The workshop will include a brief overview of the recent research with regards to suicide and the elderly. We will review common signs and symptoms, discuss options and barriers to obtaining treatment, as well as what we can all do to prevent older adult suicide in our communities. We will also discuss clinician self care and the importance of such when dealing with older adults who have threatened/survived and/or committed suicide attempt.

 

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

•Identify the common signs and symptoms an older adult may demonstrate prior to a suicide attempt.

•Describe treatment options and barriers to treatment.

•Identify the importance of clinician self care as it relates to those who work with the elderly susceptible to suicide.

 

Melissa Delgado Flint, Psy.D.

Melissa Delgado Flint, Psy.D., received both her masters and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University/ Phoenix. Dr. Flint now practices at the Midwestern University Clinic while teaching as an assistant professor in the Clinical Psychology Program. She provides individual counseling and assessment to children and adults, with a specialty in serving persons aged 55 years and above. Dr. Flint also conducts pre-surgical evaluations for patients undergoing bariatric surgical procedures. Her primary areas of interest are working with individuals who are dealing with effects of abuse, depression, post traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety, as well as grief and loss related issues. Dr. Flint is actively involved as a Board member in two community organizations: The Area Agency on Aging DOVE’S Board of Directors as well as the Advisory Board of Directors for the MISS Foundation (serving families who have lost children). Prior to her work with Midwestern University, Dr. Flint served as the Outpatient Services Director for Senior Horizons.