As the 10th leading cause of death for adults in the United States, suicide is a major public health concern. With the implementation of a suicide prevention policy at HSS, the goal of this presentation was to enhance HSS social workers’ suicide risk assessment and intervention skills. In this workshop, Mavis Seehaus and Joan Westreich presented best practices and current thinking on how to best identify and support patients who are at risk for suicide.
Mavis Seehaus is the Director of Ambulatory Care Social Work Services and also functions as the Coordinator of the HSS Child and Adult Protection Committee. Prior to coming to HSS in 2005, Mavis’s previous social work experience was in mental health.
Joan Westreich's work with patients with rheumatic disease builds on two decades as a psychotherapist and consultant working with a diverse population of individuals, couples, groups and organizations.