This NEWLY RELEASED course (December 2023) is a two-day interactive workshop focusing on death review processes, including conducting mortality reviews and death investigations/inquiries with an emphasis on those involving a suicide death of an individual within health and behavioral healthcare systems. The course is designed to meet the needs of professionals who may conduct death investigations in their place of employment, including Counselors, Psychologists, Physicians, Medical Examiners, Forensic Psychologists, Coroners, Law Enforcement, and First Responders.  

About Suicide Death Investigation Course © 

The Suicide Death Investigation Course is two-day immersive workshop centered on the review procedures related to mortality assessments and inquiries, with a particular focus on cases involving suicides within healthcare and behavioral healthcare systems. The course aims to provide participants with an understanding of how deaths are classified, to acquire the skills and knowledge to conduct mortality reviews, death investigations or inquiries, to foster critical thinking abilities when determining cause and manner of death and enable them to comprehend the circumstances surrounding a death for drawing conclusions regarding suicide. 

This course is the first of four within the Suicide Death Investigation Exam and Certification© Series and the prerequisite for subsequent courses in the series. In accordance with the curriculum structure, courses must be completed sequentially, commencing with the 100-level course, followed by the 200-level course, and then the 300-level course. The certification exam serves as the culminating component of the program, marking the final step in assessing and validating the comprehensive knowledge and skills acquired throughout the course series. 

  • 101 Suicide Death Investigation Course© 
  • 201 Suicide Death Investigation Interviewing © 
  • 202 Suicide Death Investigation Report Writing © 
  • 301 Suicide Death Investigation Psychological Autopsy© 
  • Suicide Death Investigation Course Exam and Certification© 

Learning Objectives

  1. Understanding death can assist health and behavioral healthcare systems in mitigating risk and improving prevention efforts within the context of their formal quality improvement processes. 
  1. Define key concepts related to death and its clinical aspects, while also recognizing the significance of comprehending the contextual factors and conditions surrounding an individual’s death within the context of health and behavioral healthcare systems. 
  1. Understand how deaths are classified including definitions for expected, unexpected, accidental, medical, suicide, mistreatment or maltreatment, homicide, and suspicious death. 
  1. The objective in this module is to understand the incident management model that is typically used in health and behavioral healthcare systems. 
  1. Understand the evidence-informed processes in conducting administrative investigations 
  1. Understand how to construct the investigatory question 
  1. Understand suicide, focusing on those at risk and other factors, and apply investigative processes when investigating if a death was related to suicide 
  1. Review an example of a Suicide Death Investigation and analyze the investigation procedures/processes in the determination of the manner of death 

Enrollment Instructions 

To individually enroll in this course, visit the American Association of Suicidology Events Calendar.

To book a private organizational training, complete this request.  

If you would like to register a group of individuals, complete a group request form

AAS Cancellation and Refund Policy

If a participant requires an accommodation, they may submit this to 

Enrollment Fees 

  • AAS Members: $529 
  • Non-Members: $629 
  • AAS Members seeking APA CEs: $559 
  • Non-Members seeking APA CEs: $659 

Continuing Education  

Participants must complete the entire live training to receive a certificate of attendance; AAS does not give partial completion credit. Virtual participants must have their camera on during course instruction, and each must use their own device.

CE credits may be earned for successful completion of the training component of the certification. Participants can earn 12 credits.   

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APA: The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. AAS maintains responsibility for the program and its content. 

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