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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING FOR CAMPUS MENTAL HEALTH CLINICIANS

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Most mental health clinicians have had little or no formal training in assessing suicide risk, yet they are often called upon to do so. Recognizing and Responding to Suicide Risk: Essential Skills for Clinicians (RRSR) has been developed by the American Association of Suicidology specifically to fill this training gap. 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 program has several components, including a web-based assessment; two on-line, self-paced modules; a two-day face-to-face workshop; and post-workshop mentorship through on-line learning activities.

RRSR is appropriate for any mental health clinician. Participants typically come from both campus and community settings and include licensed private counselors, licensed clinical social workers, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists and psychiatric nurses, addictions counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists and pastoral counselors.

RRSR is a complement to the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) program. ASIST is suicide prevention “first aid”; for ‘frontline’ helpers who will be referring a person at risk on to the next level of care. RRSR is for the clinicians who receive those referrals, make decisions about emergency care and provide longer term treatment.

Additional information is available at Most mental health clinicians have had little or no formal training in assessing suicide risk, yet they are often called upon to do so. Recognizing and Responding to Suicide Risk: Essential Skills for Clinicians (RRSR) has been developed by the American Association of Suicidology specifically to fill this training gap. 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 program has several components, including a web-based assessment; two on-line, self-paced modules; a two-day face-to-face workshop; and post-workshop mentorship through on-line learning activities.

RRSR is appropriate for any mental health clinician. Participants typically come from both campus and community settings and include licensed private counselors, licensed clinical social workers, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists and psychiatric nurses, addictions counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists and pastoral counselors.

RRSR is a complement to the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) program. ASIST is suicide prevention “first aid”; for ‘frontline’ helpers who will be referring a person at risk on to the next level of care. RRSR is for the clinicians who receive those referrals, make decisions about emergency care and provide longer term treatment.

Additional information is available at Most mental health clinicians have had little or no formal training in assessing suicide risk, yet they are often called upon to do so. Recognizing and Responding to Suicide Risk: Essential Skills for Clinicians (RRSR) has been developed by the American Association of Suicidology specifically to fill this training gap. 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 program has several components, including a web-based assessment; two on-line, self-paced modules; a two-day face-to-face workshop; and post-workshop mentorship through on-line learning activities.

RRSR is appropriate for any mental health clinician. Participants typically come from both campus and community settings and include licensed private counselors, licensed clinical social workers, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists and psychiatric nurses, addictions counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists and pastoral counselors.

RRSR is a complement to the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) program. ASIST is suicide prevention “first aid”; for ‘frontline’ helpers who will be referring a person at risk on to the next level of care. RRSR is for the clinicians who receive those referrals, make decisions about emergency care and provide longer term treatment.

Additional information is available at http://www.suicidology.org/web/guest/education-and-training/rrsr

The Campus Suicide Prevention Center of Virginia, in partnership with the Virginia Department of health, will host 3 RRSR trainings in 2010. Thanks to a generous grant from the Division of Injury and Violence Prevention of the Virginia Department of Health, there is no cost to participants. The RRSR training is typically valued at $250.

Our trainer will be Dr. Adrienne Barna, licensed clinical psychologist and the Associate Director of Counseling and Psychological Service at George Mason University. Dr. Barna coordinates clinical and emergency services and specializes in providing training to campus based counseling center staff. Dr. Barna has been affiliated with Mason for over 24 years.

Please note; these trainings are open only to those working in professional mental health/clinician role.

2010 Training Dates/Locations:
May 24-25, Augusta Health (formerly Augusta Medical Center), Fishersville, VA
Sept. 23-24, Thomas Nelson Community College, Hampton VA

The Campus Suicide Prevention Center of Virginia, in partnership with the Virginia Department of health, will host 3 RRSR trainings in 2010. Thanks to a generous grant from the Division of Injury and Violence Prevention of the Virginia Department of Health, there is no cost to participants. The RRSR training is typically valued at $250.

For more information or to Register Contact: Jane Wiggins at wigginjr@jmr.edu or go to http://www.campussuicidepreventionva.org