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EVENT: Suicide Prevention Strategies with Veterans

May 2, 2019

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Matt Schmidt, LCSW, CADC-III


5/24/2019 @ 9:00 AM


Royal Oaks Country Club
8917 NE Fourth Plain Blvd
Vancouver, WA 98662

Suicide is a national public health issue that impacts people from all walks of life. It is estimated that Veteran suicides represent approximately 22% of all suicides in the U.S. The Department of Veterans Affairs has developed focused efforts on reducing Veteran suicide at the government level and also through collaboration with community partners.

This workshop will discuss the scope of suicide in the U.S., as well as common myths and misconceptions around suicide. The workshop will also focus on the assessment of suicide risk, including risk factors unique to Veterans, plus identify strategies for conducting caring conversations around reducing access to lethal means. The suicide prevention safety plan will be discussed as a clinical intervention tool.

About Matt Schmidt, LCSW, CADC-III

Matt holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Edgewood College in Madison WI, and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Portland State University. Matt is a an LCSW in the state of Oregon, as well as holding a Masters in Addiction Counseling (MAC), and the CADC-III (Certified Alcohol and Drug Counseling Masters Level). He has been practicing Social Work for 6 years, and in the field of social services for 18 years.

Matt Schmidt has previously worked with homeless Veterans as part of the HUD/VASH (Housing and Urban Development/Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing) program since 2015, and currently employed with the Suicide Prevention Team at the Portland VA Medical Center as of May 2018. Matt’s clinical background includes work with children, adolescents, adults, families, and violent/sexual offenders in outpatient, transitional housing, law enforcement/behavioral health, emergency department psychiatric social work, and suicide prevention.

Matt currently works for the Portland VA Health Care System as a Suicide Prevention Coordinator, as an on-call Mental Health Consultant with their Emergency Department, and with Project Respond in Multnomah County as a Mobile Crisis Clinician.

CE Applications have been submitted for LMHC, LICSW, LASW, LMFT in Washington State and LPC, LCSW, LMFT in Oregon.