The Comprehensive Suicide Risk Assessment course provides guidance and a framework for mental health providers to conduct a comprehensive assessment of suicidal risk that informs triage decisions and recommendations for effective prevention and intervention. The course is offered virtually (duration 1.5 hours), and consists of didactics, demonstrations, summary of case profiles, and Q&A. The training reviews: types of risk factors, including longstanding chronic distal risk factors and more imminent, proximal risk factors and warning signs; categories of risk factors to assess (including those that provide context beyond just suicide-specific characteristics); and protective factors. The course describes a framework for weighing risk and protective factors, with the use of demonstrations to illustrate how to conduct the risk assessment interview to obtain information about and prioritize distal and proximal risk factors, warning signs, and protective factors. Instruction also includes how to develop a risk/protective factor profile and utilize this profile to assign a level of risk to determine the most appropriate level of care, aid in documentation, and make tailored triage and treatment decisions.
Describe what a comprehensive suicide risk assessment is and how to conduct a comprehensive suicide risk assessment interview
Identify the 7 categories of risk factors and protective factors for suicide
Distinguish between distal, proximal risk factors and warning signs for suicide
Develop a suicide risk profile and use this profile to determine appropriate suicide prevention interventions
CSSW OPE is pleased to partner with The Suicide Prevention-Training, Implementation and Evaluation Program (SP-TIE) at the Center for Practice Innovations.