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

I absolutely loved your approach to the subject. I feel like your ideas align with my way of working with clients, particularly in that you are centering the relational part of the work rather than some standardized protocol. I appreciate the inclusion of spirituality as a significant dimension in conversations about choosing life.

I enjoyed the worksheets and the personal stories.

good class, appreciate the handouts

Every therapist would benefit from taking this course experienced or not.

I have instantly incorporated this into my practice. Fantastic course.

Thank you for creating and sharing the On The Edge of Life Model. I have done several trainings on suicide. This one was the best. I feel confidant that I will respond with less panic and fear when a client has the courage to share the level of despair they are in. The description of sitting in a sacred space with a person who is willing to share their pain and suffering has forever changed how I will respond to clients. I have recommended this training to several co-workers. This training is a gift. I wish it it could be mandatory for all helping and medical professionals. The Edge of Life Model has the potential to do great things in how suicide is assessed and managed. Mary Ann Kalm, LCSW

This introduction to treating suicidality course was more in-depth than most courses about suicide. It is to the point but also gives tangible and useful skills for managing suicide risk. It normalizes the occurrence of suicidality and also prepares therapists to treat it in the best, most competent, way.

Excellent course. Appreciated the experiential reflection at the start. Very humbling, yet validating, to be able to acknowledge our own fears and the helplessness that we sometimes experience as clinicians, no matter how much we have trained and prepared. Thank you for continuing to expand our understanding of how "to sit on the edge" together with our clients and move past our own discomfort to better join with our clients in their time of deepest suffering.

I am happy my concerns and angst in addressing suicide were normalized and fully addressed. I am now more confident in talking to my clients about suicide and be able to sit with them through their pain, hold that space of confusion and the unknown for them and allow them to process in a manner that can allow their pain to be without my having to retreat into my own mind due to being scared or uncomfortable. This course will help save lives and opens the arena for a healthy discussion between client and therapist. For many of us, we did not know what we did not know until you addressed it in this course. Thank you for the clear road map regarding stressors and strength factors... not only from myself, but my clients aged 3 - 17.

I have taken a lot of courses on assessing suicidality but this is by far the best one I have found so far. I plan to do CAMS next!

This course reminded me of the importance of being present with a client's courage to be in therapy. I really enjoyed it and wish I can hear this course on an ongoing basis to help refresh my mind.

Grateful and honored to hear Amanda's personal experience as well as her knowledge base in assessment and management of suicidal ideation. Such a great model to use!

The Therapist Development Center’s suicide management course is very engaging and informative! It offers concrete interventions and examples of questions to ask an individual who may be thinking of dying by suicide, in order to help them stay as safe as possible. Unlike many online courses, this one is not heavy on written material and only reading, but incorporates a great deal of audio recordings. The information provided is often given during a conversation between Mental Health professionals, and the presentation material is fairly easy to understand. TDC’s founder, Amanda Rowan, also shares her personal mental health struggles to help clinicians better build insight to support clients.

This is such an amazing valuable comprehensive resource laden course. I want to learn CAMS, ZeroSuicide, Brief-Cope, the suicide program for adolescents at the University of Michigan resource, the inventory on critical life events. I have done ASSIST training and spent 3 months in training preparing to work as volunteer 2 nights a week at the Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Crisis line (one and half years) because of the suicidal loss of my brother and best friend. To be there in the moment with the suffering of the client is the key. I love this approach, the review of psychological, biological, social, and spiritual, the important breakdown of the tasks to do with client. Thank you so very much.

Thank you Amanda for creating this Suicide CEU class, it was helpful to know new facts about suicide, our profession and how we all need to keep learning especially about this topic.

I am glad I got the opportunity to take this course. I am currently getting supervised and studying for my LCSW so this course was relevant to information and felt me more prepared while doing my own studying.

This training was great in reducing the anxiety when confronted with addressing suicide ideation with clients. This approached allowed me to sit with my own discomfort and be more confident in addressing the ideation and managing the Courage to Live continuum.

I've worked in the field of social work for over ten years, including working with assessing clients who are suicidal, but now after taking this course, I finally feel competent in managing a suicidal client.

A very helpful reminder how important it is to not shy away from our clients' pain

This course did a fabulous job bridging the gap between clinical training I've received so far and how to implement what I've learned with a humanistic approach. Many clients have given me feedback that other approaches I've used have felt too cold and clinical, too focused on checking off my to-do list to make sure I don't get sued or that my client does not die. This approach still acknowledges the important factors that go into assessment and management, but it adds the component of how to actually sit with a client in their pain and suffering while also developing a level of gratitude and eagerness in exploring their reasons for considering suicide.