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Suicide Risk Assessment

8:45am - May 12, 2021 thru 11:00am - May 12, 2021 | Timezone: US/Central
Great Lakes MHTTC
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The Great Lakes MHTTC offers this training for behavioral health professionals in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, and WI. This training is offered in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.

Suicidal thoughts and behaviors can be experienced by anyone, but are more likely by people with mental health concerns. People who work with or care for vulnerable populations will likely encounter individuals talking about suicide and suicidal ideation, and it is important to project confidence and calm at these times. This class aims to improve comfort and skill levels with this difficult and emotional topic by exploring and practicing assessment protocols and conversation dynamics.



  • Identify common signs of suicidal thoughts in adults, adolescents, and children
  • Approach a conversation about suicide in a calm, focused manner
  • Discuss the 4-point protocol questions
  • Look at the mental health disorders most likely to be associated with high suicide risk
  • Explain how suicide risk assessment tools work and when mental health professionals use them


Intended AudienceSocial workers, case managers, outreach workers, mental health practitioners and professionals, addiction counselors and professionals, nurses


Russ TurnerRuss Turner, MA, MS, is the Director of the People Incorporated Training Institute. During his 14-year tenure he has developed and taught a curriculum of training classes and workshops in a wide variety of subjects related to behavioral health from crisis de-escalation to motivational interviewing. His audience includes mental health professionals, social workers, case managers, addiction professionals, law enforcement, healthcare professionals, and organizational leaders. He trains trainers, works with management, and has consulted and coached on numerous mental health related training projects. He has worked as a teacher or trainer for over 25 years in a variety of countries and settings including Japan, the Czech Republic and the UK. His teaching philosophy is that adults learn best when they are challenged, the material is applicable to work situations, and sessions are interactive and engaging.

Certificates of attendance will be available to all who complete the session in full.