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Activity Dates: 10/12/2023 - 10/12/2025

Session Time and Location

The live session is complete.

Target Audience

If you are a pharmacist, nurse practitioner, or other health care professional involved in the comprehensive medication management of individuals living with mental health and/or substance use disorders, we invite you to participate in this online course.

BCPPs desiring an evidence-based focus on an emerging area of practice and contemporary issues in psychiatric pharmacy at the specialist level are the intended audience of this recertification activity. This activity is designed for BCPPs who learn best from didactic presentations, are auditory and visual learners, and/or who learn best from hands-on-learning and dialoguing with specialist faculty and colleagues.


Session Summary

Nearly half of all people who die by suicide have a primary care appointment in the month prior. This demonstrates a key opportunity to implement suicide risk screenings in the primary care setting. Suicide screening tools have been validated in outpatient primary care clinics and it is recommended that patients who screen positive receive brief suicide risk assessment and safety planning and assessment. One educational component to incorporate during a brief intervention is Lethal Means Safety Counseling (LMSC), which aims to build a patient-centered alliance that mitigates access to is defined as any objects that can be used invoke self-directed violence. Studies demonstrate the value of having a psychiatric pharmacist complete suicide screens and assessments, but also draw attention to the need of advancement in provider education regarding LMSC. This presentation will focus on factors that influence suicide risk, assessment of suicide risk level and access to lethal means, and treatments plans that mitigate risk and limit access to lethal means.

Course Requirements

To receive ACPE credit for this session, you must:

  • Sign in (or create a FREE account).
  • Register for this course.
  • Review the full content of the activity and reflect upon its teachings.
  • Complete the post-test at the end of the activity no later than the closing activity date.
  • Complete the evaluation at the end of the activity.
  • If necessary, complete the post-test retest no later than the closing activity date.
  • Receive a passing grade (70%).
  • Provide the necessary details in your profile to ensure correct reporting by AAPP to CPE Monitor.

Upon successful completion, ACPE credit is reported within 24 hours to CPE Monitor although transcripts can be retrieved by participants online in their ACPE Transcript.

Faculty Information and Disclosures

Rosana Steavenson, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP

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Learning Objectives

  1. Identify factors that influence suicide risk including warning signs, risk factors, and protective factors.
  2. Assess suicide risk level and whether a person at risk for suicide has access to lethal means.
  3. Design an evidence-based suicide risk mitigation plan that addresses lethal means access based on patient preferences.

Continuing Education Credit and Disclosures

Activity Dates: 10/12/2023 - 10/12/2025
ACPE Contact Hours: 1.25
ACPE Number: 0284-0000-23-012-H99-P (Application)
Nursing Credit Reminder: Note that ACPE credit is accepted for certification renewal.

ACPEThe American Association of Psychiatric Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

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