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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING FOR MENTAL HEALTH CLINICIANS

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 in their patients. 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 working with patients on an ongoing basis. Participants can include licensed private counselors, licensed clinical social workers, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists and psychiatric nurses, addiction counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists and pastoral counselors.

Additional information about RRSR is available at http://www.suicidology.org/web/guest/education-and-training/rrsr
The Virginia Department of Health will host 5 RRSR trainings in 2012. This training is for all mental health clinicians, regardless of your place of work. Some of you may be familiar with another suicide prevention training offered, ASIST. Please refer to the attached document for an explanation as to who should attend an ASIST training and who should attend an RRSR training.

Through a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) this training will be offered at no cost to 50 participants; the training is typically valued at $250 a participant. All training materials will be provided.

The training will be from 8:30-4:45 both days. One hour will be given for lunch; meals will be "on your own".

Because of the demand for seats, please register only if you are able to attend the full two days, and are not 'on-call' for other duties during that time.

2012 Training Dates, Locations, and Registration:

April 3-4, 2012
Richmond, VA
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RRSRRichmondApril2012

May 16-17, 2012
Middletown, VA (Winchester area)
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RRSRMiddletown2012

June 19-20, 2012
Fredericksburg, VA
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RRSRFredericksburg2012

July 24-25, 2012
Roanoke, VA
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RRSRRoanoke2012

October 10-11, 2012
Richmond, VA
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RRSRRichmondOct2012

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at christina.benton@vdh.virginia.gov. Please feel free to share this training announcement with your colleagues.

We look forward to seeing you at one of the trainings!

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