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Assessing and Treating Suicidal Behaviors Among Adult Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Thursday, July 14, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

The impact of suicidality and self-harm in patients affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a growing worldwide concern. Vulnerable persons affected by neurodevelopmental disabilities are too often underserved and overlooked when suffering from symptoms on the suicidal spectrum.  Research suggests that suicide is a leading cause of early death in the autistic community. The prevalence of self-harm, suicidal thoughts, and suicidal behaviors is significantly elevated in patients diagnosed with ASD compared to the general population and other psychiatric groups.

In this workshop, we will review recent findings on the prevalence of suicidal thoughts and behaviors among persons affected by ASD.  This information is followed by a review of known risk factors and assessments, as well as biological, behavioral, and psychosocial treatments.

This workshop is designed for social workers, advocates, mental health providers, ABA therapists, behaviorists, and other professionals who want to enhance their understanding of providing care to those affected by ASD and thoughts and behaviors on the suicidal spectrum.

As a result of this training;

  • Participants will learn how autism spectrum disorder, suicidality, and self-harm interconnect as a public health problem.
  • Participants will learn about the impact of autism spectrum disorder, suicidality and self-harm on the person, their health, environment, and caregivers.
  • Participants will learn about up to date social, biological, psychological and behavioral treatment practices for those with autism spectrum disorder with comorbid suicidality and self-harm.
  • Participants will explore how to integrate suicide and self-harm risk assessment into their practices.

Dr. Jeremy Bookman, DNP, PMHNP-BC Clinical Lead Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Jeremy Bookman is a board certified, doctoral prepared, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner that provides a holistic psychiatric approach, assisting in guiding individuals with disabilities and other challenges to accomplish their goals to promote the highest possible mental health and wellbeing. He works with individuals with severe psychiatric, addictions, and developmental disabilities at Bridgewell Counseling Services, Lowell, and the The Sovner Center, Danvers.

In addition, he is owner of his own telepsychiatry practice Northstar Psychiatric Health serving patients in MA and NH. Dr. Bookman previously served as Major in the United States Army for over 23 years with experience as a psychiatric liaison provider in Tikrit, Iraq for soldiers and civilians presenting in crisis during Operation Iraqi Freedom.  In his role as Clinical Lead Nurse Practitioner at Bridgewell, he provides mentoring and leadership on the delivery of medical and psychiatric care by clinical staff, advanced practice nurses. He is the primary provider for Bridgewell’s Medication Assisted Treatment Vivitrol and Suboxone clinic in Lowell, MA. Dr. Bookman earned a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from University of Massachusetts Lowell and a BS from Salem State University. He has over twenty-six years of experience working with people diagnosed with developmental disabilities, substance use disorders and mental illness.


Thursday, July 14, 2022
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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