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Suicide in Montana Facts, Figures, and Formulas for Prevention

Thursday, November 09, 2023, 11:30 AM until 1:00 PM
Double Tree Hotel
100 Madison
Missoula, MT  59801
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Professional Development Hour
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September 2023 PDH

Location: Double Tree - Missoula - Edgewater, 100 Madison Street

Title: Suicide in Montana Facts, Figures, and Formulas for Prevention

This presentation focuses on suicide within our culture with specific attention towards Montana.  The presentation covers national and Montana data, demographics of a suicidal person, warning signs, training on how to intervene with a suicidal person, evidenced-based practices, and resources available.  The presentation also covers how to conduct a suicide risk assessment utilizing the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale.


Learning objectives for this presentation include: 1) Participants will be able to identify at least three warning signs of suicide, 2) Participants will be able to identify the primary suicide prevention crisis resource in the state., and 3) participants will be able to implement the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale.


Speaker: Karl Rosston, LCSW


Bio: Karl Rosston is the Suicide Prevention Coordinator for the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.  He provides evidenced-based programs to all Montana secondary schools, implements the State Suicide Prevention Plan, supports the Montana Suicide Prevention Lifeline, implements statewide media campaigns, provides suicide prevention trainings, and coordinates suicide prevention efforts around the state. Karl is a master level trainer in QPR and trains in suicide safe care for patients for many of the state’s universities and health care settings.


Previously, Karl was the Director of Social Services at Shodair Children’s Hospital in Helena.  Before returning to Montana, he was on the faculty of the University of Colorado, School of Medicine, and a clinical consultant with the Colorado Division of Youth Corrections.


He is a licensed clinical social worker who maintains a small private practice in Helena.  He received his master’s in social work from the University of Denver and his bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Montana.

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