ECHO-Chicago: Suicide Prevention for Behavioral Health Providers

October 17, 2023 to December 19, 2023
Join us on this transformative journey and become part of a dedicated network committed to positively impacting mental healthcare!
Embark on a 10-week training program tailored to behavioral health providers in Mental Health Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) across Illinois. This comprehensive program will equip behavioral health professionals with the latest evidence-based, patient-centered best practices in suicide prevention.
Throughout the program, participants will engage in a combination of didactic sessions and role-play simulations. These sessions delve into the most current research and strategies in the field. Following this, participants will lead at least two case presentations lasting 35-40 minutes each, providing an opportunity to discuss actual cases, share experiences, and explore challenges and successes.
Inspired by the format of medical rounds, this program encourages open discussions and active application of knowledge gained. It fosters community, allowing participants to draw upon their experiences and support one another. This collaborative environment will build the capacity for effective suicide prevention among behavioral health professionals.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for community-based behavioral health professionals providing care to patients at risk for suicide.

Learning Objectives

After this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Recall changes in population-level risk factors for suicide and psychological and biological precedents to completed suicide;
  • Recognize the components of a trauma-informed system-level root cause analysis that moves the focus away from mistakes and to systems;
  • Identify the levels of mental health care resources needed to build a system for referral and follow-up;
  • Relate challenges faced by patients post-acute mental health care and potential solutions;
  • Discuss the role of primary care clinicians in screening for suicide risk and high-risk populations for suicidality;
  • Describe the core elements of suicide safety planning for use at home and in the community;
  • Explain how and why a system-level approach prevents suicide in individual patients;
  • Demonstrate how to use and administer the Brief Suicide Safety Assessment and Caregiver Abuse Screen.
Additional information
ACGME/ABMS Core Competencies: 
Patient Care and Procedural Skills
Medical Knowledge
Practice-based Learning and Improvement
Interpersonal and Communication Skills
Systems-based Practice
For more information, please contact:
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Available credit: 
  • 10.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 10.00 Participation
  • 10.00 Social Work CEU
Event starts: 
10/17/2023 - 12:00pm
Event ends: 
12/19/2023 - 1:00pm
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 
Session topic
Oct 17
 Suicide Epidemiology & Introduction to ECHO-Chicago
Oct 24
Secondary Stress and Trauma
Facilitator - Royce Lee, Paviella Foster and Samantha Allen
Oct 31
Zero Suicide model
Facilitator -Royce Lee
Nov 7
 Screening Part 1
Facilitator -  Neda Laiteerapong
Nov 14
 Screening Part 2
Facilitator -Royce Lee
Nov 21
 Cultural Competent Assessment Part 1
Facilitator -Paviella Foster
Nov 28
Cultural Competent Assessment Part 2
Facilitator -Paviella Foster
Dec 5
Safety Planning & Lethal means safety
Facilitator -Samantha Allen
Dec 12
Referral and Follow-Up (system centered)
Facilitator -  Neda Laiteerapong
Dec 19
Post-Acute Care and Transitions in Care
Facilitator -  Neda Laiteerapong & Samantha Allen
The agenda is subject to change.
Online Webinar
Chicago, IL
United States
To learn more about the ECHO-Chicago curricula, visit our website.
ACCESSIBILITY The University of Chicago is committed to providing equal access appropriate to need and circumstances and complies fully with legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you are in need of special accommodation, please contact ECHO-Chicago via e-mail via at
The University of Chicago reserves the right to cancel or postpone this conference due to unforeseen circumstances. In the unlikely event this activity must be cancelled or postponed, the registration fee will be refunded; however, The University of Chicago is not responsible for any related costs, charges, or expenses to participants, including fees assessed by airline/travel/lodging agencies.
Samantha Allen, MSW, LCSW  Samantha Allen, MSW, LCSW
  Licensed Social Worker
  University of Chicago

Paviella Foster, PhD  Paviella Foster, PhD
  Vice President of Programs
  NAMI Chicago

  Neda Laiteerapong, MD, MS
  Associate Professor of Medicine
  Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
  Associate Director, Center for Chronic Disease Research and Policy
  University of Chicago

  Royce Lee, MD
  Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
  University of Chicago
Disclosure Declarations
As a provider accredited by the ACCME, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine asks everyone in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all financial relationships with any ineligible companies. This includes any entity whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. Financial relationships are relevant if a financial relationship, in any amount, exists between the person in control of content and an ineligible company during the past 24 months, and the content of the education is related to the products of an ineligible company with whom the person has a financial relationship. Mechanisms are in place to identify and mitigate any relevant financial relationships prior to the start of the activity.

Additionally, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine requires Authors to identify investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration at first mention and where appropriate in the content.
Physician Credit
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Social Worker Credit
University of Chicago Medicine is a Registered Social Work Continuing Education Sponsor through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and will offer continuing education units for ECHO-Chicago: Suicide Prevention for Behavioral Health Providers for LSW and LCSW social workers in the state of Illinois.
10 social work continuing education units are provided for this live activity.

Other Participants Credit
Other participants will receive a Certificate of Participation. For information on the applicability and acceptance of Certificates of Participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME, please consult your professional licensing board.

Please Note: The credit claiming process will close three months after the conference end date. Requests to claim credit after three months will be subject to additional fees.
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