Benigno J. Fernandez, M.D. Chief Medical Officer — Laurel Ridge Treatment Center, Olga C. Chaves, PA-C Physician Assistant — Laurel Ridge Treatment Center
Note: This is a recording from a live presentation, hosted by the Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Learning Network on August 18, 2022. Only attendees of the live presentation are eligible to receive a CE credit from this seminar.
Major depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in the United States. It is a chronic, recurrent illness with a rate of depression affecting 1 in every 3 American adults. It is estimated that 46,000 people died by suicide in 2020, which is 1 death every 11 minutes. Suicide is preventable. Utilizing evidence-based assessment tools for depression and suicide risk assist the clinician in making level-of-care determinations for patients in need of treatment and developing a treatment plan. For those patients requiring inpatient psychiatric hospitalization, a “CHANGE” treatment model consisting of three phases: crisis stabilization and safety with medication evaluation; education of diagnosis, medication monitoring/adjustment, and education of coping skills; and safety planning, aftercare planning, and finalization of discharge planning, is successfully being used at Laurel Ridge Treatment Center.
During this webinar, the attendee will be able to identify the symptoms of depression, gain experience in assessing suicidality in the depressed patient, and expand knowledge on therapeutic strategies to treat the depressed suicidal patient.
- Identify symptoms of depression
- Gain experience in assessing suicidality in the depressed patient
- Expand knowledge on therapeutic strategies to treat the depressed suicidal patient