Avron (Avi) M. Kriechman, MD is a Child, Adolescent, Family and Community Psychiatrist in the UNM Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the School of Medicine.
Dr. Kriechman has nearly 40 years of experience providing behavioral health services to children, adolescents, and families in schools, Tribal, urban and rural communities. He has extensive experience in suicide prevention including creating ASPYR (Alliance-building for Suicide Prevention and Youth Resilience) in New Mexico.

Learning Objectives:
1. Define the Assess and Refer model for risk management, disposition planning, and suicide prevention.
2. Define Safety Planning including a description of its overall structure and purpose.
3. Compare and contrast the Assess and Refer model to Safety Planning for suicide prevention.
4. Specify a step-wise process in co-creating a prioritized list of coping strategies and sources of support that people can use during or preceding crises.
5. Specify and analyze why limiting access to lethal means is reviewed towards the end of safety planning rather than at the beginning

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