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Older Adult Suicidal Ideation During COVID-19 : Understanding & Prevention

September 10, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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World Suicide Prevention Day: September 10th, 12:30-2 p.m. (1.5 Continuing Education Units) Older Adult Suicidal Ideation During COVID-19

As the pandemic continues to surge across our state and country, mandates to stay at home, wear masks, and physically distance strain our coping strategies. The natural tendency to reach out to people, to participate at senior centers, to meet friends at cafes, churches, the park, or the public libraries—all of these encounters have been radically altered. The emotional consequences of chronic stress only exacerbate feelings of anxiety, fear, depression, loneliness, and social isolation. And this stress can lead to thoughts of suicide.

This two-hour online class is being offered on World Suicide Prevention Day, and led by IOA’s own Patrick Arbore, EdD. We will review how the pandemic has increased the risk of suicide for older people, especially those who live alone. We will examine the varying reasons for suicidal behavior in older adults—reasons which include isolation, loneliness and depression. We will then learn about protective factors in preventing suicide among older adults, and practice intervention strategies.

Patrick Arbore, EdD, is the Founder of The Friendship Line and Director of the Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention and Grief Related Services (CESP)-–both programs at Institute on Aging. Dr. Arbore conducts workshops and presents lectures, locally and nationally, on aging-related subjects. He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on suicide prevention, bereavement, and suffering, including a chapter he co-authored entitled “Suffering and the Caring Professional” in When Professionals Weep: Emotional and Countertransference Responses in End-of-Life Care, 2nd Edition (2016), and “Suicide Prevention Among Rural Older Adults” in Generations: Journal of the American Society on Aging, Summer 2019, 43(2), p 62-65. Patrick Arbore is a 2014 Jefferson-Award winner, as well as a 2016 Norma Satten Community Service Innovation Award recipient.

Date: Thursday, September 10, 2020, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Place: online


This class will be appropriate for those in aging services, including: family therapists; social workers; nurses; elder-law practitioners; long-term care administrators; gerontologists, human resources professionals and others. But it will also be very helpful and of interest to the lay person. No previous knowledge of the content area is required.

By the end of this course participants will be able to:

– Name 3 ways in which the current pandemic increases the risk of suicide for older people, especially those who live alone.

– Identify and describe at least 3 known factors (within suicide research) which may put older adults at risk for suicide.

– Use at least 2 principles of assessment in relation to older suicidal adults

– Practice at least 2 intervention strategies to be implemented when interacting with older adults at risk for suicide.

If you seek 2 professional Continuing Education Units, please note this in your reservation. There will be no charge for this.

Also note that BBS no longer delivers CEs. CAMFT does offer CEs to LCSWs.

For further information or cancellation (within 24 hours prior to event), in addition to questions, grievances, concerns, and special accommodations for disabilities, please contact Caitlin Morgan, Education Manager, Institute on Aging, at cmorgan@ioaging.org, or (415) 750-4114.

Continuing Education Information (2 Continuing Education Units): BRN; CAMFT (serves LCSWs/MFTs/LEPs/LPCCs); MCLE (Attorneys/Fiduciaries)

All Continuing Education certificates will be delivered digitally, within 12 working days of the event. After the program, an evaluation-test will be provided to all CE registrants, who must turn in their evaluation by email, in order to qualify for a CE certificate.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN), Provider # CEP13610, for 2 Contact Hours

CAMFT: Institute on Aging is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for this program. IOA maintains responsibility for the course and its content. Course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. CAMFT provider number is #135377.

State Bar of California (MCLE) : Course meets the qualifications for 2.0 hours of continuing education credit for Attorneys & Licensed Fiduciaries (Provider #13264).


September 10, 2020
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm


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