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Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR) Training

AMSR Training

Core Competencies for Mental Health Professionals

All Trainings at the Hope Network Education Center
775 36th Street, Grand Rapids*

Time for All Trainings: 9AM-5PM
There will be a one hour lunch break. You may bring your own lunch or go out to eat.

*Our AMSR certified trainers are also available to train on-site at various agencies, universities, etc. If this is an option you are interested in please contact amsr@hopenetwork.org

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 Hope Network and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center

*No walk-ins will be accepted.

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 the 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.


Workshop Overview:

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

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. 6.5 continuing education credits are available for Continuing Medical Education Credits (CME). 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.

Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk Includes:

• 6.5 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 sections
• Post-workshop access to additional resources on a web page exclusively for AMSR participants and trainers


Everyone involved in the planning and delivery of this workshop is required to disclose any relevant financial interest or other relationship with any of the following: commercial supporters of the activity; manufacturers of commercial products discussed in this workshop; and/or providers of commercial services discussed in this workshop. The faculty and planners of this activity have nothing to disclose.

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


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