Chaim NisselDr. Chaim Nissel, dean of students at Yeshiva University and adjunct instructor at its Wurzweiler School of Social Work, presented a two-day course on behalf of the American Association of Suicidology to mental health clinicians in Independence, Kansas from April 2-3, 2014. The course, titled, “Recognizing and Responding to Suicide Risk: Essential Skills for Clinicians,” taught 50 community mental health practitioners to properly evaluate suicide risk, how to provide evidence-based suicide intervention and help reduce suicide in their communities. Kansas experienced a 30% increase in completed suicides from 2011 to 2012 and similar trends have been noted in other rural communities.

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