Assessing & Managing Suicide Risk: Core Competencies for Mental Health Professionals

  • March 8, 2018
  •  8:00 am to 5:00 pm CST
  • Gogebic Community Mental Health
  • 103 W U.S. 2, Wakefield, MI 49968

A one-day workshop for mental health professionals on assessing suicide risk, planning treatment, and managing the ongoing care of the at-risk client

Sponsored by Gogebic Community Mental Health Authority and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Workshop Objectives

Participants will gain knowledge in the following core competencies:

  • Managing one’s own reactions to suicide
  • Reconciling the difference and potential conflict between a clinician’s goal to prevent suicide and a client’s goal to eliminate psychological pain through suicide
  • Maintaining a collaborative, non-adversarial stance
  • Eliciting suicide ideation, behavior, and plans
  • Making a clinical judgment of the risk that a client will attempt or complete suicide
  • Collaboratively developing an emergency plan
  • Developing a written treatment and services plan that addresses a client’s immediate, acute, and continuing suicide ideation and risk for suicide
  • Developing policies and procedures for following clients closely
  • Implementing the principles of crisis management

Continuing Education Credits

The Suicide Prevention Research Center (SPRC) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SPRC retains responsibility for this program and its content. This program is approved for 6.5 CE credits through APA. SPRC is a NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. This program is approved for 6.5 clock hours. (ACEP # 6581). This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (#886393521-1406) for 6.5 social work continuing education contact hours. This program is approved to provide CE credits by NASW and APA, both of which are accepted by the BBS for California licensees.

Partial credit will not be given for partial attendance.

Workshop Components

Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk includes:

  • 6 1/2 hours of training, in a mix of lecture, paired practice, written exercises, and video modeling
  • An engaging and stimulating participant manual, including bibliographies for each of the five major section
  • Post-workshop access to additional resources on a web page exclusively for AMSR participants and trainers


Lynn Johnson MA, LLP

Pathways Crisis Services Supervisor

Mr. Johnson is a Limited License Psychologist in Marquette, Michigan with 27 years of mental health experience.  He has been providing crisis services throughout his career.

More information

For more information, including a copy of the workshop schedule, contact Tess Greenough at This event will be wheelchair accessible. If you need additional accommodations, please inform Tess Greenough when registering.

Suicidal behavior is a major cause of death and disability in the United States. Over 30,000 people die by suicide each year, the equivalent of one major airliner filled with passengers crashing every two days. Hundreds of thousands of people are treated in hospital emergency departments each year following a suicide attempt.

A significant proportion of people who die by suicide have had recent contact with a mental health professional. However, many providers are inadequately trained to assess, treat, and manage suicidal patients or clients.

Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk was designed to address that training gap. It teaches essential core competencies that meet the needs of an entire spectrum of mental health professionals, including psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed counselors, social workers, and employee assistance professionals.


Assessing & Managing Suicide Risk: Core Competencies for Mental Health Professionals

The registration deadline is: February 20, 2018 No walk-ins will be accepted.

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