Suicide Risk Assessment: Reducing Liability and Improving Outcomes
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Expires on Sep 14, 2024
Credit Offered
1 CME Credit
1 COP Credit

This presentation helps practitioners and others understand suicide from a risk management perspective. The incidence of suicide is on the rise and it is important for practitioners to understand among various populations how to assess risk and develop plans with patients to mitigate these risks. This presentation will review how liability works in legal settings and also how to reduce the chance of malpractice. It will also discuss standards of care regarding assessment and documentation, with some focus on firearms and risk assessment as an important risk mitigation strategy. The presentation will also review how to incorporate thinking of safety nets in risk reduction strategies.  


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

This presentation was recorded on August 26, 2021.

Learning Objectives

  • Utilize suicide screening risk assessments to reduce liability and identify patients at risk of suicide. 
  • Identify risk management strategies and assessments of firearm suicide and violence risk for patients at risk of suicide. 
  • Evaluate the effectiveness in peer support services in treating patients at risk of suicide. 

Target Audience

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

Instructional Level


Estimate Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 1.0 hour
Program Start Date: September 14, 2021 
Program End Date: September 14, 2024

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 activity for a maximum of 1.0 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

All financial relationships relevant to this activity have been mitigated.  


  • Debra Pinals, MD is a forensic psychiatric expert in the interface with the civil and criminal justice system and mental health system as well as working with co-occurring substance use disorders. She has worked in and consulting to states on systems issues and the interface for persons with SMI and corrections, reentry services, specialty courts, police interface and training and integrated healthcare with mental health care. She has served in an academic role teaching and training psychiatry trainees, lawyers, judges, social workers, psychologists, and other professionals, about SMI. She has been the PI or co-PI of over 10 grants funded by SAMHSA or by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. Dr. Pinals reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 


  • John Torous, MD, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.  

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Technical Requirements

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  • Internet Explorer 11+

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  • 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
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