5 Hours | 5 CEs

This self-paced training program on Suicide Assessment Manual for Inmates (SAMI) is presented by Alana Cook, PhD.

Dr. Cook reviews major concepts related to risk assessment and management of suicide for inmates, teaches participants how to rate the risk factors on the SAMI, and reviews how the SAMI is used in practice.

The Suicide Assessment Manual for Inmates (SAMI) is a set of guidelines for the comprehensive assessment of suicide risk of inmates based on the Structured Professional Judgement (SPJ) model. Populations of use are individuals of risk for suicide in custodial populations. Initial validation research on the SAMI is published in the SAMI manual.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the major concepts related to suicide risk assessment for inmates

  • Describe how to rate the risk factors on the SAMI

  • Describe how the measure can be used in practice (implementation issues)

  • Practice and receive feedback on the application of the SAMI to five training cases

Presented By

Alana Cook, PhD

Dr. Alana N. Cook, R.Psych. works in private practice providing treatment and psycholegal assessment services in and around Vancouver, BC. She is a Registered Psychologist of the College of Psychologists of British Columbia. She holds academic positions as an Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Psychology at Simon Fraser University and as an Instructor in the School of Criminal Justice and Security at the Justice Institute of BC. She has worked in the past as a Psychologist for the BC Forensic Psychiatric Service Commission (BC Forensic Psychiatric Hospital) and as a Senior Psychology Advisor for WorkSafe BC. Dr. Cook completed her PhD in clinical-forensic psychology at Simon Fraser University and her Master’s of Science in clinical psychology at Pacific University. She also completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship with joint appointments at the Mental Health, Law, and Policy Institute in the Department of Psychology at Simon Fraser University, the British Columbia Forensic Psychiatric Service Commission, and ProActive ReSolutions. Dr. Cook focuses her work at the intersection of psychology and law, specifically on psychological and forensic assessment, treatment, and policy. In her clinical work, she has conducted evidence-based assessment and treatment across the spectrum of mental disorders, including Serious Mental Illness and Personality Disorder, in both inpatient and outpatient settings within forensic and non-forensic contexts. Her professional work has included consultations with various mental health and law enforcement professionals, delivery of training workshops in violence risk assessment and management, and teaching, mentoring, and supervision of students.
  • 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

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  • 1


    • Review Before Proceeding

  • 2


    • Questionnaire

    • SAMI Manual

  • 3

    Context & Key Concepts - Part 1

    • Lesson 1 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4

    Context & Key Concepts - Part 2

    • Lesson 1a Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5

    SAMI Overview

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6

    Coding the SAMI Items

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 7

    Risk Ratings, Formulation, & Management

    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 8


    • Lesson 5 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 9

    Case #1: Mary

    • Lesson 6a Video

    • Case: Mary

    • Submission Directions

    • SAMI - Mary Case Worksheet Submission

    • Submission Verification

  • 10

    Gold Standard: Mary

    • SAMI Gold-Standard

  • 11

    Mary Items ratings and Case #2: Mateo

    • Lesson 6b Video

    • Case: Mateo

    • Submission Directions

    • SAMI - Mateo Case Worksheet Submission

    • Submission Verification

  • 12

    Gold Standard: Mateo

    • SAMI Gold-Standard

  • 13

    Mateo Item ratings and Case #3: Jackson

    • Lesson 6c Video

    • Case: Jackson

    • Submission Directions

    • SAMI - Jackson Case Worksheet Submission

    • Submission Verification

    • Suicide Assessment Manual for Inmates Training Rating Form

  • 14

    Gold Standard: Jackson

    • SAMI Gold-Standard

  • 15

    Jackson Item ratings and Case #4: Patrick

    • Lesson 6d Video

    • Case: Patrick

    • Submission Directions

    • SAMI - Patrick Case Worksheet Submission

    • Submission Verification

    • Suicide Assessment Manual for Inmates Training Rating Form

  • 16

    Gold Standard: Patrick

    • SAMI Gold-Standard

  • 17

    Patrick Item ratings

    • Lesson 6e Video

    • Questionnaire

  • 18


    • Instructions

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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