Lowering the Risks for Suicide (Virtual Event)

Friday, 24 June 2022 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT

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Friday, 24 June 2022 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT

Motivational Interviewing (Virtual Event)

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

3.0 Clock hours

* 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 in the U.S. 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. Recognize the warning signs of suicide risk
  2. Address family concerns with at-risk clients
  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 28 years. Dr. Behrman is recognized for his expertise as clinician, educator, and consultant, and has a counseling practice in St. Louis metropolitan area. He has extensive training in trauma recovery and suicide risk reduction His research and publications are in trauma recovery and the role of spirituality and faith in the healing process.

About Gary Behrman

PhD, MSW, M.Div., LCSW