Suicide Prevention and Intervention for Public Safety Personnel

September 3, 2019
1:00pm - 2:00pm

This class is designed to raise suicide awareness and provide practical intervention techniques. In addition to understanding the myths and reasons behind suicide, it’s also imperative to assess the lethality of the suicidal person. This class will give members of public safety assessment questions based off the “QPR model” to ask the suicidal person in order to help them de-escalate. Experts agree that 80%-90% of those individuals completing suicide often communicate their suicidal intent to someone. To the untrained, these usually subtle communications are often ignored, which is why a successful intervention, applied by those trained in suicide prevention and intervention skills, has been proven to save lives. The training and awareness techniques provided in the class will help provide the confidence necessary to recognize the suicidal danger signs in order to ask the right questions at the right time. In simple terms…ask a question, save a life!


PRESENTER: Tammy McCoy-Arballo, Psy.D. is a licensed Mental Health Professional (PSY 28762). Dr. McCoy-Arballo earned her doctorate degree in Clinical Forensic Psychology from the California School of Forensic Studies in San Diego. She is a trained Hostage Negotiator and certified in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM). She has completed crisis counseling training when she was volunteered as a suicide hotline counselor in the 1990’s. Dr. McCoy-Arballo is an Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) trained therapist who worked extensively with first responders and civilian employees in the wake of 12/2/15 terrorist attack in San Bernardino. She was subsequently recognized for her work with the San Bernardino County Probation Department. 

** This webinar has been certified by the National Sheriffs' Association and may be eligible for Continuing Education Units through your POST. Please consult your local certification processes for additional details.
Paid subscribers that attend will be able to download a jointly issued attendance certificate that includes the National Sheriffs' Association logo.