Baker Act Training Program Adds Suicide Prevention to On-line Courses
“ Excellent summary of the key issues related to the subject. One of the best I've seen in 25 years of working in the field.”
- Participant response
The Florida Mental Health Institute conducts statewide Baker Act On-line Training for a wide variety of persons who need to be familiar with the Baker Act and its procedures. Through a contract with the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), training is provided at no charge for individuals in law enforcement, mental health professionals, hospital personnel, attorneys, advocates, case managers, nursing home/Assisted Living Facilities (ALF) staff, protective service workers, and others.
A new course in suicide prevention was recently created for the Baker Act Training and can be completed in about an hour. CFS's Steve Roggenbaum and Amanda Kay Leblanc developed content for the modules. Carrie Wagner from the BCS Department of Mental Health Law & Policy provided support for the design.
The suicide prevention training modules provide an excellent orientation and cover the following topics:
- Background with statistics and definitions;
- Risk Factors;
- Warning Signs;
- Protective Factors;
- Safety Planning;
- Environmental Safety Factors;
- Risk Assessment;
- Vignettes to help the learner interact with and integrate the information presented.
A quiz is presented to assist with a review of the material and a list of resources is presented for further exploration of suicide and suicide prevention. A certificate of completion is available and arrangements can also be made for obtaining continuing education credit.
Steve Roggenbaum developed and teaches Suicide Issues In Behavioral Healthcare, an undergraduate course for the Behavioral Health Care Minor at USF. In 2007 and 2008, Mr. Roggenbaum was an invited member of an American Association of Suicidology (AAS) task force to help develop the School Suicide Prevention Accreditation Program.
For additional information, visit http://bakeracttraining.org/email/suicide_prevention.html.
The Department of Child and Family Studies (CFS) at the USF College of Behavioral & Community Sciences is committed to improving the well-being of individuals, children, and families within communities across the country through promoting respect, inclusion, development, achievement, mental health, and an optimum quality of life.