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Suicide Assessment and Intervention Training

This full-day training is designed to increase knowledge and improve the skills and confidence of clinicians and others who find themselves identifying high-risk youth and adults, and planning for their care. Participants will learn about the scope of the problem, review current information on suicide risk factors, and examine personal reactions to dealing with suicidal behaviors. Best practices in risk assessment will be presented and attendees will learn techniques for eliciting suicidal ideation. Issues relative to liability management and planning for intervention will be presented. Research on the effectiveness of this training demonstrates significant gains in knowledge and confidence.

The training, which was approved in 2015 by the SPRC Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention, is based on current best practices and reflects the training objectives in the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. 

Cost: $100.00

Objectives | Participants will be able to:

  • Manage personal reactions to suicidal clients 
  • List suicide warning signs and risk and protective factors 
  • Demonstrate techniques to elicit suicidal ideation and history of behaviors 
  • Identify strategies and tools to assess risk 
  • Describe how a client’s ambivalence about suicide is an opportunity to intervene and how the client may view suicide as a coping strategy 
  • Explain the value of appropriate postvention and grief support services for individuals and communities affected by suicide 



Larry Berkowitz, EdDis the Co-Founder of Riverside Trauma Center and Director of Trauma Center for MindWise Innovations. He has provided direct therapeutic services for over 20 years and managed mental health services for over 15 years. His clinical areas of expertise include work with children, adolescents, adults, and families who are trauma survivors and/or suicide survivors. He coordinates and provides disaster response services and post-suicide intervention for individuals, schools, workplaces, and communities, and conducts trainings on suicide prevention. Larry holds a doctoral degree in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from Harvard University and is a licensed Psychologist in Massachusetts. He is on the Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention, serves as the Co-Chair of the Northeast Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention, and holds an appointment as a Teaching Associate in Psychology, Part Time, at Harvard Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry.

James McCauley, LICSWis the Co-Founder and Associate Director of the Riverside Trauma Center and the Assistant Program Director for MindWise Innovations. Jim provides mental health support for schools, workplaces, and communities affected by traumatic events. He has consulted with numerous schools and communities in Massachusetts and New England on trauma responses. He provides consultations and trainings on suicide postvention services, suicide clusters, and suicide prevention coalitions. He has presented at statewide, national, and international conferences on these topics. He also has extensive experience providing therapy to children, adolescents, and adults and previously managed outpatient mental health clinics and programs for children for more than 20 years. Jim is a graduate of the Boston University School of Social Work and also was a Senior Lecturer in the Sociology Department at Suffolk University for more than 30 years. An Army veteran, he has a special interest in developing and providing services for returning vets.


This training will be held Friday, May 13th as a live, interactive webinar. 

  • 9:00 – 10:30 AM ET: Learning Session
  • 15 minute break
  • 10:45 – 12:15 PM: Learning Session
  • 1 hour lunch 
  • 1:15 PM – 2:45 PM: Learning Session
  • 15 minute break
  • 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM: Learning Session 

Continuing Education:

Applications for 6 hours of continuing education credits will be submitted for Social Workers, LMFTs, and Nurses in MA. Please contact Tamiya Suell for the status of the CE accreditation. 

This training is approved for 6 hours of continuing education for Psychologists and Counselors.*  

Riverside Community Care is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor education for Psychologists. Riverside Community Care maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  

Riverside Trauma Center has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6992. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  Riverside Trauma Center is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 

For Webinars: 100% attendance is required to obtain full CE credit. No partial credit can be given. Attendance is confirmed via Zoom attendance reporting. For Social workers in MA a code will be provided throughout the program 1 section at a time and the attendee is required to provide the whole code when completing the CE evaluation. Eligible participants will receive CE certificates via email 30 days following the conclusion of the training. 

This training is targeted towards Advanced, Intermediate, and Beginner practitioners.  

For registration, questions, or to request accommodations please contact Tamiya Suell For grievance information, visit

There is no commercial support or conflict of interest known for programs/instructors listed in this training. 


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