Foundations in the Safety Planning Interventions for Clinicians


Advanced  |  Clinical Interventions
1.50–2.50 CE Credits  |  2 Hrs. 30 Min
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About the Course


Clients at risk of suicide need strategies they can use to navigate suicidal crises outside of session. This course presents the Stanley-Brown Safety Planning Intervention, which is created collaboratively in session and used by the client to reduce suicidal risk. Showcasing the expertise of Dr. Barbara Stanley and Dr. Gregory Brown, the creators of the Stanley-Brown Safety Planning Intervention, this course will prove a valuable asset to many clinicians who treat suicidal clients. After finishing this course, clinicians will understand the tools commonly used for risk screening, assessment, and stratification and effectively create personalized safety plans with their clients. Learners will have access to three modules full of live filmed roleplays, interactive slides, and practical assessments, as well as printable templates and other paper and video resources.

NOTE: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Foundations—A Skills-Based Approach is a prerequisite for this course. You will not have access to this course unless you have first completed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Foundations.

Estimated Course Length: 2 hrs. 30 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: 2 provider videos to highlight key concepts 3 client videos for psychoeducation

Downloadable PDFs: 13 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: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Foundations: A Skills-Based Approach

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. Critically appraise risk screening, assessment, and stratification tools utilized in determining client levels of suicide risk.  

  2. Create personalized safety plans in collaboration with clients at risk for suicide and provide psychoeducation on the utilization and storage of their  safety plan.

  3. Recognize and formulate a plan for management of: adaptations for adolescents, cultural humility, client reluctance, and challenging settings.

Course Activities for CE Credits: ≥ 1 hr. 52 min

  • Pre-Course Assessment (~5 minutes) [EXCLUDED FROM ACTIVITIES FOR NBCC & CAMFT CREDIT]

  • Module 1: Beginning Care and Identifying Risk (22+ minutes)

  • Post-Module 1 Assessment (~7 minutes) [EXCLUDED FROM ACTIVITIES FOR NBCC & CAMFT CREDIT]

  • Module 2: Safety Planning (31+ minutes)

  • Post-Module 2 Assessment (~5 minutes) [EXCLUDED FROM ACTIVITIES FOR NBCC & CAMFT CREDIT]

  • Module 3: Considerations and Challenges of Safety Planning (37+ minutes)

  • Post-Module 3 Assessment (~5 minutes) [EXCLUDED FROM ACTIVITIES FOR NBCC & CAMFT CREDIT]

Course Activities Not for CE Credits:

  • Participant Evaluation (5-10 minutes)

  • (OPTIONAL) Supplementary Video Review

  • (OPTIONAL) Written assignment to earn Psych Hub Certification

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