About AMSR

The Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR) training teaches best practices recommended by the nation’s leading experts in the research and delivery of suicide care.

AMSR’s research-informed risk formulation model helps health and behavioral health professionals feel confident navigating challenging conversations and offers key strategies for providing compassionate care to people at risk for suicide. Authorized expert trainers lead half-day and one-day AMSR trainings, teaching professionals essential skills through videos, live demonstrations, and paired and written practice.

AMSR has been working since 2006 to train clinicians on how to provide effective treatment for patients and clients who are at risk of suicide. Over 50,000 mental health professionals have attended AMSR workshops in the United States and abroad.

For more about the research foundations of the AMSR risk formulation model, "Reformulating Suicide Risk Formulation: From Prediction to Prevention" by Anthony R. Pisani, Daniel C. Murrie, and Morton M. Silverman is an open-source resource.

Trainings develop the five areas of competency for AMSR:

  1. Approaching Your Work
  2. Understanding Suicide
  3. Gathering Information
  4. Formulating Risk
  5. Planning and Responding
Participate in an AMSR Training

AMSR is for direct care staff as well as clinicians with a master's or doctoral degree in a behavioral health field, including:

  • Social workers
  • Professional counselors
  • Marriage and family therapists
  • Psychologists 
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychiatric nurses
Become an AMSR Trainer

AMSR has more than 300 dedicated, knowledgeable trainers certified to teach AMSR curricula in their own communities.

AMSR hosts New Leader Trainings for new AMSR trainers. To learn more about becoming an authorized AMSR trainer, follow the link below.

Sponsor an AMSR Training

AMSR has collaborated with thousands of clients including the following types of organizations:

  • Behavioral Health
  • Healthcare
  • College/University
  • City/County/State Government
  • Community-Based Organizations
  • Children's Services/School Districts
  • Military Branches
Review the AMSR Curricula

AMSR offers curricula for clinicians and direct care staff in the following settings:

  • Outpatient
  • Inpatient
  • Substance Use Disorder Treatment

To learn more about our curricula, follow the link below.

AMSR-Trained Clinicians

AMSR-trained professionals report increased willingness, confidence, and clarity in working with individuals at risk of suicide.

Attendees at workshop

"Good information to have for anyone who might come into contact with clients at risk, which is anyone working with clients."

"This was the best presentation I have ever attended dealing with mental health issues—bar none."

The Zero Suicide Insititute collaborated with SSRE (Social Science Research and Evaluation) to develop an enhanced evaluation of AMSR. Using a pre-/post-test design with a 90-day follow-up survey, AMSR-trained professionals showed statistically significant gains in knowledge. Self-reports of confidence and competence in assessing and managing suicidal patients increased significantly—results sustained even at the 90-day follow-up.

AMSR is a training for health and behavioral health professionals. Visit the Suicide Prevention Resource Center for gatekeeper trainings.