What Is This Course?
This is a 2 hour course is for learning how to help ourselves and others survive difficult times. To be completed over a week or more, this course provides a practical approach for managing loneliness, stress, relationships and mental health and substance-use struggles (including suicidal thoughts). Micro-Interventions (including DBT Skills) are brief, evidence-based strategies designed to provide immediate relief.
Become an Ambassador
Successful completion of this course is part of the process of becoming a NowMattersNow.org Ambassador. You absolutely do not have to want to become an Ambassador to take the course. Learn more about Ambassadors here.
Training Schedule & Requirements
The course takes at minimum a week to complete and can not be completed in one sitting. This is so you have time to practice the Micro-Interventions.
- Questions Requiring "Public" Comments
- Two Practice Assignments
- Quizzes and Surveys
- Final Exam
- Attendance Attestation
- Course Evaluation
Upon completion, you will be eligible for your Course Certificate.
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Who Should Participate?
Those who do or have struggled with mental health and substances, friends and family, or those wanting to learn DBT Skills are welcome to take the course. Healthcare service providers can take this course or the more clinically oriented version found here.
At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
- Name the Four Categories of Micro-Interventions
- Differentiate DBT Skills introduced (e.g., Opposite Action or Paced Breathing)
- Explain the purpose of “storytelling” (aka social modeling) in brief-interventions
- Apply Do It Now strategies to increase likelihood of others acquiring new behaviors
- Recall guidance for creating Caring Contacts
- Describe the Biosocial Theory of Emotion Dysregulation (Stress Model)
- Identify statements of hope and change statements considered to be Linking Statement
- Teach the Stop, Drop, and Roll for managing being "On Fire" emotionally
Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credits
All students who successfully complete the course will receive a free certificate of participation. You will have the option purchase official continuing education hours (CME credit, $50). Specific American counties (e.g. St. Louis, Grays Harbor, Marion), Tribal health systems, and others may be eligible for free credits.
Are CMEs Useful to Me?
Continuing education hours are required for many professions. Continuing Medical Education hours (or CMEs) are one type of continuing education hour. They have been certified to meet certain high standards in the field of healthcare.
While CME standards are specific to medical doctors and continuing education rules vary by state, other healthcare profession licensing bodies tend to accept CME hours because they have high quality controls. For example, in Washington State up to 50% of psychologists' required hours can be of the CME type.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Wisconsin Medical Society through the joint providership of MetaStar, Inc. and Ursula Whiteside, LLC. MetaStar, Inc. is accredited by the Wisconsin Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
MetaStar, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
As of September 1, 2019 this online training will be available for CME credit for one year. The course is available indefinitely for non-CME credit.
Full CME Disclosure Statement: http://bit.ly/MI_CME_Disclosures
Quality Improvement and Research
As part of this course your data will be used to inform course improvements. Your de-identified data may be used for research purposes (i.e. to evaluate the impact of the training). Data Examples: surveys results, engagement and participation descriptives, and demographic information
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Frequently Asked Questions
Dr. Ursula Whiteside is a licensed clinical psychologist, CEO of NowMattersNow.org and Clinical Faculty at the University of Washington. As a researcher, she has been awarded grants from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Dr. Whiteside is co-investigator on a study involving over 18,000 high-risk suicidal patients in four major health systems. This study includes a guided version of NowMattersNow.org, a program she developed that includes skills for managing suicidal thoughts based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and paired with Lived Experience stories.
Clinically, she began her training with Dr. Marsha Linehan in 1999 and later served as a DBT-adherent research therapist on a NIMH-funded clinical trial led by Dr. Linehan. Dr. Whiteside is a group and individual certified DBT clinician. Now, she treats high-risk suicidal clients in her small private practice in Seattle using DBT and caring contacts.
Dr. Whiteside is national faculty for the Zero Suicide initiative, a practical approach to suicide prevention in health care and behavioral healthcare systems. This program was recently described by NPR on a segment titled “What Happens If You Try to Prevent Every Single Suicide?” Dr. Whiteside serves on the faculty of the National Action Alliance Zero Suicide Academy. She is also a founding board member of United Suicide Survivors International and a member of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Standards Trainings and Practices Committee.
As a person with Lived Experience, she strives to decrease the gap between "us and them" and to ensure that the voices of those who have been there are included in all relevant conversations: nothing about us without us.