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2016 Mid-Year Conference

February 7–9, 2016

San Antonio, Texas

Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training for Recreational Therapists

Monday, February 8, 2016 at 10:30 AM–12:00 PM CST
Trinity (30 Classroom)
Session Description

Recreational Therapists are often placed in a position to assess or treat persons who are at risk of suicide. Along with community members and other clinicians, Recreational Therapists are gatekeepers who, when trained, can recognize the warning signs of suicide and connect a person at risk to get them appropriate help.

Learning Outcomes - Provide three measurable learning objectives for the session that relate to the NCTRC Job Anaylsis.
Detailed Session Outline - Include time spent on each portion of the outline. An example is given in the help text.

Socio-Ecological Model – society, the community/tribe/village, peers/family/clan, individual (7 min)

National best practices for gatekeepers to respond to suicidal behavior (13 min)

Suicide as a public health issue and its impact on communities, family members and friends (15 min)

Suicide data and how age, gender, culture and other factors impact suicide (15 min)

Warning signs for suicide (13 min)

Protective factors and ways to strengthen positive influences to prevent suicide and other risk behaviors (12 min)

How Recreational Therapists can assess, recommend and treat persons at risk for suicide (15 min)

NCTRC Job Analysis.

Foundational Knowledge: Theories and Concepts, Practice Guidelines, Diagnostic Groupings

Target Audience
New Graduates/New Professionals
Mid-Career Professionals
Seasoned Professionals


Debbie Robinson, MS, CTRS/L, FACHE, NH Department of Corrections