Suicide Risk Assessment

Assess risk for suicide and look for warning signs


Suicidal thoughts and behaviors can be experienced by anyone, and more likely by people with mental health concerns. Behavioral health workers will likely encounter people talking about suicide and suicidal ideation. It is important the helper project confidence and calmness at these times. By exploring and practicing assessment protocols and conversation dynamics, the helper’s comfort and skill levels can increase with this very difficult and emotional topic.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify common signs of suicidal thoughts in adults, adolescents, and children in a video clip

  • Approach a conversation about suicide in a calm, focused manner without becoming too upset or triggered by the topic to be helpful to the other person

  • Discuss the 4-point protocol questions to assess risk when signs of suicidal thoughts have been identified

  • Cite the mental health disorders most likely to be associated with high suicide risk

  • Explain how Suicide Risk Assessment tools work and when mental health professionals use them

Board Accreditation

As these courses are conducted via our live, interactive platform, the following boards approve these the same as in person classes:

MN Board of Social Work
     2.0 CEUs   (CEP-275)                                                                                  

MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy
     LADC: 2.0 CEUs (2020.CE.ADC.052)
     LPC/LPCC: 2.0 CEUs (2020.CE.087)

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