10 Hours | 10 CEs

This self-paced training program on Suicide Risk Assessment and Intervention for a Diverse Population is presented by Bruce Bonger, PhD, ABPP; Joyce Chu, PhD; Peter Goldblum, PhD, MPH and Christoper Weaver, PhD

Though almost all mental health professionals encounter suicide risk within their practices, formal training on suicide risk assessment and intervention is sparse. This training focuses on the current gold standards for practice in suicide management. A usable framework and accessible guidelines will ensure that participants are able to competently manage suicide risk in their practice, incorporating the latest standards in suicide science. Course content includes skills in conceptualizing dynamic versus static suicide risk factors, legal and ethical considerations, documentation, and other considerations.

While most health and behavioral health professionals have been trained to manage suicide with similar strategies and guidelines regardless of cultural identity or background, studies have long shown that suicide looks and develops differently in LGBTQ and ethnic minority groups. Through this training, participants will also learn how to incorporate cultural considerations and manage suicide in culturally diverse populations. This training provides a foundational understanding of how suicide differs across cultural groups and covers advances in the culturally competent assessment and management of suicide. Participants will learn state-of-science theoretical, measurement, and applied research, as practical approaches to assist clinicians in accounting for cultural influences on suicide risk among diverse populations. The course utilizes didactic presentation infused with clinical discussion and case practice.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe six key steps of suicide risk assessment and management

  • Describe clinical inquiry about suicidal ideation, behaviors, and risk to individual client needs

  • Describe dynamic versus static risk factors

  • Describe important clinical and legal documentation considerations involved in suicide risk management

  • Describe the latest research on cultural differences in suicide, and culturally competent assessment and prevention of suicide among ethnic minority and LGBTQ populations

  • Describe predominant barriers to training and practice in culturally competent suicide assessment and practice

  • Describe a guiding framework and assessment tools/approaches that advance culturally competent suicide practice with diverse populations

  • Describe a suicide risk case conceptualization and intervention plan

Presented By

Bruce Bongar, Ph.D., ABPP

Dr. Bruce Bongar, Ph.D., ABPP, FAPM, received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and served his internship in clinical community psychology with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. For over 25 years, Dr. Bongar maintained a small practice specializing in psychotherapy, consultation and supervision in working with the difficult and life-threatening patient.

Joyce Chu, PhD

Dr. Joyce Chu is an Associate Professor at Palo Alto University. She earned her B.A. and M.A. in psychology at Stanford University, her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan, and did a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Chu co-leads the Multicultural Suicide and Ethnic Minority Mental Health Research Groups at PAU, and is also Director of the Diversity and Community Mental Health (DCMH) emphasis which trains future psychologists to work with underserved populations in the public mental health sector.

Christopher M. Weaver, PhD

Dr. Weaver is a Clinical Psychologist, and Director of the Forensic Psychology Emphasis at Palo Alto University. He is the lead author of Law & Mental Health - A case-based approach, and is published on police officer training among other topics. He is a co-author of the Police Officer PTSD Toolkit of the National Center for PTSD, with whom he is also collaborating to adapt PTSD support apps for police. Dr. Weaver has co-authored other in-person and video-based police curricula focusing on the topics of PTSD and Implicit Race Bias. He is Principal Investigator evaluating a national VA Police train-the-trainer initiative, and an AP-LS-funded study to develop a suicide risk assessment smartphone app for use by police officers.
  • Intended Audience

    This self-paced course is intended for mental health and other allied professionals.

  • Experience Level

    This self-paced course is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

  • CE / CPD Credit

    APA, ASWB, CPA, NBCC Click here for state and other regional board approvals.


  • 1


    • Review Before Proceeding

  • 2


    • Lesson 1 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 3

    Standards of Care

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Effects of Training

    • SAFE-S

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4

    Firearm Access

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Base Rates of Firearm Possession

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5


    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Clinical inquiry

  • 6

    Forensic Violence Risk

    • Lesson 5 Video

    • Weaver Suicide Risk

    • Effects

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 7

    Practice Vignette

    • Lesson 6 Video

    • Suicide Risk Case Example

    • Dynamic and Static Risk Factors

    • Impact of Clinical Training

  • 8

    Cultural Competency

    • Lesson 7 Video

    • CARS Manual

    • The Cultural Assessment of Risk for Suicide (CARS) Measure

    • CARS Risk Questionnaire

    • CARS Screener

    • A Shortened Screener Version of the Cultural Assessment of Risk for Suicide

    • The cultural theory and model of suicide

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 9

    Gender and Sexual Minority Clients

    • Lesson 8 Video

    • Integrative Clinical Assessment of Sexual and Gender Minority Clients

    • Psychotherapy With Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients: Theory and Practice

    • Suicide Risk in LGBT

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 10

    Inquiry and Management

    • Lesson 9 Video

  • 11


    • Instructions

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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