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Firearms, Means Safety, and Suicide Prevention: A Clinical Workshop
Trainer and Speaker: Ted Bonar, Psy.D.
Thursday, September 30, 2021 | 8:30 am to 12:00 pm (Same Workshop is also offered on August 20th)


Clinical and medical interventions for suicidal crisis must include discussions of access to firearms and safe storage. This training will address the problem of suicide, the integration of firearm and means safety into clinical practice, and the cultural challenges of conversations about guns with clients and patients. Participants will practice difficult discussions to improve clinical readiness regarding discussions of gun safety and safe storage in the context of a public health approach to suicide prevention.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this workshop, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe the theoretical and scientific underpinnings of means safety as a method of suicide prevention.
  • Practice and demonstrate directive and collaborative approaches to discussions of means safety and gun ownership.
  • Apply cultural information of gun owners to clinical interventions regarding safe storage of firearms for clients at risk of suicide.

Trainer and Speaker: 

Ted C. Bonar, PsyD is a clinical psychologist and a nationally recognized trainer and speaker at conferences and universities. An independent professional based in Columbus, OH, he operates a successful private practice and is known as a Subject Matter Expert in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, suicide, military and veteran mental health concerns, and lethal means safety. He serves on the Healthcare Advisory Committee for PsychArmor Institute, and was previously the Chief of Continuing Education Programs at the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) where he oversaw and implemented training programs focused on common military-related behavioral healthcare concerns, evidence-based treatment of PTSD, and suicide prevention and treatment. He is also a National Trainer in Mental Health First Aid.

Dr. Bonar has spoken at over 200 universities, national conferences, and continuing education events, including special projects for Brady United, PsychArmor Institute, the Defense Suicide Prevention Office (DSPO), the American Association of Suicidology (AAS), the National Center for Veterans Studies at the University of Utah, PsychHub, Inc., and the National Council for Behavioral Health. Dr. Bonar has held clinical positions at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, The Ohio State University Counseling and Consultation Service, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Counseling Center, and private practice in both Bethesda, MD and Columbus, OH. Dr. Bonar was awarded the 2013 Distinguished Alum award by the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University/Chicago.

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