Understanding, Identifying, and Treating Suicide Risk: A clinical primer for behavioral health providers


About this Event

A six-hour virtual training designed to strengthen clinicians’ competence and confidence in effectively working with suicide risk and suicide loss.


Curriculum prepared by

The Wellness Institute’s Clinical Advisory Board Members
Jill Harkavy-Friedman, PhD
Sigrid Pechenik, PsyD


Accreditation Statement: The American Association of Suicidology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. American Association of Suicidology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

CE Credit: 6.0

This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886455354-3887) for 6 continuing education contact hours.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the causes of suicide ideation, suicide attempts and death by suicide
  2. Explain the core principals of therapy with suicidal individuals.
  3. Explain the 5 questions in the ASQ Suicide Screening Tool and their purpose
  4. Describe a methodology of helping at-risk individuals create their own safety plan for times of crisis
  5. Explain how to conduct Dialectical Behavioral Therapy with suicidal individuals
  6. Explain the CAMS (Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality) framework as an approach for effectively assessing and treating suicidal risk
  7. Explain the theoretical foundation of Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT) and discuss the purpose of the five ABFT treatment tasks.
  8. Explain how to conduct Cognitive Therapy for Suicide Prevention (CT-SP) with suicidal individuals.
  9. Describe the unique stressors experienced by suicide loss survivors and explain how to conduct therapy with survivors experiencing pathological grief.