404. Culturally Competent Suicide Prevention: How Targeted Training and Intervention Make Greater Impact

Mood Disorders, Suicide, and Self-harm, Saturday, April 13th 1:15 – 2:45 PM ,, Workshops


Diane Sharp, Ed.D.

CE Credits


Professional CE Credit

Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Chemical Dependency Counselors

IBCC Credit

Pastoral Counselors, Pastors, Teachers, Coaches,

CME/CEU Credit

Medical Doctors, Osteopathic Physicians, Physicians Assistants, Nurse Practitioners




Suicide rates are increasing in youth, but risk and interventions vary widely based on ethnicity and other cultural factors. Some groups, like Native American youth, have had consistently higher suicide rates than other populations, and the suicide rate for black youth has risen at an alarming rate in the last few years. This workshop will address the importance of targeted training and prevention programs for psychologists, licensed mental health professionals, medical professionals, and ministry leaders based on culture and issues specific to the people groups being helped. This session will use examples of suicide prevention and intervention programs targeting Native American communities. It will examine some of the unique challenges faced by Native American individuals, families, and communities, including historical trauma, isolation, and socioeconomic disparities. Attendees will gain an understanding of how to create programs targeting culturally specific risk and protective factors.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

Discuss the protective role of community in suicide prevention.

Describe how promoting cultural competence, humility, and community involvement may reduce the impact of suicide and foster growth in cross-cultural situations.

Promote collaborative dialogue by encouraging attendees to share their own experiences and innovative ideas for multicultural suicide prevention utilizing evidence-based interventions and support systems that have proven effective in reducing suicide rates within Native American communities.