Mental Health Webinar Series: Recognizing and Managing a Potentially Suicidal Patient Webinar

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 11:00 to 12:15
Webinar Fee: 
$15.00 for NATA members / $25.00 for non-members
Target Audience: 
Athletic Trainers
Jennifer Ostrowski, Ph.D., LAT, ATC
Dr. Ostrowski is a faculty member in the Master of Science in Athletic Training program, and is the Director of the Doctor of Athletic Training Program. Her previous experience includes serving as the initial Coordinator of Clinical Education for Moravian's College's MSAT program, as Athletic Training Program Director at Weber State University, and as Coordinator of Clinical Education at Lasell College. Dr. Ostrowski's research interests center on the psychology of injury, and therapeutic modalities. She has been active in her scholarship, authoring a national textbook, titled Psychosocial Strategies for Athletic Training, and over 20 peer-reviewed publications, as well as presenting at over 50 professional conferences. Dr. Ostrowski has been awarded several National and private grants to fund her therapeutic modalities research, and was recently asked to serve as a subject matter expert for the NATA's pilot Self-Assessment Module in mental health. She also serves as a member of the Exam Development Committee for the National Board of Certification examination, and as a site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.
Grady J. Hardeman M.Ed., LAT, ATC
I currently work as a manager for HEALTHWORKS, which is the corporate health and wellness division for Atrium Health. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Medicine from Wingate University (1996), a Master of Education Degree from The Citadel (1999), and a post-master’s certificate in Healthcare Administration from East Carolina University (2018). I have a passion for improving the health and wellness of the athletic and employer population, specifically as it relates to behavioral health. I believe that the athletic trainer plays a vital role in increasing access, improving outcomes, and containing the cost of healthcare services. I am married with two daughters, and my hobbies include serving in my church, public speaking, and competing in road races and triathlons.
Mental health problems are common in the United States, with 6.8% of the adult population and 12.8% of the adolescent population experiencing a major depressive episode in any given year. Although there are many documented benefits of sports participation, athletes are not immune to these mental health problems. Increased time demand, the pressure to perform, pain and injury can often place the athlete at risk for developing a mental health challenge or illness. The majority of athletic trainers (77%) report having experience with patients with mood disorders, however athletic trainers also report feeling underprepared to handle mental health situations. Additionally, while many athletic trainers report recognizing signs of mood disorders in their patients, signs of distress or impaired functioning are not always obvious and it is important for athletic trainers to be educated about warning signs and risk factors for depression, suicidal ideation, and nonsuicidal self-injury. This webinar will address these concerns and will provide strategies for approaching someone with your concerns, initiating a mental health referral, and educating the individual about proven self-help strategies.
Athletic Training Domains: 
Domain 1 – Injury and Illness Prevention and Wellness Promotion
Domain 2 – Examination, Assessment and Diagnosis
Domain 3 – Immediate and Emergency Care
Domain 5 – Healthcare Administration and Professional Responsibility
Course Level: 
Clinical Objectives: 

At the conclusion of this presentation, the learner will be able to:

Participants will be able to identify risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, including depression, suicidal ideation, and non-suicidal self-injury.
Participants will be able to apply a mental health action plan to individuals in crisis and non-crisis situations.
Participants will be able to educate individuals on evidence-based professional, peer, and self-help resources.
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