Counseling on Access to

Lethal Means


Advanced | Clinical Interventions

1.50-2.25 CE Credits| 2 Hrs. 27 Min
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About the Course


Thoughts of suicide and the impulse to die can escalate quickly, but they often fade and may never arise again. This course teaches mental health professionals and healthcare providers about lethal means counseling, which helps ensure that clients can make it through suicidal crises alive and access the support they need. Counseling on Access to Lethal Means starts by discussing statistical trends in suicide rates in the United States, why it makes a difference to reduce access to lethal means, and the lethality of various methods of suicide. Then, the course covers the basics of lethal means counseling, how to discuss safe storage of firearms and medications with clients, and other tips for staying safe during a suicidal crisis. The course finishes with a series of case studies demonstrating counseling on access to lethal means in action. Throughout its three modules, Counseling on Access to Lethal Means uses a selection of learning tools such as live filmed role plays, instructive animations, and interactive assessments. With the support of subject matter experts, printable resources, and supplemental videos, Counseling on Access to Lethal Means will prove an invaluable asset to your practice.

Estimated Course Length: 2 hrs. 27 min

Course Includes: 3 modules consisting of a mixed media approach with roleplays, video interviews with subject matter experts, animation explainer videos, knowledge games, and more

Companion Videos: 8 provider videos to highlight key concepts

Downloadable PDFs: 15 downloadable PDFs expanding on relevant course topics

Target Audience: Mental Health Providers (licensed professional counselors, licensed clinical social workers, licensed psychologists, licensed marriage and family therapists, psychiatrists, behavioral health nurses); Physicians; Nurses

Level of Instruction: Advanced

Prerequisite: None

Instructional Method: Self-paced, interactive, hybrid of audio, text, video, and learning checks

Accessibility Accommodations: Closed captioning of all audio and video components

After completing this course, you will be able to describe and employ the following:

  1. Summarize the relationship between reducing access to lethal means and lowered mortality rates.

  2. Describe the use of evidence based communication techniques in session to help at-risk clients reduce their access to lethal means.

  3. Compare the effects of helpful versus unhelpful language when talking about firearms with an at-risk client.

Course Activities for CE Credits: ≥ 3 hrs. 9 min

  • Pre-Course Assessment (~10 minutes) [EXCLUDED FROM ACTIVITIES FOR NBCC & CAMFT CREDIT]

  • Module 1: Why Means Matter (20+ minutes)

  • Module 2: CALM Basics and Filmed Clinical Sessions (47+ minutes)

  • Module 3: Virtual Role-Plays (6+ minutes)

  • Post-Course Assessment (~17 minutes) [EXCLUDED FROM ACTIVITIES FOR NBCC & CAMFT CREDIT]

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