Thursday, April 25, 2019

Webinar: Veterans and Active Duty Military Personnel: Promoting Connectedness

The ICRC-S Webinar Series:
Preventing Suicide through Social Connectedness
Please join us for an ICRC-S Webinar
Promoting Connectedness for Veterans and Active Duty Military Personnel 
Friday, May 3, 2019
3:00 – 4:00 PM Eastern Time

Please join us for this fourth webinar of the ICRC-S 2018-19 webinar series, Preventing Suicide by Promoting Social Connectedness: Promoting Connectedness for Veterans and Active Duty Military Personnel. During this webinar, Dr. Norman B. (Brad) Schmidt of the Department of Psychology at Florida State University and Director of the Anxiety and Behavioral Health Clinic, will briefly review the research on efforts to affect the interpersonal risks of ‘Perceived Burdensomeness’ and ‘Thwarted Belongingness’ in suicide prevention efforts. Despite research on the relationship between burdensomeness, belongingness and suicidality, less research has focused on whether we can reduce these interpersonal risks. Dr. Schmidt will review a large-scale clinical trial designed to reduce the risks of Perceived Burdensomeness and Thwarted Belongingness among Veterans, and discuss the impact of risk reduction on suicide outcomes. Dr. Stephen O’Connor of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Louisville and Associate Director for the University of Louisville Depression Center, will review information on a suicide focused group therapy available to Veterans. Despite a historical fear of contagion regarding suicide-focused group therapy, growing evidence suggests that this is the very thing that many Veterans want in terms of suicide-specific health services. Dr. O’Connor’s presentation will describe evolving research on the use of suicide-focused group therapy for veterans, and review how research on suicide-focused group therapy reflects a progression from program development to more rigorous testing of the possible mechanisms involved in the group process.

Selected Readings:
Johnson, L.L., O’Connor, S.S., Kaminer, B., Jobes, D.A., and Gutierrez, P.M.: Suicide-focused group therapy for Veterans. Mil Behav Health. 2:327-336, 2014.

Johnson, L.L., O’Connor, S.S., Kaminer, B., Gutierrez, P.M., Carney, E., Groh, B., & Jobes, D.A.: Evaluation of structured assessment and mediating factors of suicide focused group therapy for Veterans recently discharged from inpatient psychiatry. Arch Suicide Res. 8:1-19, 2017.

O’Connor, S.S., Carney, E., Jennings, K.W., Johnson, L.L., Gutierrez, P.M., Jobes, D.A.: Relative impact of risk factors, thwarted belongingness, and perceived burdensomeness on suicidal ideation in veteran service members. J. Clin. Psychol. 73(10): 1360-1369, 2017.

Short, N. A., Stentz, L., Raines, A. M., Boffa, J. W., & Schmidt, N. B. (In press). Intervening on thwarted belongingness and perceived burdensomeness to reduce suicidality among veterans: A randomized controlled trial. Behavior Therapy. 

Allan, N. P.,Boffa, J. W., Raines, A. M., & Schmidt, N. B. (2018). Intervention related reductions in perceived burdensomeness mediates incidence of suicidal thoughts. Journal of Affective Disorders, 234, 282-288.

Chu C, Buchman-Schmitt JM, Stanley IH, Hom MA, Tucker RP, Hagan CR, Rogers ML, Podlogar MC, Chiurliza B, Ringer FB, et al. Psychol Bull. 2017 Dec; 143(12):1313-1345. 
Please note that we do not offer CEUs or certificates for our webinars.

This webinar will be recorded and emailed to all registrants. 

Stephen O'Connor, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Louisville. He currently serves as the Associate Director for the University of Louisville Depression Center, as the Director for Faculty Research Development, and as a Research Facilitator at the Robley Rex Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. O'Connor's research focuses on improving identification, assessment, and treatment of suicidal individuals in both traditional and non-traditional behavioral health settings. His research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, Military Suicide Research Consortium, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Louisville VA Clinical Research Foundation, and the University of Louisville Depression Center. In addition to research, Dr. O'Connor is a Licensed Psychologist and provides individual and group psychotherapy to a wide range of individuals through the University of Louisville Physicians Psychiatry practice. He received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Catholic University of America and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Injury Prevention Research at the University of Washington.
Norman B. (Brad) Schmidt, Ph.D. is Distinguished Research Professor in the department of Psychology at the Florida State University. He also directs the Anxiety and Behavioral Health Clinic, a clinical research center focused on the development and provision of state-of-the-art treatments for individuals suffering from anxiety-related problems. The major focus of his research has been on the nature, causes, treatment and prevention of anxiety psychopathology as well as related conditions such as substance use, mood disorders and suicide. He has published over 500 peer-reviewed publications, books and book chapters and his work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation, and the American Society for Suicide Prevention. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association for Psychological Science (APS) and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT). Among his honors and awards, he received the APA Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology. Dr. Schmidt received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, and is a Licensed Psychologist.
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