Barry N. Feldman, Ph.D., LICSW, is a nationally recognized educator, trainer, researcher, and clinical expert in the field of suicide intervention and prevention. He specializes in suicide-related training, critical incident response, and crisis stabilization services for schools, military, law enforcement, emergency medical responders, healthcare providers, veterinary medical practitioners, and other professionals.
Dr. Feldman was faculty at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry, where he served for many years as Director of Psychiatry Programs in Public Safety. He continues to provide consultation, training, critical incident debriefing, and other psychological support services for first responders, including officer wellness and fitness-for-duty evaluations. He has developed specialized teaching materials in the field of suicidology and created management programs for trauma recovery, substance abuse and crisis intervention.
Dr. Feldman is a master trainer in the Safety Planning Intervention model and has provided this advanced training to a multitude of healthcare practitioners and mental health clinicians working with individuals at risk for suicide. He is also an approved trainer for the American Association of Suicidology and completed their psychological autopsy certification program. He is also an approved trainer for the Suicide Prevention Resource Center and is a certified trainer for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. He previously served on the Clinical Advisory Board of the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide, served as the suicide prevention consultant for the MA National Guard, and is a former chairman of the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention.
Dr. Feldman has provided technical assistance to secondary schools and universities to help in developing and implementing policies, procedures, and strategies to prevent suicide, and to create appropriate postvention responses in the aftermath of suicide or other traumatic and sudden deaths that affect both the school and the local community. He is well-versed in implementing the Zero Suicide model as a framework for developing a continuity of care approach within hospitals and healthcare systems for screening, assessing, and managing patients at risk for suicide.
Dr. Feldman maintains an active clinical practice counseling individuals and couples, with a focus on those in high-risk professions (e.g., law enforcement, fire/rescue, EMS, military) and their loved ones. Dr. Feldman also provides therapy to a broad range of people working in other “helping professions” (e.g., medical, and mental healthcare providers, veterinary medicine professionals, educators, prosecutors, clergy) whose careers were negatively impacted by job-related and/or personal circumstances.
Dr. Feldman provides consultation and expert witness testimony to both plaintiff and defense attorneys in litigation related to his area of expertise. This work is driven by his desire to help ensure best practices for assessment, treatment and care delivered to individuals who may be at-risk for suicide, and thereby to prevent more families and friends from joining the ranks of suicide loss survivors.
Please contact Vident Partners if you are interested in scheduling a call with Dr. Feldman.