Suicide Risk Assessment


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 calm and poise at these times.


This class provides person-centered strategies to engage with people from diverse backgrounds to discuss suicide. Being able to engage with various populations about this topic allows for a more inclusive and equitable environment for accurate assessment. Talking about suicide with another person can be so difficult that most people default to avoiding the subject. Normalizing the topic and being able to use respectful language when engaging with someone expressing thoughts of suicide is necessary for providing comprehensive support services in our communities. 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
  • Introduce the 4-point protocol questions
  • Explain how suicide risk assessment tools work and when mental health professionals use them




Registrants who fully attend this training will be eligible to receive 2 continuing education (CE) hour certified by the Minnesota Board of Social Work and the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy. CE certificates are provided by People Incorporated Training Institute.




Russ Turner


Russ Turner, MA, Director of the People Incorporated Training Institute

During Russ’s 16-year tenure, he has written and taught thousands of hours of person-centered curriculum to help people become more effective helpers, communicators, and leaders. His audience includes workers and leaders across a wide range of organizations from human services, healthcare, and libraries, to law enforcement and corrections. He trains trainers, works with management, and has consulted and coached on training projects across multiple sectors of the economy. He has worked as an educator for three decades 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.



This training is provided by our valued partners at the People Incorporated Training Institute.

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The Great Lakes MHTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.

Starts: Feb 29, 2024 1:15 pm
Ends: Feb 29, 2024 3:30 pm
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