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Recognizing & Responding to Suicide Risk for Correctional Facility Clinicians
The Recognizing and Responding to Suicide Risk for Correctional Facility Clinicians is a skills-based interactive training workshop that includes:
  • Six online, self-paced lessons and qualifying quiz
  • A two-day face-to-face workshop with a master trainer
  • Unlimited on-line post-training workshop mentoring and further CE offerings
Two full days of face-to-face training provides time to gain knowledge and practice skills, using multiple corrections-based case exercises, of importance to everyday clinical practice.

The curriculum is based on a set of 24 core competencies derived from empirical evidence and best practices based on the perspectives and knowledge of a task force comprised of the world's leading clinical and research experts.

These competencies form the basis of Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR), a one-day training developed by AAS for the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC). AMSR focuses on knowledge and attitudes, using skill demonstrations, and discussion and journaling throughout the course. AMSR is suitable for classes of any size. Using a two-day format with smaller class size, RRSR augments the core AMSR content with skill rehearsal and case application exercises.1

The RRSR-C training is targeted at clinicians working in jail or prison settings and is designed to increase your Competence and Confidence. The RRSR-C training includes content and skills-training specifically designed for correctional mental health professionals. Discussions include working with manipulative individuals and malingered symptoms.

Professional training programs rarely systematically teach how to adequately recognize when a client is at risk for suicide; nor do they teach standard of care interventions tied to clinician's formulation of a client's risk. Moreover, few clinicians are up to date with the latest research literature on suicide risk assessment and treatment models.

We offer the results of more than 40 years' expertise in translating research into clinical practice in the RRSR.

Robert D. Canning, PhD, is Senior Psychologist with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. He is the Suicide Prevention and Response Coordinator for the Department, and is responsible for the development and implementation of suicide prevention programs statewide. Prior to his current position Dr. Canning was a staff psychologist with the Department, and worked in a prison medical facility providing mental health treatment to inmates diagnosed with HIV. Dr. Canning earned his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology in Palo Alto, CA in 1993. He has published a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals and is Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at the U.C. Davis School of Medicine.

Communities or organizations may sponsor the RRSR and AMSR together or separately, depending on their training goals and available time and resources. AMSR is offered through the SPRC Training Institute. To learn more about the AMSR, call 1-877-438-7772 or go to
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