Military Suicide is a comprehensive and biblically-based training program that helps to identify and assist our military servicemen and women who are contemplating suicide. This course offers everything you need to incorporate effective prevention and intervention strategies for your practice or ministry, focusing specifically on ministering to veterans and current military members and their families.
MSIP 101: The Dynamics of Suicide: What, Why, Who and How
A spiritual battle takes place every day between light and dark, and suicide risk is a battleground. In this presentation, Jennifer Cisney Ellers describes factors that increase suicide risk, as well as common methods, risk factors, and ways to help.
MSIP 102: Choosing to Die: A Model of Understanding
Jennifer Cisney Ellers reviews Dr. Thomas Joiner’s model of understanding how and why suicide occurs. It is important for caregivers to provide preventative support, education and training in these situations.
MSIP 103: A Theology of Suicide: Biblical Principles and a Christian Response
Our Christian response to suicide needs to be one of confronting bad theology and thinking; encouraging people against using trite statements and, instead, urging good theology and practices; and practicing the ministry of presence. Ultimately, we can trust the Lord and know His love is powerful.
MSIP 104: Combat Stress, PTSD, Reintegration and Suicide
In this lesson, Glen Bloomstrom discusses the area of trauma in the military from his own study and knowledge, as well as his own experience as a military chaplain. Beginning with a thorough introduction to military culture and trauma, the presentation continues by discussing how treatments have or have not aided in healthier minds post-trauma.
MSIP 105: Mental Illness and the Epidemiology of Suicide
Suicide is a complex issue with multiple contributing genetic and environmental factors. Mental illness is a key factor in identifying someone as having a predisposition for suicide. Methods are discussed, along with common triggers and general warning signs. Protective factors and prevention strategies are important in dealing with people in suicidal crisis.
MSIP 106: The Ethics of Suicide Intervention
During ethical decision making, the mental health provider should identify the problem and potential issues involved, know and review all ethics codes, laws, regulations and policies, obtain consultation, consider all possible courses of action, choose what appears to be the best course and follow through, and document the process and outcomes.
MSIP 107: Military Suicide, Prevention and Intervention: What You Need to Know
Glen Bloomstrom begins by presenting the statistics and rates related to military suicide and what this means for prevention and intervention. Mr. Bloomstrom also presents many helpful suicide prevention and intervention programs, program origination, what the program should consist of, and how the programs are proven most beneficial.
MSIP 108: Conducting a Suicide Assessment: Using the Safe-T Model
In this session, Dr. Gary Sibcy reviews and unpacks the Safe-T 5 Step Evaluation & Triage System for Suicide Assessment developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the American Psychological Association (APA). Through three role plays, Dr. Sibcy demonstrates how to use this method with clients of varying suicide risk level.
MSIP 109: Families in Crisis: The First 48 Hours Following Suicide
Discovering the body of someone who has committed suicide or receiving a death notification can be traumatic to the point that the chemistry of the brain changes in the immediate aftermath. Throughout this tumultuous time, caregivers can provide emotional and practical support that minimizes further secondary wounds to survivors.
MSIP 110: The Impact of Suicide on Military Marriages and Families
Dr.’s David and Suzanne Mikkelson present the specific impact suicide has on the family of military personnel and how those in the helping field can best intervene in their lives after the suicide has taken place. The most important thing a helper can do is to first understand military culture and how moving from this culture will affect the family most.
MSIP 111: Grieving a Suicide: Long-term Support for Survivors and Loved Ones
In this session, Jennifer Cisney Ellers and Dr. Eric Scalise will describe the complicated grief that follows a suicide and the experience of survivors. Strategies to facilitate healthy grieving and healing are outlined. Viewers will also learn what is unhelpful and how to avoid responses that cause further alienation and shame for survivors.
MSIP 112: Caregivers in Crisis: When Clients Take Their Lives
Counselors who have lost a client to suicide often describe the event as one of the most profoundly difficult experiences of their professional careers. In this session, you will learn how to prepare or care for yourself in the event of a client’s suicide, and you will learn how to care for other clinicians who have experienced this devastating event.
Bonus Session #1: The Ethics of Suicide Intervention for Educators and Church and Community Leaders
Working with people in suicidal crisis is a very stressful and ethically complicated scenario. The ethical principles of beneficence, non-maleficence, autonomy, justice, fidelity, and veracity are important when dealing with individuals in regard to suicide. It is important to note that laws differ in each state when it comes to duty to warn/duty to protect and end of life legislation.
Bonus Session #2: Conducting a Suicide Intervention: The Role of Ministry Leaders and Caregivers (with demonstrations)
In this session, Dr. Sibcy again utilizes the Safe-T method, but this time with an emphasis on the role of pastors and other lay caregivers in conducting a suicide intervention. It is of utmost importance that when a suicide risk is clearly present, referral systems are in place to get the at-risk parishioner to a trained clinician who can help.