Safety Planning


Introductory | Mental Health Literacy

| 1.00 CE Credits | 1 Hour

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About the Course


The Safety Planning course is part of the Mental Health Ally Series and covers the topic of safety planning for instances of intimate partner violence and suicidal ideation. Although Safety Planning is a standalone course, it is best taken after the Suicidal Behavior Competency course, as it both furthers its content and offers practical ways to help others who are at risk for suicide. This course was created for those who want to help someone in their life who is in an abusive relationship, or who is experiencing suicidal ideation. Based on up-to-date statistics from governing bodies and relevant scholarly articles, this course is full of learner focused activities, live-filmed videos and attractive animations.

NOTE: We recommend completing Mental Health Competency 1 before taking any other Mental Health Ally Series courses.

Estimated Course Length: 1 Hour

Course Includes: 14 sections with components in each section (components consist of a mixed media approach with an animated overview video, a subject matter expert fireside chat, role plays, and a knowledge game)

Companion Videos: 10 companion videos created for enhanced learning on key course topics in Safety Planning; over 120 mental health literacy videos on a host of mental health topics

Downloadable PDFs: 6 downloadable PDFs expanding on relevant course topics

Target Audience: Mental Health and Medical Providers, Healthcare Staff, Case Managers, Employers, Caregivers, Coaches, First Responders, Teachers, Attorneys, and other pertinent professionals

Level of Instruction: Introductory

Prerequisite: None

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

Accessibility Accommodations: Color contrast; transcripts of video components; closed captioning of audio and video components.

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

  1. Identify 2 or more myths about intimate partner violence and 2 or more myths about suicide.

  2. Describe 3 or more key considerations before developing an intimate partner violence safety plan & 2 factors in writing the safety plan including how roles differ & safety plan uniqueness. The description must include aspects of both emotional & physical safety.

  3. Summarize suicide risk assessment including four questions that serve as a screener for identifying suicide risk. The summary must include one key consideration to developing a safety plan for suicide and four steps to include in writing the safety plan.

  • Course Overview & Introduction (5+ minutes)

  • What is a Safety Plan? (1+ minute)Intimate Partner Violence (4+ minutes)

  • Common Myths Often Associated with Intimate Partner Violence (4+ minutes)

  • Key Considerations for Developing a Safety Plan (1+ minute)

  • Developing a Safety Plan (2+ minutes)

  • Additional Factors of a Safety Plan (6+ minutes)

  • Suicidal Behaviors (1+ minute)

  • Risk and Protective Factors Associated with Suicide (2+ minutes)

  • Common Myths About Suicide (2+ minutes)

  • Assessing for Suicide Risk (12+ minutes)

  • Creating a Safety Plan (12+ minutes)

  • Knowledge Check (1+ minute)

  • Discussion Summary & Course Outro (2+ minutes)

  • References

  • Post-Course Assessment (8+ minutes)

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