AMSR Training

Assessing & Managing Suicide Risk is a one-day workshop that is based on 24 core competencies and five clinical dilemmas. The workshop is facilitated by a skilled clinician and incorporates a variety of learning techniques, including group discussion, expert teaching, video and paired role play practice.

The training is designed for behavioral health professionals who are working with persons at risk of suicide. AMSR meets the legislative mandate of ESHB 2366 (passed in 2012), which requires that licensed professionals receive 6 hours of training in the assessment, management and treatment of suicide risk every six years.

The workshop emphasizes a collaborative approach to suicide risk which involves accepting the client’s suffering while simultaneously conveying a commitment of healing and hope. AMSR teaches clinicians to anchor suicide risk contextually, distinguishing between a person’s risk compared to others and also compared to his/her own history. Workshop participants practice synthesizing that information into clinical formulations of risk that directly lead to plans and responses.

“Our clinical director and I agree that the AMSR training was excellent and it has informed our practice on a day-to-day basis.” – Ellen B. Taylor, PhD, Assistant Vice President for Student Life, University of Washington

Skills

By the end of the 6-hour workshop, AMSR participants will increase their knowledge and skills in:

Eliciting suicide ideation, behavior, plans and intent;
Making a clinical judgment of the short and long term risks for suicide; and
Developing a treatment and services plan that addresses the client’s immediate, acute and continuing risk for suicidal behavior.
Participant Feedback

Of nearly 2,000 participants surveyed:

92% were satisfied with the training, overall,
94% reported being satisfied with the expertise of the trainer
90% would recommend this training

“This is the best training I have been to on this topic. Thank you!” -Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice

“One of the best trainings I have attended!” -Social worker, outpatient cancer clinic

“Training was great. I will be implementing info presented such as updating risk assessment forms and policy” – Behavioral health professional working within Spokane Regional Support Network

AMSR Prices

AMSR FAQs

Forefront offers AMSR training, which meet the legislative mandate for ESHB 2366.  A full list of approved training programs that meet the legislative intent of the Matt Adler Act can be found at the Washington State Department of Health website.
AMSR met all three of the criteria we use in selecting a training program:

− Training program needs to be listed on the Best Practice Registry;

− Training program needs to include interactive exercises and role-play practice as learning opportunities to meet various learning styles; and

− If delivered in person, class size needs to be under 100 participants.

The following professionals are required to have six (6) hours of training in suicide assessment, management, and treatment:

- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

- Mental Health Counselor

- Psychologist

- Advanced Social Worker

- Independent Clinical Social Worker

We use the “6:6” rule: Every six years, you are required to receive six (6) hours of training in suicide assessment, management and treatment in order to renew your license.
No, the ESHB 2366 legislation requires that the training be offered by one provider.
Yes. Forefront has secured CEUs from the National Association of Social Workers - Washington Chapter and the Washington State Psychological Association. Each participant who attends the full training will receive a certificate with the number of units earned. 
AMSR participants receive a 40+ page manual. 
Each AMSR trainer has attended a Training of Trainers.
To register, please click on the date you would like to attend; follow the registration instructions. If you have questions, please contact Forefront at 206.543.1016 or ffront@uw.edu.
If you need to cancel, or transfer your registration into an equivalent training, and/or postpone a scheduled training date, you may do up to ten (10) business days prior to the scheduled training with a service fee of $10. 

Cancelling or postponing any time after will be assessed 100% of the total cost of the scheduled training – or can be used towards the cost of a future training sponsored by Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention.  Please contact us at 206-543-1016 or ffront@uw.edu if you need to cancel or reschedule your training.