Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Suicidal Behavior
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Expires on Jul 26, 2025
Credit Offered
1 CME Credit
1 COP Credit

Available: 07/26/2022 - 07/26/2025


FREE - $0
Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by Grant No. RS20201621-05 from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC). The Suicide Prevention Resource Center is the sole owner of the activity content, including views expressed in written materials and by the speakers.      

This webinar will review the basic principles of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and discuss CBT for patients with suicidal behavior. The presentation will describe key components of suicide risk assessment and how to conceptualize treatment planning for patients with suicidal behavior, as well as safety planning and specific cognitive and behavioral techniques for suicidal patients. 


Recorded webinar, non-interactive, self-paced distance learning activity.

This presentation was recorded on July 19, 2022.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify basic principles of CBT. 
  • Describe CBT for Suicide. 
  • Establish treatment planning for patients with suicidal behavior. 
  • Discuss cognitive and behavioral techniques useful for patients with suicidal behavior. 

Target Audience

Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Physician (non-psychiatrist), Physician Assistant , Other mental health professionals

Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 60 minutes
Begin Date: July 19, 2022
End Date: July 19, 2025

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit or a certificate of participation may do so by viewing the live presentation and completing the evaluation. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (other disciplines) showing the event date and hours earned.     

Continuing Education Credit

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The APA designates this enduring CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

The American Psychiatric Association adheres to the ACCME’s Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Medical Education. Any individuals in a position to control the content of a CME activity — including faculty, planners, reviewers or others — are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities (commercial interests). All relevant conflicts of interest have been mitigated prior to the commencement of the activity.    

Program Presenters

  • Donna Sudak, MD, is professor and vice chair for education in the Department of Psychiatry, and previously served as interim program director for the Adult Psychiatry Residency. She began a one-year term as president of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Programs in 2018. Sudak serves on the ACGME Review Committee for Psychiatry. Dr. Sudak is director of the psychotherapy training program and is board certified in psychiatry, with special expertise in both psychopharmacological treatments and cognitive behavioral treatments.Dr. Sudak has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.  

Program Planners

  • Ebony Harris, MS, Assistant Director of Online Learning, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commerical interests.

Accessibility for Participants with Disabilities

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Technical Requirements

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using any of the following:

  • The latest and 2nd latest public versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari
  • Internet Explorer 11+

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Optimal System Configuration:

  • Browser: Google Chrome (latest and 2nd latest version), Safari (latest and 2nd latest version), Internet Explorer 11.0+, Firefox (latest and 2nd latest version), or Microsoft Edge (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Operating System: Windows versions 8.1+, Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) +, Android (latest and 2nd latest version), or iOS/iPad OS (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows PC: Windows 8.1 or higher; 1 GB (for 32-bit)/2 GB (for 64-bit) or higher RAM; Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
  • Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher with latest updates installed; Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor; 512 MB or higher RAM; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

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