Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk: Core Competencies for Mental Health Professionals (AMSR)

Date: 2008
(For resources, this is the publication date. For programs, this is the date posted.)


Type:  Program/Practice, Education/Training Program
Organization:  SPRC Training Institute


Participant training fee is $135. This fee covers SPRC Training Institute operating costs, printing and shipping of the participant training manuals, ongoing improvement and update of the curriculum, access to the online registration system that simplifies the registration process for sponsors, optional CE credits (APA, NASW, and NBCC), as well as surveying participant satisfaction, analyzing the surveys, and disseminating certificates of workshop completion.  

  • Trainer fee: Trainer fees vary but range from $1000 to $2500 per event.
  • Trainer travel costs: The sponsor is responsible for covering all of a trainer’s travel costs, including lodging, transportation, and per diem.
  • AMA CME credits (optional). 


Lisia Morales
AMSR Operations Manager
SPRC Training Institute
Suicide Prevention Resource Center
43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, MA 02453
Voice: 617-618-2888
Fax: 617-527-4096
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Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk: Core Competencies for Mental Health Professionals (AMSR) is a one-day workshop for mental health professionals that will help them better assess suicide risk, plan treatment, and manage the ongoing care of clients at-risk for suicide. Outpatient behavioral health providers play a crucial role in preventing suicides. Studies have shown that a substantial proportion of people who died by suicide had either been in treatment or had some recent contact with a  mental health professional. Yet many providers report that they feel inadequately trained to assess, treat, and manage suicidal patients or clients. AMSR  meets providers’ need for research-informed, skills-based training.

AMSR is appropriate for all mental health professionals including:

  • Social workers
  • Licensed counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists

6.5 continuing education credits are available from NASW, NBCC, APA and Continuing Medical Education Credits (CME).

Evaluations of AMSR have shown statistically significant gains in participant knowledge as evidenced by pre- and post-training assessment scores. Participants reported experiencing increased confidence and competence in assessing and managing suicidal patients

Program Objectives

After training, participants will have:

  1. Increased knowledge in the following core competencies: maintaining an effective attitude and approach, collecting accurate assessment information, formulating risk, developing a treatment and services plan, and managing care.
  2. Increased willingness, confidence, and clarity in working with individuals at risk for suicide.
  3. Increased ability to identify how they can better care for individuals at risk for suicide.

Implementation Essentials

  • Training by an authorized AMSR trainer.

2012 NSSP Objectives Addressed: 

Objective 7.2: Provide training to mental health and substance abuse providers on the recognition, assessment, and management of at-risk behavior, and the delivery of effective clinical care for people with suicide risk.
Objective 9.1: Adopt, disseminate, and implement guidelines for the assessment of suicide risk among persons receiving care in all settings.
Settings:  Behavioral Health Care, Outpatient Mental Health
Strategies:  Identify and Assist, Effective Care/Treatment, Care Transitions/Linkages