Suicide Safer Care
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Expires on May 13, 2024
Credit Offered
1 CME Credit
1 COP Credit

The course is designed to train frontline clinicians and their teams on skills for suicide risk assessment, evidence-based interventions, referral and transition when needed, and how to change the culture of addressing suicide risk across the clinician’s practice. By participating in the course learners will be able to review evidence-based data which will be supported by approaches and application methods.


Recorded webinar

This presentation was recorded on May 6, 2021.

Learning Objectives

  • Provide examples of how frontline clinicians can take action based on risks and warning signs of suicide  
  • Apply suicide- related screening protocols and tools, and
  • Facilitate safety planning and identify resources available.

Target Audience

Psychiatrist, Physician (non-psychiatrist), Residents/Fellows

Instructional Level


Estimate Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 1.0 hour
Program Start Date: May 13, 2021 
Program End Date: May 13, 2024

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course including the evaluation. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the completion date and hours earned.

Continuing Education Credit


The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The APA designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

All financial relationships relevant to this activity have been mitigated.


  • Virna Little, PsyD, LCSW-R, SAP serves as the vice president for Psychosocial Services and Community Affairs. She is responsible for the administration and delivery of behavioral health, community and grant funded programs in twenty six federally qualified health centers throughout New York City and New York States Hudson Valley Region. Dr. Little is also responsible for many of the services the organization provides to the uninsured, including pharmacy and specialty care. Dr Little is responsible for the administrative and clinical oversight of almost 200 staff members. Dr Little is a nationally and internationally known specialist in the integration of health and behavioral health services. Dr. Little speaks nationally on topics surrounding integration, the development of viable behavioral health services in community settings and strategies to implement effective depression identification and treatment programs in health settings. Dr. Little is currently the national depression expert for HRSA Geriatric Education Centers with locations around the country. Dr. Little reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.


  • John Torous, MD, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

Accessibility for Participants with Disabilities

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Technical Requirements

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using any of the following:

  • The latest and 2nd latest public versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari
  • Internet Explorer 11+

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Optimal System Configuration:

  • Browser: Google Chrome (latest and 2nd latest version), Safari (latest and 2nd latest version), Internet Explorer 11.0+, Firefox (latest and 2nd latest version), or Microsoft Edge (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Operating System: Windows versions 8.1+, Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) +, Android (latest and 2nd latest version), or iOS/iPad OS (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows PC: Windows 8.1 or higher; 1 GB (for 32-bit)/2 GB (for 64-bit) or higher RAM; Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
  • Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher with latest updates installed; Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor; 512 MB or higher RAM; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

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