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MSU offers workshop for healthcare professionals on legal matters surrounding suicide

The full-day workshop explores legal issues related to suicide that would be relevant for health care and other professionals.

BOZEMAN—Montana State University’s Continuing, Professional and Lifelong Learning will offer a workshop that explores legal issues related to suicide that would be relevant for health care and other professionals from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at the Comfort Inn in Bozeman, located at 1370 N. 7th Ave. There will be a one-hour lunch break.

The workshop is designed for counselors, therapists, educators, clergy and other professional care providers. Continuing education units for several licensed professions are available (see online course description for details at eu.courses.montana.edu/CourseStatus.awp?&course=18SWFSUICIDE).

Participants will learn about blame and responsibility surrounding a self-inflicted death; lawsuits following a suicide; Montana suicide rates; expected grief reactions; and recent court convictions. The instructor will also discuss the psychological significance of suicide notes in understanding and explaining suicidal actions.

Participants will be encouraged to explore their own attitudes about responsibility for identifying people at risk and about the limits of prevention efforts, including questions such as: is “not reporting” akin to assisting in a suicide; and what errors are care providers willing to make?

Terence W. Barrett, a licensed psychologist from Fargo, North Dakota, who teaches psychology courses at North Dakota State University and is a clinical consultant at the Fargo Vet Center, will instruct the class. Barrett served seven years in the U.S. Marine Corps and was activated for duty during Desert Storm in 1991 while serving with the North Dakota Air National Guard. He retired from military service after 20 years. Barrett is the former charter president of the North Dakota Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. He is also the author of “Life After Suicide: The Survivor’s Grief Experience” and a series of four books about heroic bravery.

The workshop is $149. To register, visit ato.montana.edu/continuinged/ and select professional development.

For more information, contact MSU Continuing, Professional and Lifelong Learning at 406-994-6550 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

MSU News Service


This story is available on the Web at: http://www.montana.edu/news/17565

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