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West River Electric Association

3250 South Dakota 44

Rapid City, SD 57703

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Recognizing & Responding to Suicide Risk: Essential Skills for Clinicians

With 90% of suicide deaths linked to an untreated or under-treated mental health condition, it is imperative that every clinician be able to accurately identify chronic and acute risk factors for suicide, reasonably formulate the level of risk, and work with confidence to create and implement an effective treatment plan.

Professional training programs rarely teach the skills necessary to adequately recognize and treat clients at risk for suicide. Few clinicians have time to keep up with the latest literature on indicators for suicide risk and effective management of care.

We offer you results of more than 40 years' expertise in translating research into clinical practice in this state-of-the-art, state-of-the-science training program.

Recognizing and Responding to Suicide Risk: Essential Skills for Clinicians (RRSR) is an advanced, interactive training based on established core competencies that mental health professionals need in order to effectively assess and manage suicide risk.

The program includes:

  • Web-based assessment;

  • Two-day face-to-face workshop;

  • A competency-based curriculum, *derived from empirical evidence and best-practices;

  • Updated participant manuals with resource materials;

  • Continuing Education Credits

The goal is for the clinicians to be:

Confident - Two full days provides time to gain the knowledge and practice the skills, using multiple case application exercises.

Competent - The curriculum is based on 24 core competencies derived from empirical evidence and best practices based on perspectives of clinical and research experts.

Prepared - Professionals need ways to assimilate and practice what they have learned in order to transfer that knowledge to their own work. RRSR's multi-modal learning plan uses self-paced, online interaction, classroom instruction, group and dyadic exercises, and post-training web-based collaborative learning and mentorship.

Continuing Education:

Social Workers:

  • This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (provider #886455354).


  • American Association of Suicidology has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5607. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. AAS is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


Adrienne M. Barna, PhD, ABPP is a licensed clinical psychologist in Virginia and is Board Certified in Counseling Psychology. For over thirty years she has provided clinical services in university counseling centers including the University of Maryland at College Park, University of Texas at Austin, Emory University and George Mason University. Since 1992, she has served in administrative roles, providing consultation, crisis intervention, supervision and clinical services. As Director of Psychological Services and Executive Director at George Mason University, she facilitated the development of extensive suicide prevention programs and emergency responses on individual and community levels. Dr. Barna has also maintained a private practice and has worked as a psychologist for three Semester at Sea voyages. She has provided many RRSR trainings over the past eight years to both general mental health clinician audiences and university mental health staff.

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Front Porch Coalition

West River Electric

Registration ends September 18, 2017

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