Webinar: Cognitive-Behavioral Models for Suicide Prevention

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Craig J. Bryan, PsyD, ABPP
Assistant Professor / Research Director of Education, STRONG STAR Trauma Fellowship; Department of Psychiatry University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Program Moderator: Jill Harrington LaMorieMSW, LSW, ACSW, Director, Professional Education, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors.

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  1. Discuss the problem of U.S. Military suicide and the impact of military culture.
  2. Learn the fundamental assumptions of fluid vulnerability theory.
  3. Describe models of cognitive-behavioral therapy for suicide prevention (CBT-SP) in working with suicidal service members.

Dr. Craig J. Bryan, PsyD, ABPP, is a board-certified clinical psychologist in cognitive behavioral psychology, and is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center. Dr. Bryan received his PsyD in clinical psychology in 2006 from Baylor University, and completed his clinical psychology residency at the Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, TX. He was retained as faculty in the Department of Psychology at Wilford Hall Medical Center, where he was Chief of the Primary Care Psychology Service, as well as the Suicide Prevention Program Manager for Lackland AFB. Dr. Bryan deployed to Joint Base Balad, Iraq, from February to August 2009, where he served as the Director of the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic at the Air Force Theater Hospitalthe primary Level III trauma hospital in Iraq. Dr. Bryan separated from active duty service shortly after his deployment, and currently researches suicidal behaviors and suicide prevention strategies, and psychological health and resiliency. He is the Project Director for a $1.97 million study testing a cognitive behavioral psychotherapy for suicidal service members, and is the lead risk management consultant for the $25 million STRONG STAR Research Consortium investigating treatments for combat-related PTSD among military personnel. He has additionally chaired the American Association of Suicidologys Primary Care Task Force to develop training curriculum for primary care medical providers in the assessment and management of suicidal patients. Dr. Bryan is a lead consultant to the U.S. Air Force for psychological health promotion initiatives, and to the U.S. Marine Corps for suicide prevention. He regularly provides training to clinicians and medical professionals about managing suicidal patients, and has dozens of publications in the areas of suicide and military mental health, including the book Managing Suicide Risk in Primary Care. For his contributions to primary care behavioral health and military suicide prevention, Dr. Bryan was recognized by the Society for Military Psychology with the Arthur W. Melton Award for Early Career Achievement.


This activity is intended for all professional caregivers providing services to military service members, military families, survivors grieving the death of a military service member, as well as those working in the community providing care to the bereaved. This activity includes, but is not limited to chaplains, casualty assistance officers, military personnel and leadership, social workers, nurses, counselors, marriage and family therapists, case managers, employee assistance professionals, school counselors, program directors, and other health and mental health professionals. 


Certificates of Attendance can be provided for those who attend the entire webinar. The Association of Professional Chaplains will accept certificates of attendance for use in reporting continuing education hours. This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers, Provider #886505639, for 1.0 continuing education contact hours. Please check with your state licensing board for professional requirements for continuing education.


There is no program fee for military personnel, Department of Veterans Affairs Employees, and Give-An-Hour Volunteers. There is a $25.00 program fee for all others to attend the program (with or without CEUs). Students with a valid school email address will receive a $10.00 discount. The program fee includes attendance and certificate fees. 


For anyone receiving free program attendance and seeking to receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs), due to high costs of CEU administration, a $25.00 CEU fee is required.

For more information, contact education@taps.org

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