM ET. Participants will receive 1.5 CME/CE credits. CASBHC will not refund registrations with no exceptions.
Acknowledgement of Support
This activity is appropriate for the following audiences:
- All social worker levels
- All levels of psychiatry
- All medical staffing levels
- School staff
- School-based staff
- Community partners
By the end of this session, participants will be able to...
- Discuss the unparalleled research demonstrating how the Columbia and its operationalized criteria for next steps can help identify those more likely to die by suicide and how it has begun to reduce global suicide rates
- Learn about the use of the Columbia as a central component of threat assessment and gun violence prevention
- Elucidate the importance of routine detection and its consequent impacts on de-stigmatization and uniquely identifying those at risk
- Understand how using a common language such as the Columbia in a public health approach to suicide prevention is a vital part of wellness and an intervention in and of itself because it facilitates connection
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Dr. Kelly Posner Gerstenhaber is a Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University. The former President of the American Psychiatric Association noted her work with the Columbia Protocol could be “like the introduction of antibiotics.” The U.S. Department of Defense said her work is “nothing short of a miracle” and that "her effective model of improving the world will help propel us closer to a world without suicide.” The CDC noted that her work is “changing the paradigm in suicide risk assessment in the U.S. and worldwide.”
Dr. Posner’s work has been noted in a keynote speech at the White House and in Congressional hearings, and she gave the lead presentation in a U.S. Senate forum on school safety after Parkland. The White House recently highlighted the Columbia Protocol app as helping to achieve the President’s mental health and suicide prevention initiatives. Jim Shelton, former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education under President Obama, says her work “has the potential to keep the 64 million children in our schools safe physically and mentally by helping prevent school violence.” Leadership of Israel’s national suicide prevention program articulated her work’s impact: “It’s not only saving millions of lives but in Israel it is literally changing the way we live our lives.” Through her advocacy she has helped change local, national, and international policy, which in turn has contributed to reductions in suicide across all sectors of society.
The Columbia Protocol is policy across all 50 states, national agencies, and most countries. The FDA has characterized her work as “setting a standard in the field” and a lead article in The New York Times called it “one of the most profound changes of the past sixteen years to regulations.”
Dr. Posner gave the invited presentation on tackling depression and suicide at the first European Union high level conference on mental health and was recognized as the Most Distinguished Alumna of her graduate school at Yeshiva University over past 50 years, since its inception.
Her scholarly work has been included in the compendium of the most important research in the history of the study of suicide and was recognized as one of top 20 most influential scientists from Columbia University across all areas of medicine over the past 10 years. Dr. Posner has been awarded with The Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service.
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