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Training & Services

The Need for Education and Prevention

Studies indicate that many professionals are not properly trained in assessing, treating, and managing suicidal people, nor do they know how to refer suicidal people to proper treatment[1]. Goals Four and Six of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention addresses the need to implement suicide prevention programs to reduce the numbers of suicide and the need to implement training for the recognition of at-risk behavior and the delivery of effective treatment. The Coalition is dedicated to providing gatekeepers and professionals with the education necessary to save lives.


1. Bongar, Lomax, & Harmatz, 1992; Ellis and Dickey, 1998; Ellis, Dickey, & Jones, 1998; Kleespies 1998.




Train to become a certified trainer in
Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk: Core Competencies for Mental Health Professionals (AMSR)

The Pennsylvania Adult Older Adult Suicide Prevention Coalition is pleased to announce that the PA Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services has provided the Coalition with funding to sponsor an “Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk: Core Competencies for Mental Health Professionals”(AMSR) train-the-trainer course for 30 individuals.  AMSR is a research-based workshop for mental health professionals including social workers, licensed counselors, psychologists and psychiatrists.  AMSR is offered by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. Through this training, we hope to build the capacity in Pennsylvania to ensure that our behavioral health clinicians are effective in assessing and managing suicide risk.


Please check back soon to learn more information about this training opportunity.

qpr-box.gifQPR Gatekeeper Training:
Three simple steps that can save a life.

A "Gatekeeper" is someone in the position to recognize a crisis and the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide. Gatekeepers include parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, ministers, doctors, nurses, office supervisors, squad leaders, foremen, police officers, advisors, caseworkers, fire fighters and many others who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide.


QPR Gatekeeper Trainings


Trainings can be learned in as little as an hour. The training can also be expanded to include other topics such as self-harm, depression, and can be tailored for specific populations or professions.

Over 30,000 people die each year by suicide and it is estimated that over 500,000 attempt suicide. Most suicides are related to depression, other mood disorders or substance and alcohol abuse. Yet many people don't seek help. Each year, thousands of Americans become Gatekeepers and learn how to help save a life.


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Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

ASIST is similar to QPR, but this training program offers more in-depth intervention tactics. The aim of ASIST is to teach caregivers the necessary skills to provide emergency psychological first aid in situations involving suicidal behavior. The emphasis of the ASIST workshop is on suicide first aid, on helping a person stay safe and seek further help. The program is conducted over two days. Participants learn how to:

  • Recognize that persons at risk are affected by personal and societal attitudes about suicide
  • Identify factors that indicate and estimate the risk of suicide,
  • Estimate the degree of risk,
  • Discuss suicide with a person at risk in a direct manner,
  • Demonstrate the skills required to intervene with a person at risk of suicide,
  • List the resources, including themselves, available to a person at risk of suicide, and
  • Commit to helping coordinate social support resources to persons at risk of suicide.

For a complete list of trainings and programs we offer, click HERE.


To schedule a training, presentation, or to obtain more information, click here and choose "Training" in the drop down menu. 

People trained in suicide prevention learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to offer hope and help someone,  often saving their life. Click below to learn more about suicide prevention training/presentations for the following audiences: 


Additional Programs


The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), has designed a summary of the different suicide prevention programs. Visit their website, www.sprc.org, to obtain these summaries.

We also collaborate with many of these programs by periodically hosting trainings for their programs. Please see our calendar of events to find out if one is being offered sometime in the future. We operate on a sliding fee scale for other nonprofit organizations.

To schedule a training, presentation, or to obtain more information, click here and choose "Training" in the drop down menu.

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