Suicide Assessment and Intervention Training
Suicide Assessment and Intervention Training for Mental Health Professionals is based on current best practices and is designed to increase knowledge and improve the skills and confidence of mental health professionals who find themselves identifying high-risk youth and adults, and planning for their care.
- Was approved in 2015 by the SPRC Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention
- Has been found to increase the knowledge and confidence of mental health professionals who attend*
- Is now being offered as part of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Suicide Prevention Program training efforts
Attendees will learn how to:
- Manage personal reactions to suicidal clients
- List suicide warning signs and risk and protective factors
- Demonstrate techniques to elicit suicidal ideation and history of behaviors
- Identify strategies and tools to assess risk
- Describe how a client’s ambivalence about suicide is an opportunity to intervene and how the client may view suicide as a coping strategy
- Explain the value of appropriate postvention and grief support services for individuals and communities affected by suicide
Here’s what attendees are saying:
“This was SO, SO, SO helpful in not only easing my anxiety about approaching this topic with clients, but also gave me many tools and methods to extend the dialogue beyond a few typical assessment questions.” -Darleen J. Gracia, PsyD, Staff Psychologist, Tufts University
“Excellent interaction with audience. Resource packet was great! I can honestly say this is the best program I have ever attended to assist me as a provider of social services!!” -Lindsey D. Snavely, BSW, Resident Service Coordinator, SHINE Counselor, Crowninshield Management Corporation
More testimonials here.
This is a full-day training that consists of 6 hours of actual instruction plus breaks. Riverside Trauma Center can provide hosting organizations with materials needed to apply for continuing professional education units/credits in your state.
For more information or to schedule a training, please call Jenny Huynh at 781-433-0672, ext. 5738 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our highly-trained, licensed mental health professionals specialize in suicide prevention and postvention, trauma response, crisis intervention, grief counseling, resilience, and trauma-informed care. We have:
- Extensive clinical experience with trauma, suicide loss , and suicide assessment and prevention
- Trained thousands of mental health professionals and others regionally and nationally on topics of suicide prevention and understanding and responding to psychological trauma
- Presented our work at national and international conferences such as the American Association of Suicidology Annual Conferences and the International Association for Suicide Prevention’s Annual Congress
Creators and key presenters of this training:
Larry Berkowitz, EdD, Director of Riverside Trauma Center
Larry has over 25 years of clinical experience and program management and a doctoral degree in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from Harvard University. He is licensed Psychologist in Massachusetts with an appointment as a Teaching Associate in Psychology, Part Time, at Harvard Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry.
Joanna Bridger, LICSW, Clinical Services Director of Riverside Trauma Center
Joanna has over 20 years of trauma-related work experience and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. She is an independently licensed social worker in Massachusetts.
Jim McCauley, LICSW, Associate Director of Riverside Trauma Center
Jim has over 25 years of clinical experience and program management and his Master of Social Work from Boston University. He is an independently licensed social worker in Massachusetts and a Senior Lecturer in the Sociology Department at Suffolk University.
References for Riverside Trauma Center:
Deborah A. Helms, Director, Samaritans of Merrimack Valley
Stephen Murphy, Director of Business Development, The Bridge Training Institute
Lynn Sanford, LISCW, author of “Strong at the Broken Places” and widely recognized expert in the treatment of psychological trauma
*Publications supporting outcomes of this training:
R. Mirick, J. McCauley, J. Bridger, and L. Berkowitz, (5/9/2015). “Continuing Education on Suicide Assessment and Crisis Intervention: What Can We Learn about the Needs of Mental Health Professionals in Community Practice?” Community Mental Health Journal. doi: 10.1007/s10597-015-9884-2. Abstract available online: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25956584
R. Mirick, J. McCauley, J. Bridger, and L. Berkowitz, (2016). “Continuing Education on Suicide Assessment and Crisis Intervention for Social Workers and Other Mental Health Professionals: A Follow-Up Study” Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 36(4), 363-379.
Mirick, R.G., Berkowitz, L., McCauley, J., and Bridger, J. (2020) Changes in Practice Following a Training on Suicide, Assessment and Intervention: Training Participants’ Perspectives. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 40(1), 31-47.