Suicide prevention training helps save lives. Below you will find a brief description of some key suicide prevention trainings offered in the state. Wyoming also has a large network of trainers who can provide in-person training for your organization or group, a list of available trainers can be found here.
Gate Keeper Training
ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and how to work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Click here for more information.
Mental Health First Aid / Mental Health First Aid - Youth
QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) Gatekeeper Training for suicide prevention is a 1-2 hours program designed to teach individuals the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond. You will learn how to question the individual’s desire or intent regarding suicide, persuade the person to seek or accept help, and refer the person to appropriate resources. Click here for more information.
SafeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. SafeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting with life-saving intervention resources. Click here for more information.
Training for Clinicians
AMSR (Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk) is a one-day training workshop for behavioral health professionals. The 6.5 hour training program is based on latest research and designed to help participants provide safer suicide care. Click here for more information.
CAMS Framework is first and foremost a clinical philosophy of care. It is a therapeutic framework for suicide-specific assessment and treatment of a patient’s suicidal risk. It is a flexible approach that can be used across theoretical orientations and disciplines for a wide range of suicidal patients across treatment settings and different treatment modalities.
The clinician and patient engage in a highly interactive assessment process and the patient is actively involved in the development of their own treatment plan. Every session of CAMS intentionally utilizes the patient’s input about what is and is not working. All assessment work in CAMS is collaborative; we seek to have the patient be a “co-author” of their own treatment plan.
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Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM)
This free online course focuses on how to reduce access to the methods people use to kill themselves. It covers how to: (1) identify people who could benefit from lethal means counseling, (2) ask about their access to lethal methods, and (3) work with them—and their families—to reduce access.
While this course is primarily designed for mental health professionals, others who work with people at risk for suicide, like social service professionals and health care providers, may also benefit from taking it.
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RRSR-PC (Recognizing & Responding to Suicide Risk: Essential Skills in Primary Care) is a one-hour training for primary care practitioners to learn why and how routine suicide risk screen should and can be incorporated into routine medical visits, what constitutes appropriate risk management strategies and crisis response planning, and how to effectively document a suicide risk assessment in a medical chart. Click here for more information.