Early Detection of Anxiety & Depression Disorders to Lower Suicide Risks

Friday, 14 May 2021 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT

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Friday, 14 May 2021 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT

Early Detection of Anxiety & Depression Disorders to Lower Suicide Risks

Presented by Gary U. Behrman, PhD, MSW, M.Div., LCSW 
* This course meets Suicide Prevention requirement for licensure renewal. *

For over a decade, the suicide rate in Missouri has been higher than the national rate.  Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death with suicides outnumbering homicides by more than two to one. With the increase in opiate addictions, it is critical that social workers are educated in how to assess, treat, and refer to appropriate levels of care to lower the risks for suicide.



  1. Assess the warning signs of suicide risk
  2. Address family concerns with at-risk persons
  3. Incorporate behavioral health screens and safety plans
  4. Apply best practices that facilitate resilience and improve health outcomes
  5. Identify resources and recent research for suicide prevention


Gary U. Behrman, PhD, MSW, M.Div., LCSW was an Assistant Adjunct Professor at Saint Louis University (SLU) Schools of Social Work, Allied Health, and Medicine for 29 years. Dr. Behrman is recognized for his expertise as clinician, educator, and consultant, and has a private practice in St. Louis metropolitan area. He has extensive training in suicide risk reduction, trauma recovery and served as a first responder for numerous crisis events around the country, including an assignment at Ground Zero following the attacks on 9/11 and with Ferguson/Florissant, MO School District following the unrest of 2014. His research and publications are in early identification of trauma symptoms to lower suicide risk.

NASW Missouri Chapter

The National Association of Social Workers Missouri Chapter is the largest professional association of social workers in the state, with over 1,400 members. Our members represent NASW throughout the state, living and working in rural, suburban, and urban counties. Our members work in wide range of settings among diverse populations. The Missouri Chapter office is located in in downtown Jefferson City, just blocks from the Capital Building. We are a non-profit professional membership organization for degreed social workers as well as students matriculating through Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited schools.

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