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posted on January 28, 2013 10:41


January 28, 2013


Contact: Catherine Perusse, Chair
SPAN North Idaho Chapter

Suicide Assessment and Treatment Expert to Conduct Workshop

A national expert on suicide prevention and leader of a $2 million project to help suicidal soldiers will provide a daylong training on suicide prevention in Coeur d’Alene next month for mental health providers.

The Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN) North will bring M. David Rudd, PhD, the scientific director for the National Center for Veterans Studies at the University of Utah, to northern Idaho on Feb. 15. Rudd is the dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Utah.

Idaho has one of the highest suicide rates in the nation.  The regional suicide rate for the five northern counties of Idaho is the highest in the state at 25 suicides per 100,000 people in 2010. That rate among other factors led to the resurrection of a statewide suicide prevention hotline last fall.

For the Feb. 15 training in Coeur d’Alene, Rudd will teach mental health providers to accurately assess and effectively treat people with suicidal behaviors. Participants will earn CEUs. The training, located at the Coeur d’Alene Inn, costs $99 and includes lunch.

Rudd earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his doctorate from the University of Texas-Austin. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in cognitive therapy at the Beck Institute in Philadelphia. He was recently elected a Distinguished Practitioner and Scholar of the National Academies of Practice in Psychology.

In addition to providing research for more than 190 publications, Rudd has written several books including “The Assessment and Management of Suicidality.”

“This is a great book that provides the clinician with a protocol for the assessment of suicide potential which is person-centered, ethical and effective,” wrote one reviewer.

Rudd’s research has national and international awards. He’s served as a consultant on suicide for the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, the U.S. Dept. of Defense and the Beijing Suicide Prevention and Research Center. Rudd served as a president of the American Association of Suicidology and has testified six times before U.S. Congress on issues related to veterans and suicide.

Registration deadline for the Suicide Prevention Training is Feb. 8. For registration forms and more information, contact Catherine Perusse at 208-290-6161 or