Suicidal Ideation and Behavior across the Psychosis Spectrum

Course code:24-TJ-023
Dates:April 11, 2024 Alternate Course Dates
Meets:Th from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location:Live Online via Zoom
Instructor:Jordan DeVylder
Fee: $35.00Fee Breakdown


This is the sixth of seven informative sessions within the series, "Insights into Serious Mental Illness: A Comprehensive Seminar Series," aimed to address critical topics related to Serious Mental Illness (SMI) and led by speakers who specialize in different areas of SMI.

Psychotic experiences are sub-clinical hallucination- and delusion-like experiences that resemble the symptoms of schizophrenia-spectrum disorders, but are typically of lesser intensity, persistence, and impairment. In the United States, psychotic experiences are inequitably distributed across the population, such that they are more frequently reported among minoritized groups. Despite being labeled as sub-clinical symptoms, psychotic experiences are robustly associated with suicidal thoughts and behaviors. This presentation will examine the recent epidemiological evidence supporting the clinical significance of psychotic experiences as indicators of suicide risk in the U.S., supplemented by new analyses of the National Survey of Poly-victimization and Mental Health, demonstrating that the association between psychotic experiences and suicidal behavior is moderated by race among young adults. Translational implications will be discussed in the context of novel intervention development efforts, supported by qualitative data from a currently ongoing project to develop a Youth-Nominated Support Team intervention for adolescents at clinical-high risk for psychosis. Second, broader clinical implications in the context of the social determinants of psychosis and disparities in access to mental health care will be considered with an emphasis on the development of community- based approaches to psychosis prevention.

Participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the psychosis continuum as a clinical concept and research construct.
  • Identify associations between psychosis and suicidal behavior.
  • Apply an awareness of social determinants of health and disparities in understanding emerging psychotic symptoms.
  • Explore potential avenues for intervention across the psychosis spectrum.


The cost per session is free for VCU School of Social Work students, faculty, community-embedded faculty and staff; $30 for VCU alumni or field instructors; and $35 for all other attendees. This pricing structure is intended to make the series accessible to all, with a special emphasis on supporting students' learning and engagement.

VCU School of Social work students, faculty, community-embedded faculty and staff should enter the coupon code SSW35 into the promotional code box during registration. Coupon codes must be used/applied at the time of enrollment, cannot be combined with other discounts/coupons or waivers, and will not be retroactively applied.

Registration Deadline: Registrations will be accepted through April 10, 2024.
Cancellation/Refund Policy: You may cancel your registration up until the day before the start date, and receive a full refund minus a $17.50 credit card processing fee. After that date, no refunds will be given. Cancellations must be received via email at
In the unlikely event that this program is cancelled or postponed due to insufficient enrollments or unforeseen circumstances, the university will fully refund registration fees, but cannot be held responsible for any other expenses, including change or cancellation charges to include but not limited to airlines, hotels, travel agencies, or other organizations.

Transfer Policy: Registration may be transferred to a different seminar within the series if space is available. Transfer request must be in writing via email at by the cancellation deadline.

Student/Participant Conduct:
Participants are subject to all university policies applicable to students, unless a specific university or VCU Continuing and Professional Education policy explicitly states otherwise. University policies governing students are available at including:
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