AMSR Training: University of Missouri – St. Louis



Core Competencies for Behavioral Health Professionals  



WHEN:       Monday, November 13, 2017


WHERE:    Technology & Learning Center – UMSL

                        Marillac Hall

                        1 University Blvd

                        St. Louis, MO  63121


TIME:          9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


COST:          Students – $25.00

                     Professionals – $75.00


REGISTRATION:  CLICK HERE: Online Registration Form




The workshop focuses on competencies that are core to assessing and managing suicide risk and is a collaboration of the American Association of Suicidology and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center.  Participants will earn 6.5 hours of face-to-face training, comprised of an engaging mixture of lecture and exercises.  Attendees will be provided a copy of the Participant Manual, which includes an extensive bibliography for each section in the workshop, the curriculum content itself, workshop exercises, and space for note-taking and journaling.  The course recognizes that complex ethical issues must be considered when providing care to suicidal clients and weaves threads of these discussions throughout the curriculum.  Additionally, the course introduces the principles of The Chronological Assessment of Suicide Events (CASE), an innovative method for eliciting suicidal ideation.  The result is an engaging mixture of lecture, video demonstrations, and exercises that leave clinicians more knowledgeable and confident when faced with suicidal clients.  Participants rate this workshop very highly and, in overwhelming portions, said they would recommend it to their peers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Become familiar with core competencies that enable mental health therapists to assess and work more effectively with individuals at risk for suicide
  • Define terms related to suicidality
  • Become familiar with suicide-related statistics
  • Identify major risk and protective factors
  • Understand the phenomenology of suicide

By the end of the course, you will:

  • Increase your knowledge in the following core competencies:
    • Manage one’s own reactions to suicide
    • Reconcile the difference (and potential conflict) between a clinician’s goal to prevent suicide and a client’s goal to eliminate psychological pain via suicidal behavior
    • Maintain a collaborative, non-adversarial stance
    • Elicit suicide ideation, behavior, and plans
    • Make a clinical judgment of the risk that a client will attempt or complete suicide in the short and long term
    • Collaboratively develop an emergency plan


CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS:  The following continuing education credits (6.5) will be made available by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center at no additional charge:


 NASW CE Credits

This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers for 6.5 continuing education contact hours.


NBCC CE Credits

This program has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) for 6.5 continuing education hours.


APA CE Credits 

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists and maintains responsibility for this program and its content (6.5 CE Credits).


PLEASE NOTE:  Credits through the AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (AMA) If you are interested in AMA credits, please notify the Missouri Mental Health Foundation immediately at so necessary arrangements can be made. An application must be completed PRIOR to the training.


Credit for partial attendance will NOT be awarded.  Individuals must attend the entire training to receive continuing education credits.


Note: The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) will issue a Certificate of Completion for CE credits upon completion of the on-line evaluation survey.  The survey link will be provided to you during the training session.  The survey is open for 2 weeks from the date of the training. Certificates will be sent out electronically within thirty days of the workshop. 


Sponsored by the Missouri Mental Health Foundation (MMHF), University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL) and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center.