Training in Suicide Interventions

Onsite training opportunities are available for diverse professionals and their organizations who seek training in suicide risk assessment and management. Mental health professionals can also choose to receive training in treatment planning with suicidal persons.

These courses are available for continuing education credit and meet Washington state guidelines for suicide intervention training where noted.

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Suicide Risk Assessment (3 hours)

With suicide among the top ten causes of death nationwide, the ability to effectively assess suicide risk is a critical skill for those in the health care professions.

This 3-hour workshop is intended to help health care professionals learn best practices for suicide risk assessment. Participants will become familiar with chronic and acute risk factors for suicide, protective factors for suicide, and how to formulate an overall level of suicide risk based on these factors. In addition, participants will learn when to screen for suicide risk, how to talk with individuals who may be suicidal to assess risk, and how to document the suicide risk assessment process. Finally, participants will learn how to make appropriate referrals for persons at risk for suicide.

This training is approved by Washington State Department of Health and included in their 2017 Model List. Our program approval code is TRNG.TG.60721111-SUIC.

Suicide Risk Assessment and Management (6 hours)

The ability to effectively assess and manage suicide risk is a critical skill for those in the health care professions.

This 6-hour workshop is intended to help health care professionals learn best practices for suicide risk assessment and management. Participants will become familiar with chronic and acute risk factors for suicide, protective factors for suicide, and how to formulate an overall level of suicide risk based on these factors. In addition, participants will learn when to screen for suicide risk and how to talk with individuals who may be suicidal to assess and manage risk.  Participants will be taught suicide risk management strategies used in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), an evidence-based treatment for suicidal behaviors. These will include general guidelines for risk management and a specific protocol for intervening in a suicide crisis situation. Finally, participants will learn how to use the Linehan Risk Assessment and Management Protocol (LRAMP) as a means of documenting the suicide risk assessment and management process.

This training is approved by Washington State Department of Health and included in their 2017 Model List. Our program approval code is TRNG.TG.60721111-SUIC.

Linehan Suicide Safety Net

Best practices for suicide risk assessment and management include comprehensive documentation about a client or patient’s crisis. Linehan Suicide Safety Net (LSSN) is not a training course; it is a helpful online tool for anyone who must assess and manage a client’s risk for suicide. Learn more about LSSN and how it can guide a therapist in documenting his or her assessment.