Suicide Risk Assessment Training - Kristen Helm





30 September 2022 Live & On Demand


UK: 16:00 – 23:00
North America: 11:00 – 18:00 EST / 8:00 – 15:00 PST

CPD & CE credits available: 6

TRAINING information

This online training is streaming live on the 30th September 2022.

The digital recording will be released to all participants on the 2nd October. The recording and associated resources will then be accessible through your Essential Therapy Training account for 365 days.


“Suicide is the result of an untimely convergence of multiple psychiatric, psychological, social, environmental, occupational, cultural, medical, academic stressors that severely challenges an individual’s capacity to cope.” – Edwin Schneidman, 1954

One of the most challenging and stressful tasks clinicians are faced with is navigating the complex nature of suicide. Many clinicians leave their graduate programs, practicums and clinical supervision without formalized training and support on conducting a suicide risk assessment. Despite this lack of training, there is no doubt that every clinician will be faced with the daunting task of assessing a client for risk of suicide.

The focus of this workshop is to increase participants understanding of the complex nature of suicide, while providing practical tools for uncovering suicide risk that can be immediately applied in their practice. The content of this training includes an overview of the etiology and phenomenology of suicide and provides participants a framework based on best practices for assessing risk. Participants will leave this workshop with increased confidence and competence in the areas of identifying and eliciting risk factors, warning signs and protective factors of suicide, formulating suicide risk, documenting a suicide risk assessment and engaging clients in safety planning.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify and apply a language classification system for discussing suicide and self-harming behaviors.
  • Explain the difference between screening and assessment for risk of suicide
  • Identify and apply skills for eliciting the information needed to complete a suicide risk assessment.
  • Identify risk factors, protective factors and warning signs for suicide
  • Explain the process for determining the level of risk after completing a suicide risk assessment
  • Identify and describe the components required to effectively document a suicide risk assessment
  • Create a collaborative client safety plan


  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Overview of the problem
  • Clinicians attitude and approach
  • Importance of standardized terminology

Break #1

  • Etiology and phenomenology of suicide
  • Risk factors, protective factors and warning signs for suicide
  • Difference between screening and assessment of risk for suicide

Meal Break

  • Eliciting accurate assessment data

Break #2

  • Formulation of risk
  • Safety planning
  • Documentation of risk

About the Speaker

Kristin Helm, LISW has over 20 years of experience working in the mental health field. Her journey began working at a residential treatment program while pursuing her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology at the State University of New York at Brockport. Upon receiving her Masters Degree in Social Work from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Kristin became the Lead Therapist at a community mental health center. She later transitioned into the role of Division Director, overseeing three community mental health centers. During this time Kristin developed a crisis service program, served as a member of the crisis response team, and became a trainer for the mental health center staff and community. Kristin currently works full time at her practice Compassionate Counseling, LLC located in Fairfield, IA.



CPD & CE credits available: 6

How do I receive these credits?

The participant must pass the multiple-choice test with a minimum score of 80%. There is a maximum of three attempts to achieve this.

The post-test is included in the price of the training.

Does my regulatory body accept the credits?

The CPD & CE credits awarded can be used towards your declaration to any governing regulatory body in your state or country, provided the content is relevant to your discipline.

Our trainings are accredited by:

– The CPD Group, London
– Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
– Australian Counselling Association

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Suicide Risk Assessment Training - Kristen Helm

30 September 2022 Live & On Demand

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