Course Description

*This complete Online Course includes a PDF of the book, Assessment and Management of Suicidality, and the Final Exam. If you have access to the book and want to purchase the Final Exam only, click here.

This program focuses on how you can assess risk of suicide in patients, how to assess the presence of suicidal thinking and behaviors, risk formulation and risk categories, clinical decision making and risk management, and the importance of documentation.

4 CE credits/hours, 40 questions

Target Audience

Psychologists | School Psychologists | Marriage & Family Therapists | Mental Health Counselors | Social Workers

Learning Level


Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the assessment of risk.
  • Assess suicidal thinking and behaviors.
  • Describe risk formulation and risk categories.
  • Apply clinical decision making and risk management.
  • Explain the importance of documentation.


  1. 1
    • Statement of Understanding (downloadable/printable)

  2. 2
    • PDF Book (downloadable/printable)

  3. 3
    • "Assessment and Management of Suicidality" - Final Exam Questions (downloadable/printable)

    • Final Exam

  4. 4
    • Evaluation Questionnaire

About the Presenter

M. David Rudd, PhD, ABPP

M. David Rudd, PhD, ABPP, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Texas Tech University, with an adjunct appointment as Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center.  He also maintains a part-time private practice in clinical psychology.  Dr. Rudd completed his undergraduate training at Princeton University, his doctoral training at the University of Texas-Austin, and a post-doctoral fellowship in cognitive therapy at the Beck Institute in Philadelphia under the direction of Aaron T. Beck.  He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology and a Fellow of three professional societies, including the American Psychological Association (Div. 12), the International Association of Suicide Research, and the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (a founding fellow).  In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Rudd is an active researcher with over 100 publications including several books.  His research focuses on clinical suicidology, cognitive therapy, and ethics and regulatory issues in psychology.  His work has resulted in the receipt of several awards including the Edwin Shneidman (1999) and Exceptional Leadership (2005) Awards from the American Association of Suicidology, and the Outstanding Contribution to Science Award (1998) from the Texas Psychological Association, as well as several awards fro his outstanding teaching.  Dr. Rudd conducts national and international continuing education workshops on high-risk patients.  He serves on several editorial boards and is Past-President of the American Association of Suicidology.