Early Detection of Suicide Risk in Older Populations

Friday, July 30 2021 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM [CDT]

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Friday, July 30 2021 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM [CDT]

Early Detection of Suicide Risk in Older Populations

Presented by Gary U. Behrman, PhD, MSW, M.Div.

* This course meets Suicide Prevention requirement for licensure renewal. *

For over a decade, the suicide rates in the U.S. are rising.  Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the general population, with suicides outnumbering homicides by more than two to one. Among all populations, white males over the age of 55 are at highest risk for suicidal ideation and completion. 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 especially among againg populations. 



  1. Recognize the warning signs of suicide risk especially among aging populations,
  2. Understand family concerns with aging populations,
  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.


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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Gary Behrman
PhD, MSW, M.Div., LCSW

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 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 aging holistically and identifying trauma symptoms in aging populations.

About Gary Behrman

PhD, MSW, M.Div., LCSW