Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to...

  • 1. Identify effective suicide assessment methods and structured measures to use with clients

  • 2. Apply treatment strategies to reduce suicidal ideations

  • 3. Describe ethical responsibilities related to working with suicidal clients

  • 4. Discuss referral options and levels of care for clients with suicidal ideations

Course Outline

  • 1

    Introduction

    • Welcome Message from Dr. Brewer

    • Course Instruction Video

    • Course Description and Objectives

    • Presentation Handout

  • 2

    Resources

    • Course Resources

    • Psychiatry Practice Guideline: Suicide

    • Suicide Risk Assessment Summary Sheet

    • The Columbia Protocol for Your Setting

  • 3

    Course Video & Materials

    • Quick Note

    • Suicide Assessment, Treatment, and Management (Narrated Presentation)

    • Fact or Fable?

    • Fact or Fable Quiz (not graded!)

    • Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide

    • C-SSRS Risk Assessment

    • C-SSRS Screener (recent)

    • Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9)

    • Suicidal Behaviors Questionnaire-Revised (SBQ-R)

    • Behavioral Chain Analysis

    • Crisis Safety Card Handout

    • Safety Plan Template (Stanley & Brown, 2008)

    • Course References

  • 4

    Conclusion

    • Evaluation

    • Post-Test

Course Description

Suicide affects all ages, gender, race, religion, ethnicity, and socio-economic status. Clinicians should know the ethical responsibilities, liability, and consequences of a client's ideations, intent, attempt, or completion. Health care providers have an obligation to improve their ability to assess individuals for suicide risk and then know how to manage, treat, and/or refer for services.   


Facilitator:  Kathryn Brewer, PhD, LPC, LCPC

Dr. Brewer is a licensed professional counselor in Missouri and a licensed clinical professional counselor in Kansas.  She has earned a PhD in psychology, a Master's degree in professional mental health counseling, and a Master's certificate in healthcare leadership and management. Dr. Brewer is also a national certified counselor, certified clinical trauma professional, certified first responder counselor, board certified telemental health provider, licensure supervisor for professional counselors in Missouri, and a board approved clinical supervisor for professional counselors in Kansas.


Learning Level:  Basic to Intermediate


Target Audience:  This training is designed for professional counselors, school counselors, social workers, marital and family therapists, psychologists, addiction counselors, case managers, nurses, and other health care professionals.


Continuing Education:  To obtain the certificate of completion for the 2.5 hours associated with this program, the participant will need to complete the online training and earn a passing score of 75% on the post-test.


Each program offered designates the number of clock hours.  Be sure to check with your professional board as they will specify how many CE/CEU hours are equal to one clock hour (e.g., 1 CE = 50 minutes, 1 CE = 60 minutes). 

Institute for Psychological Advancement, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. ____. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Institute for Psychological Advancement, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.  This program is approved for 2.5 NBCC hours.

The content of this event may meet requirements for continuing education for most national, state, and local licensing boards and professional organizations.  Many boards and professional organizations will accept continuing education that is relevant to each profession (i.e., for professional counselors content must be primarily related to counseling, for psychologists content must be mostly psychological, and so on) and/or that has been approved by another professional association in the human services field.  Be sure to print the event description and submit with your certificate of attendance to your professional board for consideration.  For rules governing continuing education and to confirm whether this program qualifies for continuing education, participants should contact their respective regulatory boards.  Participants may also contact IPA and we will do our best to answer your questions.

Suicide Prevention Training Requirement - "HB 1719 was passed during the 2018 legislative session and signed into law. The bill included language that amended section 337.718.1 RSMo requiring certain health care professionals to complete at least two hours of continuing education in suicide assessment, referral, treatment, and management training, as a condition of initial licensure and subsequent to the renewal of the license. The provision goes into effective August 28, 2018." Missouri Division of Professional Registration


This law applies to professional counselors, bachelor's and master's level social workers, marital and family therapists, psychologists (initial licensure only), and other health care providers.  Contact your professional organization for details on your specific licensure.  

Licensed professional counselors and are reminded that the effective date of this law means current LPCs must obtain the required two (2) hours of continuing education prior to the expiration date of the license June 30, 2019 and each biennial licensure cycle thereafter. The renewal application will include a question concerning compliance with this provision of the law and licensees must maintain documentation of proof of compliance.

Licensed marital and family therapists are reminded that the effective date of this law means current MFTs must obtain the required two (2) hours of continuing education prior to the expiration date of the license February 20, 2020 and each biennial licensure cycle thereafter. The renewal application will include a question concerning compliance with this provision of the law and licensees must maintain documentation of proof of compliance.

Starting September 30, 2018, the State Committee for Social Workers will require evidence of this training to be included with the initial application for licensure and, beginning with the 2019 renewal period, necessary for license renewal.

Psychologists are required to submit evidence of this training for initial licensure in Missouri; it does not apply to renewal licensure.

Registration:  Registration for online programs is available on our website.  For manual registration or payment by check, please contact IPA.