The Recognizing and Responding to Suicide Risk for Correctional Facility Clinicians is a skills-based interactive training workshop that includes:

  • Six online, self-paced lessons and qualifying quiz
  • A two-day face-to-face workshop with a master trainer
  • Unlimited online post-training workshop mentoring and further CE offerings

Two full days of face-to-face training provides time to gain knowledge and practice skills, using multiple corrections-based case exercises, of importance to everyday clinical practice.

The curriculum is based on a set of 24 core competencies derived from empirical evidence and best practices based on the perspectives and knowledge of a task force comprised of the world’s leading clinical and research experts.

These competencies form 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, and discussion and journaling throughout the course. AMSR is suitable for classes of any size. Using a two-day format with smaller class size, RRSR augments the core AMSR content with skill rehearsal and case application exercises.*

The RRSR-C training is targeted at clinicians working in jail or prison settings and is designed to increase your Competence and Confidence. The RRSR-C training includes content and skills-training specifically designed for correctional mental health professionals. Discussions include working with manipulative individuals and malingered symptoms.

Professional training programs rarely systematically teach how to adequately recognize when a client is at risk for suicide; nor do they teach standard of care interventions tied to clinician’s formulation of a client’s risk. Moreover, few clinicians are up to date with the latest research literature on suicide risk assessment and treatment models.

We offer the results of more than 40 years’ expertise in translating research into clinical practice in the RRSR.

Dr. Canning received his PhD in Clinical Psychology in 1993 from Palo Alto University. He also completed an NIMH fellowship in psychiatric epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh. From 2001 through 2005 he worked for the California Department of Corrections as a clinician. In 2005 he became the suicide prevention coordinator for the department, a position he held for ten years. In this capacity he designed and delivered trainings to hundreds of correctional clinicians, coordinated suicide prevention efforts for 130,000 prison inmates, and helped to develop and implement suicide prevention policies and procedures for the state’s prison system. He retired from the department at the end of 2018 and now works as an expert witness and consultant on jail and prison suicide prevention. He has delivered the RRSR and RRSR-C trainings to hundreds of clinicians and enjoys the interaction with mental health professionals from around the country.

*Communities or organizations may sponsor the RRSR and AMSR together or separately, depending on their training goals and available time and resources. AMSR is offered through the SPRC Training Institute. To learn more about the AMSR, call 1-877-438-7772 or go to www.sprc.org/featured_resources/trainingandevents/index.asp.