Science of Suicide Risk & Prevention|
This course will explore the science of suicide research, prevention, and intervention. Topics will include terminology, epidemiology, historical and contemporary theories of suicide, ethical and methodological challenges to suicide research, risk and protective factors, empirically supported approaches to prevention and intervention, suicide in the media and popular culture, and emerging issues and controversies in the field of suicidology. In many ways, the field of suicide research is young and knowledge is rapidly changing. Special attention will be paid to novel methodological advances in clinical psychological science. The course will use books, empirical articles, class discussion, critical thinking, exams, and writing assignments to accomplish its learning objectives. This course is not designed to resolve personal experiences with suicidal thoughts, suicide loss, or mental illness nor will it address assessing suicide risk among friends or family members.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CIS)(PSYC)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Joiner, T. WHY PEOPLE DIE BY SUICIDE
Joiner, T. MYTHS ABOUT SUICIDE
Samples of Suggested Reading:
World Health Organization. (2014). Preventing suicide: A global imperative. Geneva: WHO Press. (excerpts)
Shneidman, E.S. (1981). A psychological theory of suicide. Suicide & Life-Threatening Behavior, 11, 221-231.
Silverman, M. M., Berman, A. L., Sanddal, N. D., O┐Carroll, P. W., & Joiner, T. E., Jr. (2007). Rebuilding the Tower of Babel: A revised nomenclature for the study of suicide and suicidal behaviors Part 2: Suicide-related ideations, communications, and behavior. Suicide and Life- Threatening Behavior, 37, 264-277
Klonsky, E. D. & May, A. M. (2015). The Three-Step Theory (3ST): A new theory of suicide rooted in the `Ideation-to-Action┐ framework. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy. 8, 114-129.
Linehan, M. M., Comtois, K. A., Murray, A. M., Brown, M. Z., Gallop, R. J., Heard, H. L., Korslund, K. E., Tutek, D. A., Reynolds, S. K., & Lindenboim, N. (2006). Two-year randomized controlled trial and follow-up of dialectical behavior therapy vs. therapy by experts for suicidal behaviors and borderline personality disorder. Archives of General Psychiatry, 63, 757-766
Bryan, C. J., Mintz, J., Clemans, T. A., Leeson, B., Burch, T. S., Williams, S. R., ... & Rudd, M. D. (2017). Effect of crisis response planning vs. contracts for safety on suicide risk in US Army soldiers: a randomized clinical trial. Journal of affective disorders, 212, 64-72.
Glenn, J. J., Werntz, A. J., Slama, S. J., Steinman, S. A., Teachman, B. A., & Nock, M. K. (2017). Suicide and self-injury-related implicit cognition: A large-scale examination and replication. Journal of abnormal psychology, 126(2), 199.
Walsh, C. G., Ribeiro, J. D., & Franklin, J. C. (2017). Predicting risk of suicide attempts over time through machine learning. Clinical Psychological Science, 5(3), 457-469.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Evaluations for this course will consist of class participation and discussion facilitation, response papers, an exam, and a final research paper/project.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Interested students--In addition to submitting a POI request electronically, please email the instructor with the following: 1) a short statement (1-2 paragraphs) of reasons for interest in the course and 2) a list of relevant coursework (e.g., research methods, statistics, quantitative analysis, psychopathology)
Please note that required prerequisites include 1) PSYC 105 and 2) a course in statistics or research methods. A course in psychopathology is strongly encouraged, but not required.
|Instructor(s): May,Alexis Times: .M.W... 02:50PM-04:10PM; Location: TBA|
|Permission of Instructor Required|
Enrollment capacity: 15
|Permission of instructor approval will be granted by the instructor during pre-registration through the Electronic Portfolio. Click "Add to My Courses" and "To request a POI electronically, click here" to submit your request.|
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