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Brown University

On-demand | Micro-interventions to Support Those Escaping Emotional Pain: Addressing Overlapping Substance Use and Suicide Risk

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Jointly provided by the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Health Bodies Healthy Minds of Washington County Program Release: May 13, 2022 Expiration Date: May 31, 2024 Estimated time to complete: 90 Minutes There are no prerequisites for participation. GUEST SPEAKER Ursula Whiteside, PhD Clinical Instructor and Advisor, Behavioral Research & Therapy Clinics Center for Behavioral Technology, University of Washington Zero Suicide Faculty, National Action Alliance CEO, Overview Few clinicians understand how suicidal thoughts and behaviors are similar to substance use in that they can create emotional and physiological relief. In this webinar, healthcare professionals will be informed about the connections between suicide and substance use-- and be encouraged to work across disciplines on prevention strategies.


After completing this course, the learner should be better able to: 

  • Describe the intersection between suicidal risk and substance use including research quantitative and qualitative research.
  • Assess and stabilize clients with suicidal ideation using a DBT informed approach.
  • Describe the overlapping functions of the behaviors of substance use and suicidal phenomena. 

Acknowledgement of Funding

This training is funded by Grant SM-17-006 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.


There are no fees for participating in and receiving credit for this activity.

  • Review the activity objectives, faculty information, and CME information prior to participating in the activity.
  • View the CME presentations
  • Complete the CME activity evaluation at the conclusion of the activity in order to receive a credit certificate.


In accordance with the disclosure policy of the Brown University CME Office as well as standards set forth by the Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), speakers have been asked to disclose any relevant financial relationship with ineligible companies as defined by the ACCME’s Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education. The intent of this policy is not to prevent a speaker with a potential conflict of interest from making a presentation but to be identified openly so that the listener may form his/her own opinion. Any potential conflicts of interest have been mitigated prior to this presentation.

Faculty Disclosure/Conflict of Interest

The following speakers and planning committee members* have disclosed that they have no relevant financial relationships:

Ursula Whiteside, PhDJennifer Maloney*Danielle Stewart, MA, LMHC*Robert Harrison, MD*Susan Orban, LICSW*Maria Sullivan, BS*


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Disclaimer: This educational program is designed to present scientific information and opinion to Health professionals, to stimulate thought, and further investigation.


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