Suicide Assessment Skill Building for Nephrology Social Workers

Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Course Director: Jane Kwatcher, LCSW and Matt Stricherz, EdD
Session 422, 3.75 clock hours

Target Audience:
Designed for Nephrology Social Workers of all expert levels (novice, experienced, seasoned) who practice in a dialysis facility or who supervise those practitioners.

Course Description:
End-of-Life issues take on an added significance in the world of renal replacement therapy where the treatment in itself is intrinsically life-preserving. The incidence of depression and related mood disorders remains critically high among ESRD patients, sometimes resulting in crisis situations. This 4-hour course will incorporate identifying suicidal ideation and behavior, methods of completing an effective suicide assessment, and developing appropriate interventions, within the nephrology social worker role. Skill acquisition based upon best practices will be accomplished through lecture and case discussion activities.

Course Objectives:
Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Define incidence and parameters of suicidal ideation and behavior in the dialysis setting
  • Increase understanding of the components of a suicide assessment and the role of the nephrology social worker
  • Identify interventions and a plan of care for patients with suicidal ideation and/or behaviors.


Time Topic

1:00pm – 1:15pm

Defining Suicide in the ESRD Population

1:15pm – 1:30pm

Group Interaction: Defining Participant Experiences and Confidence

1:30pm – 2:15pm

Internal and External Dynamics within the Suicidal Continuum

2:15pm – 3:00pm

Assessing Suicidal Risk

3:00pm – 3:15pm


3:15pm – 4:00pm


4:00pm – 5:00pm

Case Discussion Activity

Required: Separate registration fee of $60 for NKF Members, $75 for Non-Members. Includes syllabus, boxed lunch, and CE credits. Participation is limited, so register early.

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