CP300 (Topic) Psychology of Suicide

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CP300 (​Topic) Psychology of Suicide

What is CP 300?

This course seeks to expand students’ understanding of suicide through exploring suicide theory and research. The course will familiarize students with research that challenges common myths related to suicide as well as some misconceptions held among health professionals. In addition to developing an understanding of the experience of those who are suicidal topics covered will include suicide assessment, intervention, and prevention strategies, suicide bereavement, ethical and legal issues related to suicide, and the experiences of populations disproportionately affected by suicide. The course will seek to foster integration of knowledge learned from class with students’ understanding of suicide and related topics and increase students’ ability to empathize with different worldviews.

What are the learning objectives?

  1. Develop an understanding of suicide and suicidology that is informed by research and the realities of people who are suicidal.
  2. Learn about effective techniques professionals use for assessing and addressing suicide risk, and how peers or family members can assist someone with suicidal thoughts in getting connected with resources.
  3. Reduce the stigma associated with suicide and develop the knowledge and skills needed to educate others about topics related to suicide.


How is the course taught?

Classes will begin with a lecture and then transition into group discussion and interactive and experiential activities designed to facilitate learning of the material and development of the skills noted above. Guest presenters will also be invited to speak about their areas of expertise and/or lived experience. Throughout the semester students will work on a community project that addresses an issue of their choosing related to suicide awareness and/or prevention.


Who teaches the course?

Joe Orovecz, M.Ed. has 5 years of experience responding to crisis and suicide hotlines and has trained hotline volunteers, police officers, and peer counselors in crisis and suicide intervention. He has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Suicide Prevention Group and has designed and conducted a research study focused on suicidality among people in the LGBTQ community. Joe co-facilitated discussion groups for a psychology of suicide course at the University of Florida and is excited to be bringing a similar course here to UW-Madison.


When is the course offered?

CP 300 is offered in the fall as well as in the summer. See the MyCourse Guide information below for specific times the course is offered.


Whom do I contact for more information about CP 300?

For general information about the course contact Joe Orovecz. If you have questions about enrollment, please contact Andrea ​Burdick. If the course is full, you can sign up for the waitlist.


What are some resources for support?

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide or you’d just like someone to talk to about your experience, the numbers below can get you in touch with someone who can talk with you about what you’ve been going through. All of the hotlines listed here are available 24/7 and you can visit their websites for information about additional services they provide.

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