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 (77 votes)

Course Reviews

The primary instructor is clearly very knowledgeable and passionate about the topic, and I learned a lot that will help me be more courageous in my assessment and management of suicidal ideation. It's important to support yourself well going through this course, because all of the reasons we clinicians avoid addressing suicide with clients are the same feelings and thoughts that can arise while engaged with the course.

Bravo! The instructors genuinely and bravely took the taboo out of the topic of suicide . They brought fresh air into the consulting room offering clients attunement, understanding and acceptance during their darkest hours. Thank you, Diana

Excellent course, well organized with timely and useful information.

The Edge of Life Model is a client centered humanistic approach that removes the negative associations that can lead to prejudice in the clinical setting. TDC has done it again, by providing a training that is tailored to the greater good of the human condition for the purpose of providing best practice.

I would highly recommend this training. I am grateful I took this course, and now feel more equipped in the area of suicide assessment and management from a humanistic perspective.

This was such a helpful training. I feel more comfortable and confident in working with suicidality in the field. Thank you for this wonderful training!

This is an excellent course on working with suicidality. I believe that learning to meet someone where they are is one of our most powerful tools. This course emphasizes learning those tools and more so that therapists can improve their ability to assess and manage someone who is experiencing suicidal ideation with more confidence and hopefully less fears about their own ability to help.

I thought this course was excellent. I am so glad I took it and certainly plan to use the Edge of Life Model when working with clients experiencing suicidal ideation. I also intend to continue to take additional trainings in this model, as they become available.

In my personal opinion, no other training has ever come close to this course. I believe every mental health provider should be familiar with the Edge of Life model as it includes Spirituality as a protective factor- which is an absolute necessity to provide effective treatment that truly provides hope and "does no harm." 5 stars all around; I will be referring this source to every colleague.

This course has motivated me to take additional courses on suicide.

I know WAY more now about treating suicidality after this course and my first thought now would be, "you got this and you know what to do here" whereas before this course I would have thought, "oh no" and just felt anxious as if the only answer is to commit someone involuntarily who mentions suicidal ideation.

A very comprehensive audio course! I highly recommend this course for anyone seeking to deepen their understanding of suicidality and develop some concrete strategies to assessing and treating suicidal clients.

This is was a great beginner course of Suicide.

A wonderful and sensitive course that truly opened my eyes to the benefits and importance of being competent in suicide risk prevention, assessment, and treatment. This course was a great introduction to encourage me as a provider to continue gaining knowledge on this topic.

This was a fabulous course. I really enjoyed it. A big surprise because I had been dreading the requirement. Thank you. Very inspiring. I will certainly recommend it to others.

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!