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. 


Next Steps

Suicide Prevention Training Suite

The Suicide Prevention Training Suite includes access to three virtual patient training simulations. 

Zero Suicide Institute at EDC developed a suite of virtual patient training simulations in collaboration with the Institute for Family Health and Simmersion Immersive Simulations with funding from the National Institutes of Health. The three simulations are:

  • Assessing Risk with Taye Banks: Discuss topics on the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale to build a collaborative relationship with Taye, a new patient who identified she is thinking about suicide on a screening questionnaire.
  • Motivating to Treatment with Katrina Sanderson: Employ Motivational Interviewing techniques to explore motivations and barriers around treatment to help Katrina commit to seeing ongoing care for her suicidal ideation.
  • Safety Planning with Henry Douglas: Using the six Safety Planning Intervention as a guide, collaborate with Henry to explain and create a safety plan that will work with his needs and triggers.

Each program in the suite includes a training guide, simulated conversation, and comprehensive feedback. While each program can be used independently of the others, they were built together, as providers are encouraged to complete an assessment, a referral, and a safety plan with everyone who expresses suicidal ideation. The Suicide Prevention Training Suite is $175 for one-year access. Group discounts are available.  

DIrect Care Inpatient

Service Provider: 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.


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.


Coming Soon: AMSR Online Course

The Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk for Inpatient Settings (AMSR-Inpatient) curriculum will soon be available as an online course.

AMSR was designed to allow clinicians to challenge their personal biases in suicide care, provide an evidence-based framework to determine patients’ risk, and make relevant and meaningful treatment decisions. The AMSR-Inpatient course will provide participants with the knowledge and skills they need to address suicide risk and behaviors in inpatient settings.

The course was developed from the AMSR-Inpatient curriculum: 

Visit the Psychwire website linked below to register your interest in the AMSR-Inpatient course as well as future Zero Suicide Institute courses.