This page contains information about trainings and other educational opportunities available in Colorado and online.
CAMS is an evidence-based, suicide-focused treatment framework backed by 30 years of clinical research and 5 randomized controlled trials. To learn more about the training, visit CAMS-Care.com.
The Office of Suicide Prevention has partnered with the CAMS team to offer free trainings to clinicians and other mental health professionals in Colorado, who provide ongoing behavioral health treatment. If you are a behavioral health provider interested in participating, you may sign up to receive information about future training dates on our CAMS Interest List.
Providers who have already been trained in CAMS now have the option of registering on the CAMS Clinician Locator, which will route new clients to your practice, particularly those looking for competent clinicians, trained in evidence-based suicide-specific treatments.
Counseling on Access to Lethal Means can help you feel prepared to talk with people about means safety.
Reducing access to lethal means, such as firearms and medication, can determine whether a person at risk for suicide lives or dies. This course is about how to reduce access to the methods people use to kill themselves. It covers who needs lethal means counseling and how to work with people at risk for suicide—and their families—to reduce access.
This is a course for behavioral health clinicians who work in Colorado hospital emergency departments on how to counsel parents/guardians of youth who visit the ED with a behavioral health emergency on reducing their child’s access to lethal means of suicide at home, especially firearms. Colorado has created a training module and protocols for pediatric emergency department providers. Following a successful pilot at Children’s Hospital Colorado in 2014, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention funded a research team to expand the study in Colorado with additional protocols. The SAFETY Study, a three-year trial of lethal means counseling combined with distribution of medication and gun lockboxes, concluded in 2019 with published results both in the Annals of Emergency Medicine and Injury Prevention.
To access the free online training, please visit www.train.org/colorado and search for course 1076412 “Lethal Means Counseling: A Role for Colorado Emergency Departments to Reduce Youth Suicide.”
This free, online course from the New York State Office of Mental Health and Columbia University describes the Safety Planning Intervention and how it can help individuals, explains when to work with individuals to create a safety plan, and describes the steps in creating a safety plan.
Safety planning and means reduction are integral parts of comprehensive suicide care. Clinicians should collaboratively develop safety plans with all persons identified as at risk for suicide, immediately after identifying the risk. The plan should include steps for lethal means safety, balanced with respect for legal and ethical requirements under federal and state laws. In order to develop effective safety plans and organizational policies for lethal means assessment and counseling, training for staff is typically necessary and the input of those with lived experience is essential.
By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to (1) identify safety planning and lethal means reduction as part of a comprehensive Zero Suicide approach; (2) discuss ways to maximize the effectiveness of a safety plan; (3) develop an organizational policy for lethal means reduction; and (4) explain the importance of input from people with lived experience during safety planning and means reduction policy development.
BRIEF INTERVENTIONS FOR CLINICAL CARE USING THE ZERO SUICIDE FRAMEWORK
Training includes a 2.0 hour online course designed to provide a practical and effective approach for service providers working with patients experiencing mental health and substance-use struggles (including suicidal thoughts). The course includes four “micro-interventions” which can be delivered in 5 minutes or less. CMEs and social work CEs available. Registration Link.
A parallel training for the general public is available. Share with those you provide services to, and with their friends and family members. Link for Community Course: http://bit.ly/CommunityCourse.
IMPLEMENTING THE NEW NATIONAL GUIDELINES WITH PRACTICAL RESOURCES
Training includes a 2 hour online course (including an independent work assignment) for primary care and other service providers. The course covers the new national guidelines for work with patients at risk for suicide as well as free evidence-based resources to share with suicidal patients. Free CMEs. Registration Link.
GATHERING CONFIDENCE AND MOMENTUM AS A DBT SKILLS EXPERT
Training includes a 26 hour online course for service providers working with people experiencing mental health and substance-use struggles. The course includes 12 DBT Skills taught over a 12-month period. Micro-Interventions Course is a prerequisite. CMEs available. More Details (register and complete Micro-Interventions to be auto enrolled in this course).
The Office of Suicide Prevention is pleased to provide our partners across Colorado FREE access to the LivingWorks Start suicide prevention gatekeeper training. LivingWorks Start is a one-hour, online, interactive training program that gives you the skills and knowledge to keep family, friends, co-workers, and others safe from suicide.
To access the training, click here and enter access code: OSP Gen. Please note that licenses are available for use on a first come, first served basis. Please do not share the URL and access code outside of Colorado.
*LivingWorks Start works best with Google Chrome, Firefox, or Microsoft Edge browsers. It is NOT Internet Explorer compatible. If you have any questions or issues accessing the training, please contact Dymond Ruybal at Dymond.Ruybal@state.co.us.
In an effort to subsidize costs passed on to QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) training participants in Colorado, the Office of Suicide Prevention is pleased to consider your application for free QPR training booklets for use in the workshops you facilitate. After completing the application, we will be in touch to review the details of your request. To request QPR materials, please fill out this application.
* Please only request materials if you have identified a QPR trainer and have a training scheduled. Thank you.
Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Mental Health First Aid is a live training program — like regular First Aid or CPR — designed to give people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to recognize and respond to the warning signs of specific illnesses. Mental Health First Aid teaches participants a five-step action plan, ALGEE, to support someone developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis. To locate a trainer or access funding support, please visit www.mhfaco.org.
S.A.V.E. is a one- to two-hour gatekeeper training program provided by VA suicide prevention coordinators to veterans and those who serve veterans. Optional role-playing exercises are included. The VA Eastern and Western Colorado Health Care Systems offer free Veteran Suicide Prevention S.A.V.E. (“Signs”, “Ask,” “Validate,” and “Encourage” and “Expedite”) trainings to anyone who knows, works with, lives with, or cares for Service members, Veterans, and their families. Trainings can be provided virtually or in person, and time commitment is 75 minutes.
Brief overview of suicide in the veteran population.
Suicide myths and misinformation.
Risk factors for suicide.
Components of the S.A.V.E. model (Signs of suicide, Asking about suicide, Validating feelings, Encouraging help and Expediting treatment).
Eastern Colorado Veterans Administration Contact: VHAECHSuicidePreventionTeam@va.gov
Western Colorado Veterans Administration Contact: Rainy.Reaman@va.gov