Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR) is a dynamic one-day workshop that equips new and experienced clinicians with the skills to address clinical dilemmas encountered while assisting individuals at risk for suicide. Using a combination of expert teaching, video modeling, practice exercises, and small and large group discussion, AMSR provides an up-to-date review of what experts consider to be the most essential knowledge, attitudes, and skills for providing suicide safer care. AMSR meets objectives included in the U.S. Surgeon General’s National Strategy for Suicide Prevention urging organizations and clinicians to create an environment where clients feel safe to disclose suicidal thoughts; collaborate with their mental health providers; and expect that care is informed by clear and contextually appropriate frameworks for assessment and intervention.
AMSR is designed for health care providers who have a master’s or doctoral degree in a behavioral health field, including:
There is a registration fee of $140.00 associated with this training.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided to participants.
Register By October 4, 201911:59 PM
ABOUT THE TRAINER
Ralph May, Psy.D., has been a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania for 31 years, having been awarded his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 1987. Dr. May is the Chief Clinical Officer of the Community Guidance Center, one of the largest outpatient mental health providers in the Indiana County area. Dr. May oversees the clinical operations that serve nearly 3700 consumers, and has been practicing in the community setting at the Guidance Center for 31 years. His specialty has been working with highly traumatized individuals, particularly consumer with complex trauma and mental illness. He is the Co-Chairperson of the Indiana County Suicide Task Force, The Clinical Director of the Indiana County Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team, a founding member of the Advisory Board of the Indiana Child Advocacy Center (CARE Center), a member of the Indiana County Joint Disaster Terrorism Task Force Health and Human Service Subcommittee, an original member of the Clinical Advisory Committee for Value Behavioral Health of PA, a member of the American Psychological Association, a Fellow of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association and a member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. In 2013, Dr. May was awarded the distinction of becoming a Rural Health Hero by the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health for his work in mental health and physical health integration. He was a finalist for the Leader’s Circle Award of Indiana County in 2013, and was Indiana Health Care Worker of the year in 2007. In 2014, he was one of 27 Pennsylvania clinicians certified as a trainer in the Assessment and Management of Suicide Risk, a National training program designed to improve clinical care of those struggling with suicidal feelings and behaviors. In 2015, he was again selected as a finalist for the Indiana County Male Civic Leader of the Year. Also in 2015, he was a finalist for the Pittsburgh Business Times Health Care Hero Award. In 2016, he was named the Male Civic Leader of the Year for Indiana County. In 2018, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pennsylvania Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association (RCPA).
Dr. May has done many clinical and community based trainings for over 31 years, and speaks constantly to the community via presentations, newspaper and radio on topics related to mental health, such as Mental Illness, Suicide, Co-Occurring Disorders, Violence and Stress. He was a key presenter in 2013 at the Active Shooter training offered to all local schools in the area of prevention and postvention. Dr. May remains dedicated to increasing the awareness of practitioners, consumers and the general public about mental health, and how disorders affecting the brain are truly physical disorders, requiring the same attention as any other medical issue. He has been highly focused upon consumer engagement, suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention as well as the measurement of clinical outcomes in the behavioral health outpatient setting, and has directed a system wide outcomes initiative at the Guidance Center for the last 12 years.