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Mental health providers are the leading stewards of suicide prevention and risk management. As licensed therapists, we are ethically required to maintain skills and competency in the prevention and treatment of suicide/suicidality. Suicide represents the greatest consequence of internalized mental suffering and remains a leading cause of death in the United States. To begin addressing the problem, it’s important to learn which segments of the population face the greatest risks of suicide as well as the proper techniques to evaluate risk, treat, and prevent suicide within those vulnerable groups.

Over the past several years the rates of suicide for Hispanic, Black, Asian and Pacific Islander youth have seen significant increases, while the rate of suicide amongst White youth has decreased. Additionally, the risk of suicide among 2SLGBTQIA+ youth is three times that of their heterosexual and cisgender peers. (Chu, J., O’Neill, S.E., Ng, J.F., Khoury, O. (2022). The Cultural Theory and Model of Suicide for Youth.)

Using the Cultural Theory and Model of Suicide for Youth participants will explore the role of culture as a risk factor as a well as a protective factor. We will explore strategies to break down barriers, increase culturally humility amongst providers and apply culturally responsive strategies in suicide prevention.


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This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:

a). Evaluate the impact of structural oppression and systemic racism on help seeking.

b). Increase awareness of the Multiple Minority Stress Model and explore strategies to improve cultural humility.

c). Apply the Cultural Theory and Model of Suicide to identify culturally responsive strategies to increase protective factors for marginalized and minoritized youth.


Target Audience:

Mental Health Clinicians & Therapists, Social Workers, Psychologists, Marriage & Family Therapists, Counselors, School Personnel, Youth Development Workers; Healthcare Workers


Instructional Level: Intermediate

Instructor(s): Crystal Rozelle–Bennett, LMSW

Material Author(s): Crystal Rozelle–Bennett, LMSW

Crystal Rozelle – Bennett, LMSW has been working with youth and families for nearly 20 years. She is committed to empowering, engaging, educating and advocating in order to implement trauma-informed strategies for individuals and communities. Mrs. Bennett earned a Bachelor’s in Arts in Psychology from Wells College and went on to complete her Masters in Social Work from Florida State University. During her career, Ms. Bennett has demonstrated a passion in sharing her personal and professional experiences with others to serve marginalized individuals and prevent re-traumatization. Ms. Bennett is a life longer learner and has provided education and support to foster families, facilitated psychoeducation programs for youth, responded to crisis hotline calls for the Department of Veterans Affairs, and trained behavioral healthcare professionals in the areas of Human Trafficking, Suicide Prevention, Child Trauma/Maltreatment, Motivational Interviewing, Racial Trauma, Cultural Competency and serving LGBT youth.

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