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 (69 votes)

Course Reviews

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!

This was such a good course. Amanda adding her personal experience was a wonderful addition and added to the credibility of the course. Thank you for sharing your story! Since taking this course, I had two courage to live clients and your course has been a breath of fresh air. I am still a little wobbly but I feel more confident and directed on how to help my clients.

Thank you for this training - I wish I would have had it while in graduate school. We need to change our curriculum and licensing requirements; this is such a necessary piece to our practice.

I work with high risk kiddos in an outpatient program. I used the skills learned in this training during an intake with a teen who was recently released from hospital. Thank you for the support. Looking forward to taking the clinical course for my exam .

I can’t recommend this enough. It frames Suicide treatment in a way that feels organic and easy to navigate. It’s really helped me calm my anxiety around treating SI.

As always, Amanda brings a level of clarity and insight that hits the sweet spot of being relevant to my practice and being easily digestible at the same time. I did my licensure prep with Amanda, and this course on suicide went way beyond what other courses offer. With more CE credits needed, I will always look first at Therapist Development Center.

Overall I thought the training was great, it certainly made me interested in a full training. It makes me sad that for my license renewal this is all I would need to take, I feel, as you guys pointed out in your training, the expectation is too low, regarding training in this area. Thank you for doing this.

Fantastic course, thorough and very well planned. So very valuable and definitely increased my confidence in my practice.

Thank you!

Such an important and wonderful training. Effective and poignant. Exactly the type of training the mental health profession needs more of!

A wonderful wonderful training package!! I highly recommend this particularly to DBT therapists...this is a huge missing link for our training on supporting clients

I love the model and authenticity of the delivery and engagement.

This course and model presented was incredibly thorough and practical. Amanda's candor and vulnerability about her own struggles immediately drew me in and kept me riveted. It felt so personal and human. I was surprised that it was possible for me to feel so at ease during a training covering such a sensitive topic. It was a reminder of how important it is to really "sink in" and join with our clients. The energy when in the room with a client is what makes this work so dynamic and transformative for the people we serve. Abruptly altering that energy with a worksheet is jarring and can be alienating. As someone that works in both school based therapy and private practice, this course was so valuable and applicable. I have always felt risk assessment and suicide screening tools were such clunky and awkward transitions in real life situations. However, I just didn't have other tools or trainings as "go tos". The Edge of Life model offers such a comprehensive yet humanistic approach. I have already recommended this course to four other colleagues. Thank you so much!