Jonathan Singer, PhD

Jonathan Singer, PhD

Associate Professor

Loyola University Chicago

Dr. Jonathan Singer is a licensed clinical social worker and associate professor of social work at Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Singer’s clinical and research interests focus on interventions for suicidal and cyberbullied youth; service access and service utilization; and use of technology in education and clinical practice. Dr. Singer has given over 100 regional, national and international presentations to the U.S. Military, community mental health agencies, school districts, and national professional organizations on topics ranging from youth suicide and cyberbullying to ethics, social media, and adolescent development. He is the author of 50 publications, including the 2015 Routledge text, Suicide in Schools: A Practitioner’s Guide to Multi-level Prevention, Assessment, Intervention, and Postvention. He is a founding member of the online suicide prevention social media (#SPSM) community, an elected Board member of the American Association of Suicidology and the international organization Human Services Information Technology Applications. He is the committee chair for two national social work organizations and the founder and host of the award winning Social Work Podcast. He lives in Evanston, IL with his wife and three children and can be found on Twitter as @socworkpodcast.

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1:30 – 2:30

Title of talk: Overview of School-Based Suicide Prevention

Description: Schools provide adults with a unique opportunity to identify and respond to youth suicide. Today’s workshop will provide an overview of school-based suicide prevention. We will talk about the value of establishing a crisis team, suicide prevention programs, how to intervene in a suicidal crisis, and what schools should do in the aftermath of a suicide.

Learning objectives

At the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Identify four areas of suicide prevention addressed in schools
  • Recognize suicide prevention programs with empirical support
  • Discuss the benefit of a crisis team in prevention, intervention and postvention.

Singer – Overview of School-Based Suicide Prevention

2:45 – 3:45

Title of Talk: Five Things Everyone Should Know About Suicide Prevention and Social Media

Description: The rise of social media has created an enormous shift in the way we disclose and discuss suicide risk. The speed with which information is created and shared on social media makes it hard for even the most tech savvy professional to keep up. In today’s talk you will learn about suicide-related hashtags, how to respond to suicide risk online, what the big social media platforms are doing to address suicide risk, the most common features of suicide prevention apps, and the online community, Suicide Prevention and Social Media (#SPSM).

Learning objectives

At the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Identify hashtags currently being used on social media to identify suicide and related risk
  • Discuss ways that major social media platforms address suicide risk.
  • List the most common features of current suicide prevention apps

Singer – 5 things everyone should know about SoMe and Sx

Youth suicide annotated bibliography

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