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Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR)

AMSR Training teaches clinicians and other healthcare professionals who conduct suicide risk assessments how to determine the level of suicide risk for an individual. A risk formulation is developed for each individual, taking into consideration their current circumstances. AMSR Training then provides a structure for the clinical provider which can be used in the development of a collaborative treatment and safety plan. AMSR Training includes the latest research-informed suicide risk assessment and risk formulation to be used in a variety of care settings. A training manual will be sent to you before the training session. This training is made possible through the The Fred Steffen Fund for Professional Development.

Tony Watkins, MA MFT the executive director of clinical education and counseling services for Campbellsville University. He is a Master Trainer for Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR), Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and Mental Health First Aid (adult and youth). Tony has provided training to thousands of mental health professionals and non-professionals to identify and support individuals at risk of suicide. Tony provides continuing education training on a wide variety of mental health treatment topics to mental health professionals across the country.

This session costs $135. JCFS staff to register through the LMS. Non-JCFS staff Register Here. 
6.5 CEUS for social workers, psychologists and counselors.

Learning Objectives:

  1. I understand how to learn how to manage reactions related to suicide and maintain a collaborative, non-adversarial stance.
  2. My understanding of the definitions and language used when talking about suicide, and the data that are relevant to addressing suicide including risk and protective factors, warning signs, and precipitating factors has increased.
  3. I am able to identify key points in treatment when a suicide assessment should occur, the type of information to gather to inform the assessment, and ways to build trust and thus elicit key information about the client’s risk of suicide.
  4. I have an improved ability to select an evidence-based suicide prevention intervention based on a formulation of the client’s suicide risk.
Sarah Piggott

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