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8 Hours

Suicide Assessment & Intervention for Mental Health Professionals

  • Audiences Mental Health Professionals
  • CEs Available

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This full-day training is designed to increase knowledge and improve the skills and confidence of clinicians and others who find themselves identifying high-risk youth and adults and planning for their care. Approved in 2015 by the SPRC Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention, this clinician-developed training is based on current best practices and reflects the training objectives in the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.

Modules Presented

  1. Understanding Suicide
  2. Risk Factors, Warning Signs, and Protective Factors
  3. Managing Reactions
  4. Therapeutic Empathy for the Suicidal Wish
  5. Eliciting the Suicidal Narrative
  6. Measures & Tools for Assessing Levels of Risk
  7. Formulation of Risk
  8. Crisis Intervention & Safety Planning
  9. Best Practices in Treatment
  10. Standard of Care: Liability, Informed Consent, Etc.
  11. Suicide Postvention & Working with Survivors of Suicide Loss
  12. Stories of Hope / Self Care


During this highly interactive and discussion-based training, participants will:

  • Explore the current scope, risk factors, and trends of suicide seen nationally in youth, adolescents, and adults
  • Examine personal reactions to suicidal behaviors demonstrated by clients
  • Evaluate best practices in risk assessment, as well as learn techniques to elicit suicidal ideation from their clients
  • Explore issues relative to liability management, as well as best practices in planning for intervention


  • Audience: Mental Health Professionals
  • Length: 8 hours
  • CEs: Available

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