These training are provided free of charge to participants thanks to a grant from KDHE Zero Suicide Initiative
CALM for Providers
Environmental safety measures are key in creating safety from suicide. In this session, mental health providers will increase their skills in assessing access to lethal means, and joining with clients in how to plan for safety. Particular attention is paid to navigating firearm safety.
Suicide Screening and Assessment
Utilization of a validated screening tool is essential for good suicide prevention in mental health treatment and community settings. This training will focus on the use of the Columbia Scale (the gold standard in suicide screenings) and formulating suicide risk based on this screening and other evidence informed factors.
QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer)
Learn CPR for suicide risk. At the end of this session, participants will be competent in identifying someone at risk of suicide and helping to connect them to their next resource.
Introduction to Zero Suicide Framework
Zero Suicide is a framework for healthcare and mental healthcare settings to implement safer suicide care practices at a systemic level. This framework aims to eliminate deaths by suicide. Participants will learn about each of the 7 elements of Zero Suicide and the tools that are available to assist with implementation.
Sign up for this training if you want a better understanding of what it would take to implement Zero Suicide in your organization and what supports are available to you throughout your implementation process. This training is also intended for organizations who are already implementing Zero Suicide but need a refresh or want to get new staff on board.
January 13th, 2023;
9:00 AM-3:30 PM | Click to Register
AMSR (Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk)
AMSR Training offers the latest research-informed suicide risk assessment and risk formulation to be used in a variety of care settings. Unlike other frameworks, the AMSR risk formulation is developed for each individual, taking into consideration their current circumstances. AMSR Training provides a structure for the clinical provider which can be used in the development of a collaborative treatment and safety plan. The training also provides a language for the clinician to use with non-clinical staff who are also involved in the care that the individual is receiving.
February 24th, 2023;
9:00 AM-3:30 PM | Click to Register
Online Learning Modules – FREE
Kansas Suicide Prevention HQ is offering two free self-paced training modules to the community. The content of these training modules is informed by evidence-based research and was created by the Kansas Suicide Prevention Resource Center, a program of Kansas Suicide Prevention HQ.
For the best learning experience, we suggest enrolling in these courses in the order that they are listed below. You will have access to each training for 30 days once you have enrolled.
Suicide Prevention Strategies: An Introductory Training Module
This course is intended for community members who are looking to bolster their knowledge and understanding of suicide prevention. Participants will learn elements of prevention that reduce risk of suicide, risk-factors and warning signs of suicide, protective factors that can enhance safety from suicide, and tips for supporting people who have been impacted by suicide.
Suicide Intervention: A Gatekeeper Training Module
This course is intended for community members who are looking to bolster their knowledge and understanding of suicide intervention. Participants will review risk factors and warning signs of suicide, learn the listening skills essential for suicide intervention, and understand how to create a safety plan with someone who is at risk of suicide.
If you haven’t already completed our Suicide Prevention Strategies: An Introductory Training module, please consider checking it out! It is not a pre-requisite for this course, but it does provide additional context that is critical in supporting someone at risk for suicide.
School-Based Presentations and Trainings
More Than Sad: A high-school program consisting of two, 45-minute presentations in the classroom. The program includes videos that are shown in class, followed by a teacher-led discussion with the students about depression awareness and suicide prevention. This is an AFSP product in which KSPRC staff is available to provide the Train the Trainer for implementation in classrooms.
Sources of Strength: A best practice youth suicide prevention project designed to harness the power of peer social networks to change unhealthy norms and culture, ultimately preventing suicide, bullying, and substance abuse. The mission of Sources of Strength is to prevent suicide by increasing help-seeking behaviors and promoting connections between peers and caring adults. Sources of Strength moves beyond a singular focus on risk factors by utilizing an upstream approach for youth suicide prevention. This upstream model strengthens multiple sources of support (protective factors) around young individuals so that when times get hard they have strengths to rely on.
Suicide in Schools: A comprehensive guide for school-based suicide prevention and postvention. Presentations are customized to the needs of the participating school. The length of the presentation is determined by learning objectives.
Talking Together and Suicide Prevention: An evidence-based program that is implemented in grade school classrooms. The curriculum is presented by teachers and focuses on creating safe learning environments, building social and problem-solving skills in students. The KSPRC training focuses on helping teachers learn to deliver the program.
You are a Lifesaver: A 90 to 120-minute presentation for school staff and teachers drawn from Suicide in Schools: A Practitioner’s Guide to Multi-Level Prevention, Assessment, Intervention, and Postvention. This presentation is suitable for meeting the Jason Flatt Act training requirements. It can also be adapted for students and parents.
Community Presentations and Training
ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)
This is a two-day workshop for learning suicide intervention skills. The focus is on learning to identify suicide risks and developing a plan with the person at risk to stay safe for now. Participants are taught to identify possible warning signs for suicide including changes in behavior such as isolation, withdrawal, discussing suicide, increase in substance use, aggressiveness, and feelings of hopelessness or pain. Participants are then taught to identify a plan that will keep the person safe which often includes helping the person seek longer-term support.
C.A.L.M. (Counseling Access to Lethal Means)
90-120 minute training for parents or counselors that focuses on learning the skills necessary to restrict access to lethal means like firearms and abusive substances like pain medications, opioids, and over-the-counter medications. The training includes case studies and a safety plan for these substances.
Introduction to Suicide Prevention
An overview of relevant suicide statistics to help the presentation audience identify the scope of the problem of suicide and possible
interventions for suicide prevention in their sector. The presentation includes a review of the warning signs of suicide and a review of the theory explaining how some may come to consider suicide.
Suicide Safety at Home
There are steps we can all take to make our homes safer for our loved ones. This session will discuss steps and plans that we can all take to keep youth and those living with suicidal thoughts safe at home. Particular attention will be paid to firearm safety resources.
This is a 2-hour suicide awareness presentation that helps participants to understand the issue of suicide and how they can help prevent it in their communities. The session is appropriate for
anyone over the age of 15 who wants to learn more and help make a difference.
QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer)
|The CPR for suicide risk. At the end of this session, participants will be competent in identifying someone at risk of suicide and helping to connect them to their next resource.
Suicide Intervention and Clinical Settings
CALM for Providers: Environmental safety measures are key in creating safety from suicide. In this session, mental health providers will increase their skills in assessing for access to lethal means and joining with clients in how to plan for safety. Particular attention is paid to navigating firearm safety.
Managing Suicide Risk in Substance Use Treatment Settings: This presentation was adapted from SAMHSA’s Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP 50). It is geared toward substance use treatment professionals. Participants will learn about the link between substance use and suicide, gain insight into their personal attitudes about suicide, and learn warning signs for suicide risk.
Suicide Risk Assessment: The Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (CSSRS) is an evidence-based suicide screening tool that is considered the “gold standard” in risk assessment. This training session focuses on building competence and confidence in assessing for suicide risk. The training provides participants with the structure, scoring of the CSSRS, practice utilizing the scale, and examples of next steps for suicide risk management. There is no mental health provider requirement to use the CSSRS. It is a tool for the community at large.