It is imperative that every clinician be able to accurately identify chronic and acute risk factors for suicide, reasonably formulate the level of risk, and work with confidence to create and implement an effective treatment plan.

Professional training programs rarely teach the skills necessary to adequately recognize and treat clients at risk for suicide. Few clinicians have time to keep up with the latest literature on indicators for suicide risk and effective management of care.

We offer you results of more than 40 years’ expertise in translating research into clinical practice in this state-of-the-art, state-of-the-science training program.

Recognizing and Responding to Suicide Risk: Essential Skills for Clinicians (RRSR) is an advanced, interactive training based on established core competencies that mental health professionals need in order to effectively assess and manage suicide risk.

The training is now offered virtually!

The program includes:

  • a web-based assessment;
  • a virtual workshop;
  • a competency-based curriculum, *derived from empirical evidence and best-practices;
  • updated participant manuals with resource materials;
  • continuing education credits;
  • hand-picked trainers.
  • The goal is for the clinicians to be:

Confident – The training provides time to gain the knowledge and practice the skills, using multiple case application exercises.

Competent – The curriculum is based on 24 core competencies derived from empirical evidence and best practices based on perspectives of clinical and research experts.

Prepared – Professionals need ways to assimilate and practice what they have learned in order to transfer that knowledge to their own work. RRSR’s multimodal learning plan uses self-paced, online interaction, virtual instruction, and group and dyadic exercises.

Continuing Education Credits
Core Competencies
Detailed Curriculum
Training Fees

*These competencies from the basis of Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR), a one-day training developed by AAS for the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), AMSR focuses on knowledge and attitudes, using skill demonstrations, discussions, and journaling through the course. AMSR is suitable for classes of any size. Using a smaller class size, RRSR augments the core AMSR content with skill rehearsal and case application exercises. Communities or organizations may sponsor the RRSR and AMSR together or separately, depending on their training goals and curriculum, which is the intellectual property of the Education Development Center, Inc. To learn more about the AMSR, call 1-877-438-7772 or go to