6 Hours On The Edge of Life: Introduction to Treating Suicidality
Price: $72.00



                             Suicide Risk Assessment and Intervention Training 


After reviewing and attending a multitude of suicide trainings, Amanda Rowan, LCSW and a team of highly skilled therapists introduce to you the Edge of Life Model, a humanistic, phenomenological approach to treating suicidality that is holistic, practical, and grounded in evidence-based practices.

This course is the culmination of more than a decade of research, exploration and personal experiences as both a clinician and a client impacted by suicide. The course: 1) starts with an experiential activity that provides clinicians with an opportunity to honestly explore their personal reactions to working with clients sitting on the Edge of Life,  2) takes a deep dive into the current state of suicide training in the mental health care field and discusses the deficits that need to be addressed, 3) reviews the phenomenologically grounded Courage to Live Continuum of Risk, an assessment framework that helps clinicians identify their client’s level of risk and understand how their clients can be at different points on the continuum at different points in their life, and the final lecture 4) explores the Edge of Life Model, looking at how the client’s expression of suicidality is a manifestation of deep suffering rooted in complex interactions of the Bio/Psycho/Social/Spiritual life space.

This course lays the foundation to improve a clinician’s ability to build genuine connections with their clients, gain a better understanding of their clients’ suffering, and expand their capacity to attend to clients who are on the edge of life.



This course is appropriate for mental health clinicians at all levels of experience to work more effectively with clients experiencing varying degrees of suicidal ideation.

Therapist Development Center, provider 1449, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Therapist Development Center maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 5/30/21-5/30/24. Social workers completing this course receive 6 continuing education credits.

In California, the BBS accepts courses that are approved under ASWB ACE for all licensees.



Amanda Rowan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the founder and CEO of the Therapist Development Center. Amanda graduated with honors from Dartmouth College where she majored in neuroscience and completed her senior thesis on the neuroscience of the learning process. She earned her Masters in Social Welfare at UCLA. She completed 12 years of intensive Gestalt Therapy and was certified by the Pacific Gestalt Institute.  Since founding the Therapist Development Center in 2008, Amanda has prepared more than 40,000 therapists nationwide to pass their state licensing exams.

Robin Gluck is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She is the Vice President of Continuing Education and an exam coach with Therapist Development Center. Robin was instrumental in creating the law and ethics exam prep program and the MFT clinical written exam. Robin has been teaching law and ethics to associate MFTs since 2012 when she joined TDC. Robin has a bachelor’s degree from Emory University, a master’s degree in public policy from American University, and a master’s degree in marriage and family counseling from San Francisco State University. 

Sharon Greene is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Sharon has been adjunct faculty at the University of Southern California and California State University Northridge in the Graduate Social Work Departments for the past 5 years. She is currently the training director at Providence Saint John’s Child and Family Development Center, which is a nonprofit that provides mental health services to children and their families. She has been providing mental health services to children and their families for over 15 years. She is a certified therapist, supervisor and trainer in Interpersonal Psychotherapy by the Interpersonal Psychotherapy Institute.



Upon completion, participants are expected to be able to:

  1. Describe the phenomenological approach to suicide management
  2. Summarize the meaning of hermeneutics of generosity and its clinical implications
  3. Summarize the current state of suicide training for mental health providers
  4. Explain the various components of the Edge of Life model
  5. Identify and describe each of the five levels of the Courage to Live continuum
  6. Describe the biopsychosocial and spiritual components of the Edge of Life model
  7. List the risk and protective factors identified under the biopsychosocial and spiritual categories



  1. Introduction
  2. Hermeneutics of Generosity
  3. Phenomenology of Suicide
  4. State of the Field
    1. TDC Suicide Survey
    2. USA Today Article
  5. Courage to Live Continuum
  6. Edge of Life Model


REGISTRATION: Please register online at www.therapistdevelopmentcenter.com

PRICE: $72

HOW TO ACCESS THIS COURSE: Once registered, participants will be able to download documents and listen to recorded audio lectures.

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION: The participant will be able to print their certificate of completion immediately after receiving a score of 80% or better on the posttest and completing the course evaluation.

CANCELLATION POLICY: If you contact us prior to completing the post-test you will receive a tuition refund less a $10 cancellation fee.

ADA NEEDS: We are happy to accommodate your ADA needs, please email help@therapistdevelopmentcenter.com.

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Average: 5 (59 votes)

Course Reviews

Very helpful information when working with suicidal clients.


This is a phenomenal training in assessing and managing suicidality in clients. It is clear, understandable, incredibly relatable, and moving. I now have a clearer sense of what to ask, what to be looking for, and how to break down the continuum when working with suicidal clients. This is exactly what I was looking for and the humanistic, biopsychosocial +spiritual model goes hand in hand with my education from The California Institute for Integral Studies. Thank you! I feel very inspired.

Great program! A very practical and humanistic approach for working with clients experiencing suicidal ideation.

Amazing course. Unlike anything else I've taken on suicide assessment and the first course that offered management strategies.

Great training!

I really appreciated the heart felt tone along with the very robust coverage, statistics and overviews of the models, the gaps, and why the ELM has been created. I am going to take seriously your invitations on all fronts: role playing, getting a consult group on board, getting us all CAMS trained, getting connected to psychiatrists and various services in the area for clients, making sure my own self care / community care is in place and integrate these handouts and material into ongoing review and practice. Thank you so much for all you do, and your authenticity and vulnerability. It made everything that much more visceral and real and as always encourages me to continue on a path of ongoing learning and excellence in the spirit of service to our clients.

Excellent course! Super helpful and relevant. I feel so much better prepared now to work with clients. Loved the James Hillman recommended book as well as the book mentioned during the hermeneutics section. As always, courses through TDC are super high quality and worth taking, and confirm that my idea/approach to therapy and grounding in humanism is a good choice.

Top notch suicide training. Aligns perfectly with putting the human first that is right in front of you, which is my number one rule in therapy. Thank you for giving me the words and framework that I have been looking for- a more humanistic approach to those on the edge of life.

Extremely informative. This course gave me a deeper insight in how to manage clients with suicidality. This course hit different than other suicide courses taken. There was heart attached to it and it empowered me to be a better holder of pain for my clients.

Overall, the presentation, the presenters, and training material were awesome and very practical. Again I want to thank Amanda and her assistant for presenting this training. Hope to have more in the future.

I'm so grateful and appreciative of your hard work. Also, your courses are helping others to achieve their goals. Thanks!!

Material was rich and personally and professionally challenging.

Therapist Developer Center never ceases to amaze me!! The materials and information covered and the hands -on experience with the handouts and online practice questions is a Win-Win, for me!! Most Sincere Thanks and Appreciation for the TDC Team!!!

Great course that everyone should take!

Excellent breakdown of the data, research, and very easily applicable to engagement with clients.

Great course!

I used TDC to pass the CA MFT exams for licensure in 2015. I appreciate Amanda's clear style, personal and professional examples, visual models and break down into digestable chunks of audio.

Excellent course. I appreciate and respect Amanda's use of self in conveying the importance of training in the area of suicidality for all mental health professionals.

Great training! It introduced and explored many important topics that we as therapists have on a continuous basis when treating clients. Highly Recommend!