Recognizing and Responding to Suicide Risk: Essential Skills for Clinicians


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American Association of Suicidology

RRSR uses both training of trainers and direct training models. Costs vary depending on type of training, setting and number of attendees. Email or call 202-237-2280 for more information.


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Recognizing and Responding to Suicide Risk: Essential Skills for Clinicians (RRSR – MH) is an advanced two-day interactive training for mental health clinicians who want to acquire competency-based skills for working with clients at risk for suicide. RRSR training is based on a set of 24 core clinical competencies, developed by a task force of clinical experts collaborating with the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. These competencies comprehensively define the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to effectively assess, manage, and treat individuals at risk for suicide. The goal of the training is for clinicians to become more confident, competent, and prepared to meet the needs of distressed clients and their families.

Features of RRSR training include:

  • Two-day face-to-face workshop;
  • Online post-workshop mentoring;
  • Participant manuals with resource materials;
  • Continuing education credits;
  • Web-based assessment;
  • Highly qualified trainers.

Program Objectives

After training, participants should be able to:

  1. Competently conduct a suicide risk assessment.
  2. Formulate level of risk for suicide.
  3. Develop a treatment and services plan to address suicide risk.

Implementation Essentials

  • Training must be conducted by an authorized RRSR trainer.

2012 NSSP Objectives Addressed: 

Objective 7.2: Provide training to mental health and substance abuse providers on the recognition, assessment, and management of at-risk behavior, and the delivery of effective clinical care for people with suicide risk.