Physicians have begun the practice of screening patients for suicidal ideation. This live webinar will help physicians, and the entire allied healthcare team, feel more comfortable talking with an at-risk patient about reducing their access to firearms and dangerous medications until appropriate.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for primary care and family medicine physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, psychologists, and social workers providing routine care to patients. 

Learning Objectives

After participating in this activity, the learner should be better able to: 

  • Describe why "means matter" when it comes to suicide - especially firearms
  • Prepare to talk more comfortably, collaboratively, and helpfully with patients at risk for suicide who have guns at home about out-of-home and in-home storage options to increase their safety
  • State two examples of organization-wide changes that their healthcare organization can implement to help ensure all patients at risk for suicide receive effective lethal means counseling
  • List two examples of ways to partner with firearm stakeholders in the community (like firearm instructors and gun retailers) on preventing suicide.

Additional Information

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 1.50 ANCC
  • 1.50 APA
  • 1.50 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Guest Speakers

Catherine Barber, MPA
Senior Researcher, Harvard Injury Control Research Center
Harvard. T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Cambridge, MA

Catherine Barber, MPA is a senior researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health’s Injury Research Center where she led the effort to design and test the prototype for the CDC’s National Violent Death Reporting System. She is the founding director of Means Matter, a project to disseminate research and interventions aimed at reducing a suicidal person’s access to highly lethal suicide methods. A hallmark of Means Matter is bringing together gun owners and suicide prevention groups to collaborate on local solutions.  She and Elaine Frank wrote the original CALM-Online (Counseling on Access to Lethal Means) and have adapted it for different clinical and community groups around the country. Her expertise is in developing injury surveillance systems and using data from these systems to develop and test novel interventions. She is the recipient of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Allies in Action Lifetime Achievement Award. Barber is a frequent plenary session speaker at state and national suicide prevention and public health conferences. Her Masters in Public Administration is from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Course Chair
Robert Harrison, MD
Program Director, Washington County Zero Suicide

Planning Committee
Jennifer Maloney
Coordinator, Office of CME
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Susan A. Orban, LICSW 
Director, South County Healthy Bodies, Health Minds
Coordinator, Washington County Zero Suicide Program

Danielle Stewart, M.A., L.M.H.C.
Behavioral Health Community Outreach Coordinator
Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds Washington County

Maria Sullivan
Director,  Office of CME 
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University



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 the manufacturers of any commercial products and/or provider of commercial services discussed in any educational presentation and with any commercial supporters or exhibitors of this activity.

The intent of this policy is not to prevent a speaker with a potential conflict of interest from making a presentation but to identified openly so that the listener may form his/her own opinion. Any potential conflicts of interest have been resolved prior to this presentation.

This activity may include discussion of off-label or investigative drugs uses. Speakers are aware that it is their responsibility to disclose to the audience this information. Individual Faculty Disclosure information may be found in the conference handouts.

Faculty Disclosure/Conflict of Interest

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

Catherine Barber, MPA
Robert Harrison, MD*
Jennifer Maloney*
Susan A. Orban, LICSW *
Danielle Stewart, M.A., L.M.H.C.*
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.


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.

Continuing Medical Education

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and South County Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds. The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education.

The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Education for Psychologists

The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University is approved by the RI Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Alpert Medical School maintains responsibility for the program.

This activity is approved for 1.5 Category 1 CE Credits. Credits available to RI licensed psychologists only.

Continuing Education for Nurses

This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the Northeast Multistate Division Education Unit, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Continuing Education for Social Workers

The above program has been approved in accordance with the Regulations of the Rhode Island Social Work Board of Licensure

Other Healthcare Providers

 Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance stating this program is designated for 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Many other disciplines accept AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM towards re-licensure or recertification. Check with your state licensing board to verify.



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.

Available Credit

  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 1.50 ANCC
  • 1.50 APA
  • 1.50 Attendance
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