July 22nd - LMHPCO: Suicide Prevention for Vietnam Veterans

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Suicide Prevention for Vietnam Veterans

July 22, 2020

1:00 – 2:30 pm (CT)

Target Audience: The primary target audience consist of social workers, nurses and chaplains along with members of the Interdisciplinary teams working with Veterans at the end of life.

ADA Statement: If you need special assistance or accommodations identified in the ADA, please contact LMHPCO office in advance at 888-546-1500.

Continuing Education: 
LMHPCO approves this program for up to 1.5 hours Nursing Continuing Education credit. LMHPCO is an approved provider of nursing continuing education by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 46.

SW: LMHPCO SW DP# 13003, approves this program for up to 1.5 Clinical Hours continuing education. LMHPCO is approved as a provider for continuing education by the Mississippi Board of Examiners for Social Workers. Approval period 5/1/2021. Moral Injury in Vietnam veterans scheduled for July 7, 2020 by Webinar has been approved for 1.5 Clinical hours by the National Association of Social Workers- Louisiana Chapter as authorized by the Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners.

Facilitator: Christopher R. L. Parkinson, Ph.D., ABPP

Dr. Christopher Parkinson obtained his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with concentration in Clinical Health Psychology in 2014. His graduate research focused on cognition and mood in chronic illness populations. He completed a Postdoctoral Residency in Health Psychology with a focus on treatment of Chronic Pain at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System in 2015 during which time he gained experience working with the Palliative Care Team. Dr. Parkinson was hired to work as a full time member of the Palliative Care Interdisciplinary Team in the fall of 2015 and continues to provide services in this area.

Event Description: This knowledge-based presentation will help to prepare hospice providers and other healthcare teams to identify signs of suicidal thoughts and behavior among Veterans. Appropriate suicide assessment tools for identifying high risk Veterans will be described. Options for intervention and care will be discussed, both within the VA and externally. The one-hour presentation is followed by a 30-minute Q&A with subject matter expert Dr. Christopher Parkinson, Palliative Care Psychologist, Board Certified Clinical Health Psychologist, with the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System (SLVHCS).

1. Identify signs of suicidal thought/behavior in Veterans
2. Understand and utilize an appropriate assessment tool for defining risk in a Veteran
3. Choose appropriate interventions based on personal knowledge and experience
4. Discuss options for care related to suicidal ideation, both inside the VA and externally
5. Know how to best care for Vietnam Veterans with suicidal thought/behaviors at the end of life