Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR)

Core Competencies for Behavioral Health Professionals

AMSR is a one-day training workshop for behavioral health professionals. The 6.5-hour training program is based on the latest research and designed to help participants provide safer suicide care.  

See our Training and Events page for upcoming AMSR workshops.

About the Workshop

Health care providers face many challenges when working with patients and clients at risk for suicide. For example, calm and compassion are needed the most and the hardest to maintain when working with someone at risk for suicide. Some patients may not disclose thoughts of suicide, and even when they do, the health care provider must make judgment calls about unpredictable outcomes, often with insufficient or contradictory information.

AMSR presents five of the most common dilemmas faced by providers and the best practices for addressing them. Teaching and skill-building methods include: 

  • Video demonstrations 

  • Group discussion 

  • Paired practice 

  • Documentation practice 

  • Reflection 

  • Expert teaching 

Audience 

AMSR is designed for health care providers who have a master's or doctoral degree in a behavioral health field, including:  

  • Social workers 

  • Professional counselors 

  • Marriage and family therapists 

  • Psychologists 

  • Psychiatrists 

  • Psychiatric nurses 


Comments from Workshop Participants

I was not expecting to change my attitude but I did—I was challenged to think outside the box.  

Karen, marriage and family therapist 

This was an excellent presentation that truly helps introduce assessing suicidal thoughts, attempts and failed attempts. There were new concepts that I have not been introduced to until this training. The education model was simplified, interactive and inclusive.  

Melissa, counselor 

Now that I know how to assess risk [rather than predicting whether a client will attempt suicide] I can now focus on what can be done in addressing the risks—and going to the next steps of planning response. It combines an empathic approach with clinical best practice.  

Robert, social worker 

This was one of the best workshops that I have attended. The material was very clear and relevant to clinicians in a variety of settings. 

Miranda, social worker 


Continuing Education Credits  

6.5 continuing education credits are available from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), American Psychological Association (APA), and Continuing Medical Education Credits (CME). Credits from NASW and NBCC are accepted by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Credits are also available for Kentucky marriage and family therapists (MFTs). 

Sponsor a Workshop

AMSR staff can help your organization plan a workshop or series of workshops in your area. For more information, please contact amsr@edc.org.