Child Focus Training Center


Wednesday, November 23, 2022 8:30am to 4:30pm EST

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Child Focus Training Center 
4633 B Aicholtz Road
Cincinnati, OH 45244

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Shelley Drummond-Training Center Office Manager 
Child Focus Training Center 

                 Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR)                             Core Competencies for Health and Behavioral Health Professionals Working in Outpatient Settings

Wednesday, November 23, 2022 8:30am to 4:30pm - In Person

4633-B Training Center- Conference Room C


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IMPORTANT: Please email Shelley Drummond If you do not receive a Registration Confirmation Email

Fee: $150.00 includes required training manual

CEUs: 6.0

Suicidal behavior is a major cause of death and disability in the United States. Over 30,000 people die by suicide each year, the equivalent of one major airliner filled with passengers crashing every two days. Hundreds of thousands of people are treated in hospital emergency departments each year following a suicide attempt.

A significant proportion of people who die by suicide have had recent contact with a mental health professional. However, many providers are inadequately trained to assess, treat, and manage suicidal patients or clients.

Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk was designed to address that training gap. It teaches essential core competencies that meet the needs of an entire spectrum of mental health professionals, including psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed counselors, social workers, and employee assistance professionals.

Participants will gain knowledge in the following core competencies:

  • Managing one’s own reactions to suicide 
  • Reconciling the difference and potential conflict between a clinician’s goal to prevent suicide and a client’s goal to eliminate psychological pain through suicide
  • Maintaining a collaborative, non-adversarial stance
  • Eliciting suicide ideation, behavior, and plans
  • Making a clinical judgment of the risk that a client will attempt or complete suicide
  • Collaboratively developing an emergency plan
  • Developing a written treatment and services plan that addresses a client’s immediate, acute, and continuing suicide ideation and risk for suicide
  • Developing policies and procedures for following clients closely
  • Implementing the principles of crisis management

Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk includes:

  • A mix of lecture, paired practice, written exercises, and video modeling
  • An engaging and stimulating participant manual, including bibliographies for each of the five major section
  • Post-workshop access to additional resources on a web page exclusively for AMSR participants and trainers

AMSR is designed for health care providers who have a master's or doctoral degree in a behavioral health field, including:  

  • Social workers 
  • Professional counselors 
  • Marriage and family therapists 
  • Psychologists 
  • Psychiatrists 
  • Psychiatric nurses 

Please click here for more detailed information on AMSR training

Presenter: Melanie Palmer is an Independently Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with Supervisory Status and American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Approved Supervisor. She is the Training Officer/Clinical supervisor for Child Focus and therapist at Melanie Palmer, LLC working with First Responders. She has over 25 years of experience working with clients on a variety of issues in many settings. Melanie is a certified instructor for Keeping Children Safe: Child Abuse and Neglect Curriculum for Early Childhood Professionals, Stewards of Children Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Program and Youth Mental Health First Aid. She is also a certified instructor for QPR, a Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Program, QPRT Suicide Risk Assessment and Management program, QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Instructor's Master Trainer and Assessing, Managing Suicide Risk: Core Competencies for Behavioral Health Professionals (AMSR) Trainer, Working Minds Suicide Prevention in the Workplace as well as a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) trainer. Melanie develops and facilitates trainings on a variety of topics including trauma-informed care, suicide education, family relationships, parenting, stress management and self-care, communication, and more. She has completed Level 1 and Level 2 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and has training to utilize Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in treatment. She collaborates and partners with several systems including mental/public health agencies, schools, judicial, law enforcement, business, faith based and other communities in efforts to expand and enhance knowledge to improve the quality of life for all.                    

Continuing Education                                                                                                                                  Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists: The Child Focus, Inc. Training Center is approved through the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. This program is offered for 6.0 clock hours of continuing education for counselors, social workers, and marriage and family therapists. Social Work Provider#: RSX129410 Counselor Provider#: RCX029503. Marriage and Family Therapist Provider# RTX091001.                                                                    Psychologists: The Child Focus, Inc. Training Center is approved by the Ohio Psychological Association MCE program to offer continuing education for Ohio psychologists. This program is offered for 6.0 clock hours of continuing education for psychologists. Child Focus, Inc., 00PD-3109-52668, maintains responsibility for the program.     

Late arrivals and/or early departures certificates will be amended.

Please note:  Because we are not able to control the room temperature to fit everyone’s needs, we encourage you to dress in layers to better accommodate your personal comfort level.

Child Focus Training Center is accessible to wheelchairs. If you need any of the auxiliary aids or services identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact Melanie Palmer at