6 Hours Suicide Risk Assessment and Intervention Training
Price: $72.00





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: 4.9 (18 votes)

Course Reviews

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.

Fantastic course that all therapists can benefit from!

Amazing!! Thank you for all you are doing to help our field!

I love the course as it helped me understand the importance of addressing suicide and not running away from it. I agree that there is a need in my life and practice to have a better understanding of how to help someone with suicidal ideation. Perfect timing and instruction for me.

An overall wonderful course that speaks directly to the experience of the therapist and provides a framework on how to work with someone who is having thoughts of suicide. Having already taken courses such as ASIST and organizational-specific courses, this course amplified and will help to supplement my existing treatment practice.

I have to reiterate ( Amanda ) is just an amazing person, without her I would have never passed my IL- LCSW Exam, and hearing her stories of how she has had so many struggles , I now know why she was so warm and empathic to my learning struggles, and my anxiety and depression after failing the examination so many times (12) to be exact. Amanda made me believe that I could overcome anything and just like the edge of life when she says sit with the client , that's what she and her staff did for me, they were in my corner til i passed.. I am so proud to collaborate on this course and support her vision.

I love You Amanda, and Thank you
Kory :-))