Session 7: Suicide Risk Assessment:The Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale Certification Training (Aug 1-2)

Egg Harbor, WI US
August 1, 2016 to August 2, 2016

Suicide is one of the leading public health problems of our time. As mental health professionals, we are charged with the assessment and treatment of suicide without the capacity to meaningfully predict suicide. In many cases, we lack even a shared language to discuss suicide risk. The result is often missed treatment opportunities, failures in communication of risk, over taxing of limited resources, and concerns of litigation.

This symposium will provide an in-depth certification training in one of the recognized gold standards in suicide risk assessment, The Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (CSSRS), and discuss an app-roach to suicide risk assessment documentation which is pragmatic, evidence-based, and legally justifiable. The CSSRS is recognized as a best practice by the WHO, AMA, Joint Commission, and was incorporated into the suicide section of the SCID and Centers for Disease Control definitions of suicidal ideation and behavior.

Monday Overview of CSSRS; Suicide risk assessment; Screening and clinical/lifetime versions of CSSRS; Suicidal ideation and behaviors, non-suicidal self-injurious behavior, and lethality; Case examples

Tuesday Clinical decision-making and prevention policies; Documentation; Theories of suicide; Consultation and collaboration; Transitional data; Acute and imminent risk factors; Mental status exam; Suicidal behaviors; Evidence-based treatment

Accreditation and Designation of Credit:
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Creditstm. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 8 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.

The Medical College of Wisconsin is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. MCW maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This activity contains content or processes that may be potentially stressful.

The Medical College of Wisconsin is registered with the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation as a Continuing Education Sponsor for social workers (license number 159-000664).

Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.

Tuition includes course materials and continental breakfast.

Purchase an additional 5 DAY session and receive a $100.00 discount. Use coupon code: +DCSI

Please note: A $10.00 non-refundable processing fee is assessed on registrations.



Target Audience

This advanced seminar is geared to mental health and health professionals.

Learning Objectives

  1. Receive certification in the CSSRS
  2. Identify the current state of suicide risk assessment and impediments to predicting suicide
  3. Learn to administer the screening and clinical/lifetime versions of CSSRS through discussion, case examples, and practice
  4. Discuss the use of the CSSRS in real-world decision-making


Additional information


Brenda Konczal
Phone Number: 
+1 (414) 955-7250
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 8.00 AAFP
    AAFP credit.
  • 8.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 8.00 APA
    APA credit.
  • 8.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
08/01/2016 - 8:00am CDT
Event ends: 
08/02/2016 - 12:15pm CDT
The Landmark Resort and Conference Center
4929 Landmark Drive
Egg Harbor, WI 54209
United States

The Landmark Resort

4929 Landmark Drive
Egg Harbor, Wisconsin 54209
Reservations (800) 273-7877


Jeffrey Garbelman, PhD, is a psychologist at the Milwaukee VA, providing forensic opinions across a 12 state area involving veteran suicides and other causes of death. He is also the Milwaukee VA Police Psychological Consultant and co-directs the VA Centralized Assessment Unit.  He is a consultant for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, overseeing their Crisis Intervention Partners training program and is certified by the American Association of Suicidology in Psychological Autopsy providing consultation, training, and forensic services in areas of PTSD and suicide risk assessment, documentation, and the law.

All persons in control of content have NO relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Available Credit

  • 8.00 AAFP
    AAFP credit.
  • 8.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 8.00 APA
    APA credit.
  • 8.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.


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