Suicide Prevention for People on the Autism Spectrum

Suicide Prevention for People on the Autism Spectrum

Date
Friday, Mar 11, 2022
Time
4:00am 6:10am EST
Cost
$
Location
Unknown
LIVESTREAM PROGRAM Suicide is a leading cause of premature death in autistic people. Autistic individuals are significantly more likely to think about and attempt suicide than the general population. However, most mental health professionals do not feel confident about identifying warning signs of suicide and intervening with autistic clients who are in crisis. The goal of this workshop is to improve attendees’ knowledge, skills, and self-efficacy related to supporting autistic individuals who are at risk for suicide. Agenda 8:30 a.m. LOG-IN 9:00 a.m. Autism and Suicide: Prevalence, Risk Factors, Warning Signs 10:00 a.m. BREAK 10:10 a.m. Crisis Supports and Resources 11:00 a.m. WRAP-UP/DISCUSSION 11:10 a.m. ADJOURNMENT Presenter: Brenna Maddox, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UNC. As the implementation scientist for the UNC TEACCH Autism Program, her work focuses on improving community services for people on the autism spectrum across the lifespan. She is particularly interested in training and supporting community mental health clinicians, modifying cognitive-behavioral therapy for people on the autism spectrum with anxiety or depression, and preventing suicide in this population. Her research has been supported by the NIMH, the Foundation of Hope, and the FAR Fund, and she serves on the expert hub team for ECHO Autism: Mental Health. Dr. Maddox is also a clinical psychologist with expertise in the assessment and treatment of co-occurring psychiatric conditions in autism. She is a deputy editor for the journal, Autism in Adulthood, and a co-chair of the American Association of Suicidology’s Autism and Suicide Committee. If you would like more information on the program, please contact Mental Health Education at gavigang19@ecu.edu. Credit will be awarded based on participant selection at time of registration. Contact hours will be awarded to all participants. Before selecting credits, please review our general Credit Glossary but note that not all programs offer all credits. Registration is online only and requires a current MyAHEC account. MyAHEC allows you to access handouts online, check your record, set marketing preferences, and more. Payment is due upon registration via personal or company credit card through our secure system. All registrants will receive an automatic confirmation email that can be used as a receipt. Employers planning to send multiple employees should contact us to discuss payment options. Each participant must be registered in advance under their own individual MyAHEC account regardless of payment method to ensure correct information and course access. Please note registration closes the day before the program at 12:00 p.m. If you need help with online registration or other technical issues, please call our help desk at 252-744-5210 or email easternahec@ecu.edu