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Portrait of Dr. Lezine
Welcome to the Lived Experience Academy. I’m DeQuincy Lezine, and I’m looking forward to sharing what I’ve learned through more than 20 years in suicide prevention and life promotion with lived experience.

There is a 5-Stage path toward Post-Suicidal Growth that I’ve developed through years of research and experience, and that will be shared through free mini-courses, a comprehensive course for mental health care providers, and monthly content with insights related to the path.

If you’re interested in getting to a point in your clinical practice where you can approach someone’s suicidal crisis with confidence in your ability to help them recover and grow from their experience, then join the Academy mailing list.

People on the mailing list will be the first to know when the Academy courses become available, and exclusive opportunities for early access or giveaways will only go out through the list.

Here is a quick peek at what is just about ready to open:

FREE mini-course for providers:
Safety Plan Analysis with Growth in Mind.

Walk step-by-step through the information used for creating a safety plan with a lived experience perspective on gaining understanding in life-promoting ways.

Another FREE mini-course for providers:
Warning Signs to Informing Signs.

Examine the most widely cited ‘warning signs’ that indicate suicide risk with a lived experience perspective on revisiting them as life-promoting clues after the suicidal crisis.

Early access to a FREE mini-course for individuals emerging from a suicidal crisis:
Six Steps to Stable Ground.

Move from experiencing suicidal-level intensity to planning for safety and recovery in six brief but focused segments.

COMPREHENSIVE course for providers:
Helping Your Clients Recover and Grow After a Suicidal Crisis.

Go into depth on the entire trajectory of a suicidal individual, key interventions at critical times, ways to assist with post-crisis recovery, and methods for assisting with personal growth after a suicidal crisis.This course has hours of information, organized into bite-sized segments as well as searchable, and downloadable resource material.CEUs will be offered if there is sufficient interest.

FREE mini-course for providers:

Safety Plan Analysis with Growth in Mind.

Walk step-by-step through the information used for creating a safety plan with a lived experience perspective on gaining understanding in life-promoting ways.

Another FREE mini-course for providers:

Warning Signs to Informing Signs.

Examine the most widely cited ‘warning signs’ that indicate suicide risk with a lived experience perspective on revisiting them as life-promoting clues after the suicidal crisis.

Early access to a FREE mini-course for individuals emerging from a suicidal crisis:

Six Steps to Stable Ground.

Move from experiencing suicidal-level intensity to planning for safety and recovery in six brief but focused segments.

COMPREHENSIVE course for providers:

Helping Your Clients Recover and Grow After a Suicidal Crisis.

Go into depth on the entire trajectory of a suicidal individual, key interventions at critical times, ways to assist with post-crisis recovery, and methods for assisting with personal growth after a suicidal crisis.

This course has hours of information, organized into bite-sized segments as well as searchable, and downloadable resource material.

CEUs will be offered if there is sufficient interest.

I’m looking forward to sharing all of these resources and more as the Academy officially opens its doors. If you want to know when the courses are available, then I hope you join the mailing list.

Brief Biography: I’m a suicide attempt survivor who has been active in suicide prevention since 1996. I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from UCLA and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Rochester with a focus on public health approaches to suicide prevention. I was the inaugural Chair of the Attempt Survivor and Lived Experience Division of AAS and served as a Co-Chair of the Consumer Survivor Committee for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. In 2015, I was honored to be awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the SAMHSA Voice Awards.