Practitioner Course

Suicide - A Clinician's Guide

A Practical Guide to Suicide Evaluation and Management

Online Course
3 lessons


12 Months OR Subscriber Pass


2 Hours 15 minutes total


Dr Jonathan Prousky

About this course

Join Jonathan Prousky, both registered Naturopathic Doctor and registered Psychotherapist, as he shares his insights into the complex management of extreme mental distress. This series of webinars on suicide opens with a  review of the statistics about suicide, covering some of the salient phenomenological aspects of suicide. Dr Prousky brings you a sensitive lens to this worrisome and extreme manifestation of mental distress, often referred to as psychache or mental pain.

The second part of the series will explore the published literature that has identified lipid abnormalities, omega-3 essential fatty acid deficiencies, abnormalities of kynurenine pathways, and lithium levels in tap water to that of suicide. This information will form the basis of a panel of biologic substrates that clinicians can evaluate, with the ultimate aim of lessening any patient’s vulnerability to completed suicide. The focus will be on specific micronutrient treatments that may be able to reduce this vulnerability. 

The final part of the series will focus on the patient and how best to evaluate and navigate the clinical complexities when a patient expresses suicidal ideation. Safety planning will also be discussed, including a structured format to ensure that all the necessary elements are considered and completed when working on treatment plans, including appropriate referrals and collaboration with the patient. 
What you receive:
  • Clear protocol explanations from some of the world's top practitioners
  • Clinical pearls for improved practice results
  • Access to your audio and video recordings via the App Store
  • A downloadable PDF of the presenter’s slides
  • Links to all referenced research papers and useful clinical handouts
  • Access to the community hub where you can get answers to your questions
  • A 30-day money back guarantee

From this course you will

  • Learn about the pre-conditions of suicide, including "psychache", loss of self, thwarted belonging and percieved burdensomeness
  • Explore the interpersonal theory of suicide
  • Gain an overview of risk assessment, including the diminished blink reflex, acute and chronic risk factors as well as which factors are protective
  • Assessment tools to estimate suicide risk 
  • Learn how to develop patient safety plans 
  • Learn about the role of micronutrients in suicide risk, including Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids, Modulators of the Kynurenine Pathway, Vitamin D3 and Lithium Orotate 

What's in this course

Your Presenter

Dr Jonathan E. Prousky, ND, MSc, MA, RP

Dr. Jonathan E. Prousky, ND, MSc, MA, RP, graduated from Bastyr University (Kenmore, WA) in 1998 with a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. He furthered his clinical training by completing a Family Practice Residency sponsored by the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (now the National University of Natural Medicine). In 2008, he obtained a Master of Science degree in International Primary Health Care from the University of London, which focused on clinical epidemiology and evidence-based research. In 2016, he obtained a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. He is a regulated health professional in the Province of Ontario, and is licensed as a naturopathic doctor and registered psychotherapist.

At the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Prousky's primary responsibility is the delivery of safe and effective naturopathic medical care in his role as the Chief Naturopathic Medical Officer. He was the first naturopathic doctor to receive the “Orthomolecular Doctor of the Year” award in 2010. In 2017 he was also the first naturopathic doctor to be recognized for his longstanding commitment to mental health by being inducted into the “Orthomolecular Hall of Fame.”

Dr. Prousky is the author of more than 60 scholarly publications, and several texts including Anxiety: Orthomolecular Diagnosis and Treatment, and the Textbook of Integrative Clinical Nutrition.