Clinical Training

zero suicideUtah Suicide Prevention Coalition invites you to participate in the evidence based Zero Suicide model.  Zero Suicide, developed by the national Suicide Prevention Resource Center, provides practical tools and strategies to help providers deliver the best care possible to patients at risk of suicide.  The quality improvement framework of Zero Suicide goes beyond training to reform entire systems of care and organizational culture.  If you would like to learn more you can visit or email  to participate in the Utah Zero Suicide Learning Collaborative.

There are many research informed clinical suicide prevention trainings available, and this list of resources is intended to be a sample of training opportunities that are among the most accessible and/or evidence based.

Free Clinical Suicide Prevention Training

Other Clinical Suicide Prevention Trainings

Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicide Risk (CAMS)

Outpatient care is the explicit goal of the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS), which is designed to strengthen the therapeutic alliance and increase patient motivation. CAMS is best understood as a therapeutic framework that emphasizes a collaborative assessment and treatment planning process between the patient at risk of suicide and the clinician.

CAMS is supported by six published correlational studies and one randomized feasibility study (Comtois et al., 2011).

Four Hours for the Online Version, or Intensive 9.5 Hour On Site Training with Ongoing Case Consultation

$135.00/ clinician for the online version

Crisis Response Planning

This full-day workshop is designed to enhance professionals’ knowledge about crisis response planning for managing acute suicide risk, and to increase their ability to confidently and competently administer this intervention with at-risk individuals.  The second half of the workshop includes clinical demonstrations by the instructor and skills practice by attendees, which are designed for clinicians to acquire skill competency.

Eight Hours


.  DSAMH offers this training in Utah once or twice per year.

Survivors of Suicide Attempt Support Group Facilitation Training

SOSA (Survivors of Suicide Attempt) Support Group Facilitation Training:  Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services has created a 2-day training designed to prepare those interested in developing and facilitating the

Survivors of Suicide Attempts Support Group.  Training participants will learn techniques for assessing and managing risk and will gain a thorough understanding of the structure and content of the group as described in The Manual for Support Groups for Suicide Attempt Survivors.

Two days in person

(310) 895-2347

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Intensive clinical training with ongoing case consultation.

DBT has four components, although these may be adjusted in practice to suit specific circumstances:

A skills training group meeting once a week for 24 weeks

Individual treatment once a week, running concurrently with the skills group

Phone coaching, upon request by the client

Consultation team meetings—a kind of “therapy for the therapists”

Numerous research studies, including several randomized control trials, have shown DBT to be effective in reducing suicidal behavior, psychiatric hospitalization, and other behavioral health issues (Linehan et al., 2006).

40 hours of didactic training, plus clinical experience and certification process

Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk

Based on recommendations from a task force of clinician-researchers convened in 2004 by the SPRC and the AAS. The workshop is organized by a sequential presentation of 24 core competencies, with a special focus on 8.  The program teaches clinicians to estimate acute and chronic risk by gathering and synthesizing information related to suicidality (past and present), mental disorders, mental status, and other factors known to correlate with suicide risk. The program also focuses on cultural competency in working with individuals at risk for suicide. Program revamped in 2014 to focus on enhanced risk formulation (see Pisani et al., 2015)

7 hrs

Participant training fee is $115; Trainer fees vary but range from $1000 to $2500 per event. Train the Trainers is $750 per person plus master trainer time and travel

Recognizing and Responding to Suicide Risk

An advanced two-day interactive training for mental health clinicians who want to acquire competency-based skills for working with clients at risk for suicide." Directly based on the set of 24 core clinical competencies that the SPRC and AAS developed. "These competencies comprehensively define the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to effectively assess, manage, and treat individuals at risk for suicide. The goal of the training is for clinicians to become more confident, competent, and prepared to meet the needs of distressed clients and their families (

Two Days

$1,500 per event (max 50 + participant fee ($80 per person) + shipping + trainer's fee ($3,500) + trainer's travel and lodging + 23% indirect fee.  Train the trainer also available.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Suicide Prevention

This intervention, known as CBT-SP, is theoretically grounded in principles of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT); dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT); and targeted therapies for suicidal, depressed adolescents and adults.

CBT-SP can be used with adults and adolescents and includes (Stanley et al., 2009):

Cognitive restructuring strategies, such as identifying and evaluating automatic thoughts from cognitive therapy

Emotion regulation strategies, such as action urges and choices, emotions thermometer, index cue cards, mindfulness, opposite action, and distress tolerance skills from DBT

Other CBT strategies, such as behavioral activation and problem-solving strategies.

Because adolescents’ suicidal crises occur within an environment that may include problematic relationships, abuse, family dysfunction, or poor school performance, CBT-SP includes family interventions if needed.

Two Full Days In Person


.   DSAMH offers this training in Utah once or twice per year