Identifying Suicidal Patients Who Deny or Minimize Their Suicidal Behaviors


1 CE Hour.

This training will cover the history of accreditation requirements as they relate to competencies, what the PWCs are and how to define them, how to evaluate competence in the PWCs, and much more.



1 CE Hour.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and the most frequent crisis encountered by psychologists. Non-disclosure of suicidal thoughts is very common, and Blanchard and Farber (2020) estimated that 21% of patients with suicidal thoughts deny having them when asked by their psychotherapists. This webinar identifies steps that psychologists can take to better identify patients who have suicidal thoughts or plans but who deny or minimize them.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this program the participants will be able to:

  • Proactively address the reasons that patients conceal suicidal thoughts or plans;
  • Phrase questions to increase the likelihood of obtaining accurate information from their patients; and
  • Appropriately screen patients for suicidal thoughts.

Presented by Samuel Knapp, Ed.D., ABPP

Samuel Knapp is a retired psychologist and was formerly the director of professional affairs for the Pennsylvania Psychological Association. Dr. Knapp frequently writes and presents on ethical issues and suicide prevention and wrote Suicide Prevention: An Ethically and Scientifically Informed Approach, published by the American Psychological Association.