Suicide Risk Assessment and Intervention > Introduction

Suicide Risk Assessment and Intervention

Presented by
Lance J. Parks, LCSW


This program meets the requirements for the California Board of Behavioral Sciences for the required 6 hour course on Suicide Risk Prevention and Intervention
This program is accepted by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors.
This program is approved for 6 continuing education hours by:
The California Board of Registered Nursing # CEP 14462
Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners # 5547
The National Board for Certified Counselors # 6412
The Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling #50-14000
Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists # 628
The California Association for Alcohol and Drug Educators # CP40 725 H 0419
The California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals: CCAPP-IE Provider # 1N-16-256-0822


At the end of the course, the participant will be able to:

1)  Define the words commonly used and associated with suicide.
2)  Discuss the warning signs of Suicide and how to respond to such.
3)  Apply the GATE as a Four-Step Process for Identifying and Responding to Suicidality
4)  Identify the psychological characteristics associated with Suicide
5)  Explain the Risk Factors and Protective Factors of Suicide
6)  Assess and provide psychological services and therapies available for people that need help about suicide.
7)  Distinguish between typical myths and misconceptions versus knowledge and facts about Suicide.
8)  Recognize and integrate into treatment the proven trainings that are changing the impact of Suicide.
9)  summarize the different types of Suicidal Thought and Behaviors

Course Outline:

  • Introduction

  • Chapter 1: Warning Signs of Suicide

    • Warning Signs of Suicide

      • Do People Threaten Suicide to Get Attention?

      • If You Ask Someone About Suicide, Does It Put the Idea Into Their Head?

    • What Should I Do if I Am in Crisis or Someone I Know Is Considering Suicide?

      • What if someone is posting on Suicidal Messages on Social Media?

    • What Treatment Options and Therapies Are Available?

      • Talking to Your Doctor

  • Chapter 2. Types of Suicidal Thought and Behaviors

    • Definitions

    • Getting Ready to Address Suicidality

      • Thoughts To Consider.
      • 10 Points To Remember About Suicidality

    • Warning Signs for Suicide

    • Risk Factors and Protective Factors

      • Protective Factors
    • GATE: A Four-Step Process for Identifying and Responding to Suicidality

  • Chapter 3: Preventing Suicide: A Technical Package of Policy, Programs, and Practices.

    • Preventing Suicide is a Priority
    • Strengthen Economic Supports
    • Strengthen Access and Delivery of Suicide Care
    • Create Protective Environments
    • Promote Connectedness
    • Teach Coping and Problem-Solving Skills
    • Identify and Support People at Risk
    • Lessen Harms and Prevent Future Risk
    • Sector Involvement
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Conclusion

  • Chapter 4. Promoting Emotional Health and Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for Senior Centers

    • How can my senior center address suicide and other sensitive topics?
    • Do older adults want to talk about emotional health?
    • Will older adults be willing to seek help?
    • Contents of the Toolkit
    • Toolkit Sections, Steps, and Tools
    • Suicide among Older Adults. (CDC, 2013).
    • Three Key Strategies

      • Strategy 1: Promote Emotional Health
      • Strategy 2: Recognize and Respond to Suicide Risk
      • Strategy 3: Respond to a Suicide Attempt or Death
    • Tool 1: Suicide among Older Adults
    • Tool 2: Assessment Checklist
    • Tool 3: Connecting to Behavioral Health Resources in the Community
    • Tool 4: Activities to Promote Health and Wellness
    • Tool 5: Strategies for Establishing Social Networks
    • Tool 6: Recognizing and Responding to Depression
    • Tool 7: Recognizing and Responding to Medication and Alcohol Misuse
    • Tool 8: Community Support Meeting
    • Tool 9: Resources List

  • Chapter 5: National suicide prevention strategies: progress, examples and indicators.

    • Introduction

    • Developing, implementing and evaluating a comprehensive multisectoral national suicide prevention strategy

    • Barriers to implementing national suicide prevention strategies

    • Country examples

  • Chapter 6: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. A Journey Toward Help and Hope: Your Handbook for Recovery After a Suicide Attempt. HHS Publication No. SMA-15-4419. Rockville, MD: Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2015.
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