Suicide Risk Assessment for Mental Health Professionals

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The Christian Counseling Connection Center of Excellence is pleased to present this important and timely continuing education seminar: Suicide Risk Assessment for Mental Health Professionals. The following continuing education notification from the State of Missouri forms the impetus for this class offering.

Continuing Education Notification - Missouri HB 1719 Suicide Prevention Training Requirement


HB 1719 was passed during the 2018 legislative session and signed into law. The bill included language that amended section 337.718.1 RSMo requiring certain health care professionals to complete at least two hours of continuing education in suicide assessment, referral, treatment, and management training, as a condition of initial licensure and subsequent to the renewal of the license. The provision goes into effective August 28, 2018.

After August 28th an applicant for licensure as a professional counselor must maintain documentation of complying with this provision. The aforementioned two (2) hours can be part of the graduate course of study or obtained through self-study. More detailed information will be provided with the application instructions.

License professional counselors are reminded that the effective date of this law means current LPCs must obtain the required two (2) hours of continuing education prior to the expiration date of the license June 30, 2019 and each biennial licensure cycle thereafter. The renewal application will include a question concerning compliance with this provision of the law and licensees must maintain documentation of proof of compliance.


CCC Continuing Education Training Description

Suicide is a significant public health problem in the United States, accounting for nearly 45,000 deaths per year,or 123 deaths per day. Over one million people actually make an attempt to lethally harm themselves every year. This serious problem impacts all nationalities, socioeconomic and educational levels, and all age groups in this country. The problem of suicide may never be eradicated in our society; yet this tragedy is nonetheless preventable in many cases through a careful assessment of risk.

Unfortunately, few mental health professionals feel adequately prepared to gauge the seriousness of a person’s threats of self-harm, and many signs of impending suicide often go undetected. Such shortcomings are further complicated by a host of commonly-held myths about what renders a person truly suicidal. In this training many of the myths surrounding suicidality will be debunked, and the most critical questions which should be used to evaluate the individual’s level of acute risk for suicide will be discussed.


CCC Continuing Education Training Goals

  1. Identify key epidemiological factors related to suicide.
  2. List critical factors related to the process of suicide risk assessment.
  3. Compare and contrast the concepts of predictability vs forseeability of suicide.
  4. List the factors which:
    a. Render an individual at heightened risk of suicide
    b. Serve as a "protective function" against suicide
  5. Incorporate empirically-based suicide risk factors in the performance of a comprehensive suicide risk assessment utilizing the provided risk assessment tool.
  6. Clearly document and verbalize the implications of risk assessment results for individual clients.


Meet the Instructor - Dr. Dona Comfort-Schaefer, PhD, MA, RN, LPC

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Dr. Dona Schaefer is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Nurse in the state of Missouri. She earned a Master of Arts in Higher Education from University of Louisville, a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Lindenwood University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Counseling from Trinity Seminary. Throughout her career in nursing and counseling, Dona has had a passion for teaching and mentoring in both professions and has served as a preceptor and training supervisor for countless adult learners in Intensive Care and Emergency medicine as well as in various counseling roles. She also served as Director of Behavioral Health Intake for SSM Healthcare. In this position she supervised 25 professionals who provided mental health and crisis counseling interventions in seven Emergency Departments throughout St. Louis.

As the owner of Comfort Consulting LLC, Dona currently provides mental health services to individuals in St. Charles County Department of Corrections. In addition, she has conducted training and consultation for representatives of more than 50 organizations on the topic of Suicide Risk Assessment. She developed the Comfort Scale of Suicide Risk (CSSR) which has been adopted for use by a number of healthcare organizations, private practices, schools, and mental health treatment centers throughout Missouri and in several other states.

Dona's private practice areas of expertise include Cognitive and Biblical counseling of women's issues, depression, anxiety, anger, crisis intervention, stress, and spiritual growth. The passion fueling her work is best exemplified in the words of the Apostle Paul when he said "But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God." Acts 20:24

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What you can expect from this training seminar...

Dr. Dona Comfort-Schaefer provides convenient hand-out materials that you may use to follow along and take notes. Her personal goal for the seminar is that, "Attendees may be better equipped to identify clients who are at acute risk of suicide so that more lives can be saved."

The seminar will last approximately 3.0 hours. Upon completion of the seminar and a required questionnaire, you will be issued a formal Certificate of Completion that you may use with your certification authority to gain Continuing Education credit.

Please plan to arrive at least 10~15 minutes early to find a good seat and network with other attendees. No audio or video recording is permitted as the materials to be presented are copyrighted by Dr. Comfort-Schaefer.

Important: All attendees must pre-register and pre-pay online (Paypal and major credit cards accepted) using our secure payment portal.


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Event Properties

Event Date 04-06-2019 9:00 am
Event End Date 04-06-2019 12:00 pm
Registration Start Date 01-26-2019 6:00 am
Capacity 44
Registered 2
Available place 42
Cut off date 04-06-2019 12:00 pm
Individual Price $49.00
Location CCC Home Office

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