AMSR – Tulsa Training

Assessing & Managing Suicide Risk

WHEN: April 22, 2014 8 AM – 5 PM
WHERE: Tulsa Tech Health Sciences Center – HSC Auditorium Room 3117, Lemley Campus  | 3350 S. Memorial  |  Tulsa, OK


Suicidal behavior is a major cause of death and disability in the United States. Over 30,000 people die by suicide each year, the equivalent of one major airliner filled with passengers crashing every two days. Hundreds of thousands of people are treated in hospital emergency departments each year following a suicide attempt. A significant proportion of people who die by suicide have had recent contact with a mental health professional. However, many providers are inadequately trained to assess, treat, and manage suicidal patients or clients. Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk was designed to address that training gap. It teaches essential core competencies that meet the needs of an entire spectrum of mental health professionals, including psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed counselors, social workers, and employee assistance professionals.

Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk includes:

  • 6 ½ hours of training, comprised of an engaging mix of lecture and exercises
  • A 110-page participant manual, including an extensive bibliography and other valuable resources
  • A video presentation in eight segments, highlighting the competencies taught
  • Journaling throughout the day
  • Ample time for discussion



Clinicians will gain knowledge in the following core competencies:

  • Managing one’s own reactions to suicide
  • Reconciling the difference and potential conflict between a clinician’s goal to prevent suicide and a client’s goal to eliminate psychological pain through suicide
  • Maintaining a collaborative, non-adversarial stance
  • Eliciting suicide ideation, behavior, and plans
  • Making a clinical judgment of the risk that a client will attempt or complete suicide
  • Collaboratively developing an emergency plan
  • Developing a written treatment and services plan that addresses a client’s immediate, acute, and continuing suicide ideation and risk for suicide
  • Developing policies and procedures for following clients closely
  • Implementing the principles of crisis management



The DMHSAS Institute for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Education and Training has approved six hours (6.00) credit hours through the Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers, the Licensed Marital and Family Therapist committee, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors, the Licensed Professional Counselors committee, and Oklahoma State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. Participant evaluation forms must be submitted in order to receive continuing education credit and a certificate of attendance. There is a $5.00 charge to reissue a certificate.

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. SPRC maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Participants may receive 6.5 hours of APA CE credit.

This program has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). The Suicide Prevention Resource Center is authorized to award 6.5 NBCC clock hours and 6.5 NASW CE contact hours.

No partial credit will be given for partial attendance.


Maureen Underwood, LCSW, CGP is a licensed clinical social worker and certified group psychotherapist with over 30 years of experience in mental health and crisis intervention. With a practice specialty in suicide, grief, trauma, and crisis resolution for children and families, she has developed numerous programs and published extensively on these and other related topics. From 1985 to 2000, she was the coordinator of the New Jersey Adolescent Suicide Prevention Project. In this role, she initiated collaborative relationships between mental health and educational systems statewide, providing in-service training, consultation on policy development, and assistance in the implementation of procedures for school-based crisis management. She has been providing clinical training in suicide assessment for emergency room mental health screeners for the past seven years and has coauthored a book chapter on the assessment of suicide risk in out-patient settings and the LIFELINES School-Based Youth Suicide Response Program. She is also the author of the National Association of Social Work’s policy statement on adolescent suicide and serves on the New Jersey Governor’s Council on Youth Suicide Prevention.


8:00 – 8:30am  Registration
8:30 – 9:00am9:00 – 10:30am Overview and Opening Video and Exercise
Attitudes and Approaches
10:30 – 10:45am Break
10:45 – 11:05am
11:05 – 12:15pm
Understanding Suicide
Collecting Accurate Assessment Information
12:15 – 1:15pm Lunch will be provided
1:15 – 2:15pm
2:15 – 3:30pm
Formulation of Risk
Treatment & Services Planning
3:30 – 3:45pm
3:45 – 4:15pm
4:15 – 4:45pm
Management of Care Documentation and Legal and Regulatory Issues
4:45 – 5:00pm Summary and Evaluation 


Mental Health Association in Tulsa
ODMHSAS Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative
Oklahoma Institute for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Education and Training
Shadow Mountain Behavioral Health System
American Association of Suicidology
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center


This training is being provided to you free of charge by our sponsors Mental Health Association in Tulsa and ODMHSAS Youth Suicide Prevention provided you:

  1. Agree to participate in the referral network for youth identified as being at risk of suicide by sharing non-identifiable aggregate data with ODMHSAS regarding the number of suicidal clients you serve quarterly.
  2. Agree to share your contact information and place of practice as a referral source.
  3. Agree to answer a very short quarterly survey regarding your implementation of skills learned in suicide prevention trainings.

Due to a pre-workshop reading assignment advance registration is required.
Deadline to register is April 17, 2014

Special Accommodations – Sign interpreters and/or other special accommodations required by disabled participants will be available upon advance request (please allow one week notice). Please indicate on the registration form the type of special accommodations you require. To discuss requests, contact Elizabeth Edwards at the Mental Health Association in Tulsa at 918-382-2409, or