Lethal Means Safety and Suicide Prevention: New Approaches for Firearm Safe Storage Counseling

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In Vermont and other rural states, the majority of suicide deaths in recent years have involved firearms. Promoting lethal means safety is associated with reductions in deaths by suicide. In healthcare and behavioral health providers are well positioned to assess risk and provide counseling related to firearm safe storage. However, many providers do not receive adequate training on how to engage their clients/patients about safe storage of firearms.

Drs. Bell and Delaney will present an innovative approach they have developed for training providers on how to engage clients/patients on firearm safe storage practices, both for suicide prevention and as a broader approach to firearm injury prevention for children and families. Two training cases will be presented that model how to engage children, youth and caregivers about firearm safe storage. This workshop is appropriate for a wide range of behavioral health and health care clinicians, and individuals who want to learn more about approaches to promoting suicide and injury prevention relating to firearms.

Presenters

Mary T. Mcquiggan, LICSW

Mary T. Mcquiggan, LICSW

Mary is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has focused her work on supporting adolescents and their families with navigating the health care and education systems in Vermont.
Rebecca Chaplin

Rebecca Chaplin

Rebecca Chaplin, MS, MSW is Social Work Care Coordinator assigned full time to a OBGYN specialty care practice through a unique partnership between Northwestern Counseling & Support Services and Northwestern Medical Center.
Catherine Marrin, MSW, LICSW

Catherine Marrin, MSW, LICSW

Catherine Marrin, MSW, LICSW Is Team Leader for the Integrated Health Team and supports the behavioral health social workers imbedded in primary and specialty care clinics in Franklin and Grand Isle Counties.
Steve Broer, Psy.D.

Steve Broer, Psy.D.

Steve Broer, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist & Director of Behavioral Health Services at Northwestern Counseling & Support Services.
Brittany Rhoads, LCMHC

Brittany Rhoads, LCMHC

Brittany Rhoads, LCMHC is an Adult Outpatient Clinician at Lamoille County Mental Health Services (LCMHS). LCMHS is a Designated Agency, serving Vermonter’s within the county.

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