Suicide Prevention for Helping Professionals

Amy Saville, LCSW – 3 CEU’s

November 5, 2020, 9:30 to 12:30

A live interactive training using the Zoom Pro platform


Anyone working in a helping profession may one day find themselves working with someone at risk for suicide. The good news is that anyone can prevent suicide if they have the right information and are in the right place at the right time. This workshop is intended to help anyone, regardless of their position, education, or experience, gain the confidence, knowledge, and skill necessary to assist someone who is potentially suicidal. It includes practical information about suicide, an examination of core beliefs, feelings, and attitudes that either promote or impede engagement with suicidal individuals and offers practical application of that knowledge so that participants feel prepared to link at-risk individuals to safety.

Training Objectives:

Participants will:

  1. Identify their own reactions to suicide and how they impact intervention and planning.
  2. Discuss relevant statistics related to suicide.
  3. Discuss cultural considerations around the topic of suicide.
  4. Name key risk factors and protective factors.
  5. Identify key elements to effective service planning for suicidal individuals.


This event is co-sponsored by Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research (GSSWSR) for a maximum of 3 credit hours. Bryn Mawr College GSSWSR, as a CSWE accredited School of Social Work, is a pre-approved provider of continuing education for Social Workers, professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists in Pennsylvania and many other states.

About the Speaker:

Amy Saville, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker in Middlesex County, NJ with a career history spanning 18 years of service to children, families, and child-serving organizations. She currently is a Training Consultation Specialist for Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care as well as project coordinator and lead trainer for “Creating Safe and Respectful Environments,” an initiative funded by the NJ Juvenile Justice Commission. In this role she coordinates a training program for juvenile detention centers and state run secure care facilities and residential centers on the topics of mental health disorders among adolescents, crisis intervention techniques and suicide prevention. In her private practice she also provides training to schools and other community groups in New Jersey and Pennsylvania on these topics.

Amy has worked extensively with children and adolescents as a clinician in private practice, and with University Behavioral Health Care’s Child and Adolescent In-patient and Regional Response Units. In this role she provided crisis intervention, evaluation, and ongoing therapeutic services as well as advocacy on behalf of adolescents and their families. She specializes in adolescent suicide prevention and working with treatment-resistant youth.



9:30 – 9:45 Introduction, Working with suicidal individuals – attitudes and approach
9:45 – 10:00 Understanding suicide – relevant statistics
10:00 – 10:30 Cultural considerations for interacting with clients around suicide
10:30 – 11:15 Assessing Suicide Risk

  • Risk factors, warning signs and protective factors for suicide
  • Tools for assessment
  • Understanding risk: High acute, Imminent, Moderate Acute, Low acute, Chronic
  • Enhancing Protective Factors
11:15 – 11:50 Managing Clients with Suicidality

  • The role of hospitalization for suicidal youth and children
  • Managing suicidal clients after hospitalization – incorporating resiliency planning
  • Promising treatment approaches and best practice
11:50 – 12 Wrap up and Evaluations

Procedure: After registration, you will be sent a confirmation, and a receipt of payment. A few days before the training you will receive a packet containing instructions for logging on to the Zoom session, handouts, and the requirements for your certificate and CEU’s (if applicable)

Cancellations and Refunds: Canceling your registration must be done by email ( prior to five business days from the training date. If you have paid the fee, you will receive a refund or credit (your choice). If you fail to cancel prior to five business days and have paid, you or your agency will forfeit the fee. If you fail to cancel prior to five business days from the training date and have not paid, you or your agency will be billed for the full fee.

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Event Details

  • November 5, 2020 9:30 am   -   September 15, 2020 12:30 pm
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