Clinical Training

Zero Suicide urges systems to invest in training to ensure their workforce has the competence and confidence to care for those at risk for suicide.

Clinical Training

The following courses are intended for health and behavioral health professionals, including:

Healthcare providers in inpatient, outpatient, crisis and community health, including Nursing (RN, LPN, MA, CNA); Therapists (e.g., Marriage & Family Therapists, Mental Health Counselors, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers); Providers (NP: ARNP or DNP, PA, MD, DO, ND), Peer Support Specialists, Crisis Response and other relevant health/behavioral health care staff. Please see individual course offerings for information on continuing education credits. 


Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk Training

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

Zero Suicide Institute's AMSR is a research-informed risk formulation model that 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. Since 2006, over 70,000 mental health professionals have attended AMSR workshops in the United States and abroad.

AMSR offers training online and in-person designed for health and behavioral health care professionals working in a variety of settings:

Participants in the Core Competencies and Substance Use Disorder Treatment trainings are eligible for 6.5 continuing education credits. Costs are $160 per person for trainer fees, manual, and CEs. Direct Care versions are $50 per person and do not offer CEs. AMSR participants are encouraged to return to their organizations to train other staff in AMSR.


DIrect Care Inpatient

Making it Matter with Micro-Interventions

Making it Matter with Micro-Interventions is an online course that offers simple tools for professionals to support themselves and others in stressful times.

Zero Suicide Institute Faculty Dr. Ursula Whiteside has created an online course for clinicians designed to provide a practical and effective approach to supporting individuals experiencing loneliness, stress, mental health and substance use struggles, and suicidal thoughts. Dr. Whiteside is a licensed clinical psychologist, CEO of, and Clinical Faculty at the University of Washington. Making it Matter with Micro-Interventions is a two-hour course meant to be completed over a week or more.

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Name the Four Categories of Micro-Interventions
  • Differentiate DBT Skills introduced (e.g., Opposite Action or Paced Breathing)
  • Explain the utility of “storytelling” (aka social modeling) in brief-interventions
  • Apply Do It Now strategies to increase likelihood of others acquiring new behaviors
  • Recall guidance for creating Caring Contacts
  • Describe the Biosocial Theory of Emotion Dysregulation (Stress Model)
  • Identify statements of hope and change statements considered to be Linking Statement
  • Teach the Stop, Drop, and Roll for managing being "On Fire" emotionally

Participants are asked to complete the online course and associated independent practice exercises, as well as complete a Final Exam and Course Evaluation with attendance attestation. Participants also agree to complete a 1-month and 3-month follow-up assessment. The training is free to take but costs $50 to take with CEs.