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AMSR - Assessing & Managing Suicide Risk

AMSR - Assessing & Managing Suicide Risk


AMSR - 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 that was passed in 2012 and 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.  

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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

"Our clinical director and I agree that the AMSR training was excellent and it has informed our practice on a day-to-day basis. Our hope is to be able to have every new staff member who ever joins us obtain the training." - Ellen B. Taylor, PhD, Assistant Vice President for Student Life; Director, Counseling Center, University of Washington (Seattle)

 “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 

Agencies/Institutions that have contracted with Forefront to train staff in AMSR:

  • Asian Counseling & Referral Services
  • CHI Franciscan Health System
  • City of Seattle
  • Compass Health
  • Evergreen Treatment Services
  • Fairfax Hospital
  • Harborview Community Mental Health Center
  • Harborview Sexual Assault Center
  • Hope Sparks
  • Kalispell Tribe
  • Lourdes Counseling Center
  • NASW-Washington
  • Navos Mental Health Solutions
  • Northwest Addiction Technology Transfer/OHSU
  • Pend Oreille County Mental Health
  • Seattle Central College
  • Seattle Counseling Center for Sexual Minorities
  • Spokane RSN
  • Swedish Hospital
  • Tri-Cities Community Health
  • University of Washington
  • Veterans Training Support Center
  • Washington Chapter, National Kidney Foundation of Nephrology Social Workers
  • Washington Community Mental Health Council
  • Western Washington University