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SRM Lecture Series is a free, live webinar offered on the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 2-3pm EST. The lectures cover a range of topics related to suicide risk management and best practices for providers working with Veterans at risk for suicide.These lectures cover a wide range of topics related to suicidality, postvention, best practice and planning.

Looking Ahead to Future Lectures

  • August: Lauren Borges, PhD, will discuss how to conceptualize suicidal behavior in the context of moral injury.

The upcoming lectures are listed below. If you wish to view all of the webinars or specific lectures based on month, year or availability of recorded sessions, use the options below to filter the content as desired.



Targeting Suicidal Behavior in the Context of Moral Injury

August 112021  2:00 ET

Lauren Borges, PhD

During this month's lecture, Lauren Borges, PhD, will discuss how clinicians and health care teams can conceptualize and effectively target suicidal behavior in the context of moral injury. Following the webinar, clinicians and health care teams will be able to describe a conceptual model of moral injury and suicide risk, discuss Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Moral Injury (ACT-MI) as an approach to targeting moral injury and suicidal behavior and discuss the results of a case study where ACT-MI was applied to moral injury and suicidal behavior.

Lauren Borges, PhD

Emergency Department Care Plans

July 142021  2:00 ET

Rebecca Collins, LCSW

Rebecca Collins, LCSW, will provide an overview of ED care plans and how they can help ensure Veterans receive appropriate care to meet their invidual needs, including mental health and social needs. Ms. Collins will also discuss how creative communication methods help Veteran care teams identify recommendations for working with specific Veterans.

Rebecca Collins, LCSW
Recorded Lecture Coming Soon 

Neurocognitive Disorders and Suicide

June 92021  2:00 ET

Joleen Sussman, PhD and Kelly Soberay, MA

Dr. Joleen Sussman and Kelly Soberay will present effective suicide prevention interventions for persons with dementia and their loved ones. They will discuss appropriate resources and education for persons with neurocognitive disorders and their caregivers.

Joleen Sussman, PhD and Kelly Soberay, MA
Recorded Lecture Coming Soon 

Preventing Suicide Among Women Veterans: Research Findings to Inform Gender-Sensitive Care

May 122021  2:00 ET

Claire Hoffmire, PhD and Lindsey Monteith, PhD

Dr. Claire Hoffmire and Dr. Lindsey Monteith will present considerations for a gender-sensitive approach to suicide risk assessment and intervention with women Veterans. They will discuss findings that indicate there are important gender differences in Veterans' risk factors for suicide, including access to lethal means (e.g., firearms).

Claire Hoffmire, PhD and Lindsey Monteith, PhD

Responding to Suicidal Ideation or Self-harm from a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Perspective

April 142021  2:00 ET

Laura Meyers, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Laura Meyers will review how to treat suicidal ideation and self-harm from a DBT perspective. Following this live, knowledge-based virtual training, clinicians and health care teams will be able to: identify how to effectively respond to suicidal statements from a DBT perspective, define the difference between "operant" and "respondent" behaviors and discuss the pros and cons of hospitalization.

Laura Meyers, PhD, ABPP

Coordinating Across All Levels of the Continuum of Mental Health Care: The Role of VCL with Each of You

March 102021  2:00 ET

Dr. Lisa Kearney

This month's SRM lecture will highlight the elevated risk of suicide in the Veteran population and the importance of engagement services after a call to VCL as a method of suicide prevention.

Dr. Lisa Kearney, Acting Director of the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL)

Involving Family and Loved Ones in Suicide Prevention Efforts

February 102021  2:00 ET

Drs. Kathryn Barrs, PsyD and Barbara Dausch, PhD

This month's SRM lecture will discuss how to clinically involve loved ones in the prevention of suicide for individuals at increased risk. Presenters will also share available resources in VA and the community to support Veterans and their loved ones.

Drs. Kathryn Barrs, PsyD and Barbara Dausch, PhD

TBI, Suicide, and Evidence-Informed Intervention Strategies

January 132021  2:00 ET

Dr. Lisa Brenner, Director, VA Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center

This month's SRM lecture is presented by Dr. Lisa Brenner the factors that lead to increased risk of suicide in Veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and discuss evidence-informed intervention strategies that must be implemented to address risk and prevent suicide.

Dr. Lisa Brenner, Director, VA Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center

Treating PTSD in the Context of Suicidality

December 92020  2:00 ET

Drs. Sadie Larsen, PhD and Lisa-Ann Cuccurullo, PsyD

In this month's SRM lecture, Drs. Larsen and Cuccurullo review evidence of how suicidality is affected by trauma-focused treatments, discuss when to provide trauma-focused treatments in the context of suicidality, and how to successfully manage both in treatment.

Drs. Sadie Larsen, PhD and Lisa-Ann Cuccurullo, PsyD.

Understanding and Addressing Suicide Among Homeless and At-Risk Veterans

November 182020  2:00 ET

Drs. Ryan Holliday and Jillian Weber and Mr. Shawn Liu, LCSW

In this month's SRM lecture, Drs. Holliday and Weber and Mr. Liu review risk factors and discuss best practices for assessment and intervention specific to the homeless Veteran population.

Drs. Ryan Holliday and Jillian Weber and Mr. Shawn Liu, LCSW.

Welfare Checks and Therapeutic Risk Management

October 142020  2:00 ET

Hal Wortzel, MD and Edgar Villareal, PhD

This month's SRM lecture will apply the principle of therapeutic risk management as a patient-centered approach to scenarios prompting consideration for welfare checks.

Hal Wortzel, MD and Edgar Villareal, PhD

Providers Working in Suicide Prevention: Personal Perspectives on Self-Care, Sustainability and Post-Traumatic Growth

September 92020  2:00 ET

Monireh Moghadam, LCSW and TJay Wiechman, RN

This month's SRM lecture will focus on the importance of self-care and sustainability for providers and healthcare teams who work with individuals who are at higher risk for suicide. Listen as one presenter reflects on the experience of post-traumatic growth, recovery, and healing in the wake of a colleague's death by suicide.

Monireh Moghadam, LCSW and TJay Wiechman, RN

Suicide Postvention

August 122020  2:00 ET

Dr. Sarra Nazem

This month's SRM lecture is presented by Dr. Sarra Nazem who will discuss suicide postvention, the organized response that occurs after a suicide loss and is an essential element of a comprehensive suicide prevention approach. By providing immediate and ongoing support to those impacted by a suicide loss, suicide postvention policies and practices serve an important function in reducing risk and promoting healing after suicide. Despite its importance, many providers report a lack of suicide postvention education and awareness.

Dr. Sarra Nazem

A Patient-Centered Approach to Lethal Means Safety with Veterans

July 82020  2:00 ET

Dr. Ryan Holliday & Dr. Lindsey Monteith

This month's SRM lecture is presented by Dr. Ryan Holliday and Dr. Lindsey Monteith who will discuss Lethal Means Safety (LMS) — a strategy for preventing suicidal self-directed violence by reducing access to lethal means (e.g., excess medication, firearms) when suicide risk is elevated. The training will provide guidance on how to apply a patient-centered approach to assess lethal means access, particularly with Veterans.

Dr. Ryan Holliday and Dr. Lindsey Monteith

Using Chain Analysis to Assess and Intervene on Suicidal Ideation and Behavior

June 102020  2:00 ET

Dr. Sean Barnes & Dr. Lauren Borges

This month's SRM lecture is presented by Dr. Sean Barnes and Dr. Lauren Borges who will discuss using chain analysis as a critical strategy for therapeutic risk management of suicidal ideation and behavior. The focus will be on the purpose of chain analysis and discovering new strategies for intervening on suicidal ideation and behavior, the impact of positive and negative reinforcement, and how to apply the components of the chain as an intervention strategy.

Dr. Sean Barnes and Dr. Lauren Borges

Safety Planning — Basics and Beyond

May 132020  2:00 ET

Dr. Megan Harvey & Dr. Suzanne McGarity

This month's SRM Lecture is presented by Drs. Harvey and McGarity who will discuss the important role of safety planning as an essential tool in suicide prevention efforts. The focus will be on the basics and reasons for safety planning, the concept of the suicide risk curve, and how best to meet the needs of Veterans in unique circumstances.

Drs. Matarazzo and Wortzel

Why Suicide Risk Assessment Matters

April 82020  2:00 ET

Dr. Bridget Matarazzo & Dr. Hal Wortzel

The inaugural SRM Lecture is presented by Drs. Matarazzo and Wortzel who will discuss the necessary role of suicide risk assessment in mental health practice. The focus will be on therapeutic risk management, a patient-centered model, that will ensure optimal care for Veterans.

Drs. Matarazzo and Wortzel