Specialized Violence – Self-Directed Violence | October 2, 2019


1 Hour | 1 CE (CEU)

10a-11:00a (Pacific) | 11a-12:00p (Mountain)
12p-1:00p (Central) | 1p-2:00p (Eastern)


Program Description

This webinar on Specialized Violence – Self-Directed Violence is presented by Dr. Brianne Layden. Suicidal self-directed violence occurs in nearly every country and causes substantial personal and societal burden. This webinar will review conceptual and definitional issues related to suicidal self-directed violence, with a focus on distinguishing this behaviour from non-suicidal self-injury. In addition, the nature of the problem will be discussed on a global scale, as well as within specific populations and settings. Currently, many professionals rely on unstructured clinical judgment in their assessment of risk for suicide despite numerous calls for a more structured approach. As such, methods of assessing suicidal self-directed violence will be identified along with a review of evidence-based risk factors for suicide. Several structured professional judgment (SPJ) tools for assessing risk for self-directed violence will be discussed, including an introduction to a new set of SPJ guidelines for assessing and managing risk for suicide across diverse settings and sectors.

If you are unable to attend the live webinar, please register and we will send you a link to the recorded version the day after the live webinar.

Webinar Outline:

– Overview of issues related to self-directed violence
– Discuss specific populations and settings
– Discuss SPJ guidelines for assessing risk

Intended Audience

This webinar is intended for professionals that want to enhance their understanding on self-directed violence including those working in criminal justice, security, health care, social service, education, and human resources settings. This webinar is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

Upon completion of this webinar, participants should be able to:

1. Describe the concept of suicidal self-directed violence and its association with, and distinction from, non-suicidal self-injury.
2. Describe awareness and understanding of risk factors related to suicidal self-directed violence.
3. Describe the benefits and application of structured professional judgment guidelines in the assessment and management of suicidal self-directed violence.

About Dr. Brianne Layden

Dr. Brianne Layden obtained BA, MA, and PhD degrees in psychology at Simon Fraser University. She worked with the Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission of British Columbia, Canada, as a psychology assistant, and with the DBT Centre of Vancouver as a clinical extern from 2012 to 2016. She also worked as a Forensic Psychology Fellow at the University of Massachusetts Medical School from 2017 to 2018.

In this position, she was responsible for conducting violence risk assessments and evaluations of criminal responsibility, competence to stand trial and need for psychiatric hospitalization. She currently works as a Threat Assessment Specialist at Protect International Risk and Safety Services Inc., and is the associate editor of Intelligence, an e-newsletter that keeps professionals up to date about recent advances in threat assessment around the globe through knowledge and experiences shared by leading experts.

Her expertise involves the assessment and management of self-directed violence and personality disorders, particularly borderline personality disorder, and intersecting risks (e.g., general and self-directed violence). She has provided training workshops and invited presentations for forensic mental health, law enforcement, corrections, security, victim services and higher education, and has co-authored over 50 articles and conference presentations. She is currently in the process of developing structured professional judgment tools for the assessment and management of self-directed violence for adults and youth.

Continuing Education Credit

This is a live webinar. To earn CE’s, you will have to complete the webinar quiz and evaluation for this live Webinar. No partial credit is available. For this webinar, you will need to pass the webinar quiz with 70% correct and complete a webinar evaluation form to earn the certificate. You can take the test as many times as necessary to pass. Participants will earn 1 CE hour for completion once they have completed these requirements. Each participant will be able to print their CE certificate immediately after completing and passing the post-test and evaluation.

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