AMSR Training

Starts:  Jun 28, 2022 05:30 PM (CT)
Ends:  Jun 29, 2022 08:45 PM (CT)
Associated with  AAMFT Alabama

Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk Training

AMSR teaches best practices in caring, confident suicide care. The Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR) training helps health and behavioral health professionals feel confident providing compassionate care to people at risk for suicide. AMSR is based on the latest research and is designed to support safer suicide care practices, such as Zero Suicide. The AMSR research-informed risk formulation model offers key strategies to navigate challenging conversations and systemic barriers. AMSR teaches a prevention-oriented risk formulation focused on planning, not predicting.
Suicidal behavior is a major cause of death and disability in the United States. Over 47,000 people die by suicide each year, the equivalent of one major airliner filled with passengers crashing every day. Hundreds of thousands of people are treated in hospital emergency departments each year following a suicide attempt. 

A significant proportion of people who die by suicide have had recent contact with a mental health professional. However, many providers are inadequately trained to assess, treat, and manage suicidal patients or clients.

Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk was designed to address that training gap. It teaches essential core competencies that meet the needs of an entire spectrum of mental health professionals, including psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed counselors, social workers, and employee assistance professionals.

This workshop will provide participants with knowledge in the following core competencies:

• Managing one’s own reactions to suicide 

• Reconciling the difference and potential conflict between a clinician’s goal to prevent suicide and a client’s goal to eliminate psychological pain through suicide 

• Maintaining a collaborative, non-adversarial stance 

• Eliciting suicide ideation, behavior, and plans 

• Formulating Risk 

• Collaboratively developing an emergency plan 

• Planning and Responding to the Suicidal Client 

• Developing policies and procedures for following clients closely 

• Implementing the principles of crisis management 




Part 1-Approaching Your Work

Part 2-Understanding Suicide

Part 3-Gathering Information

Part 4-Formulating Risk

Part 5-Planning and Responding

Mr. Watkins will additionally provide a one-hour consultation via Zoom each month, for three consecutive months, following the training.  Consultation dates/times to be determined.

Presenter: Tony Watkins, MA, LMFT  (AL & KY)

Tony is a Marriage and Family Therapist licensed in Alabama and Kentucky. Tony is an AAMFT clinical fellow and AAMFT approved clinical supervisor. Tony is the clinical director of the masters in Marriage and Family Therapy program at Campbellsville University. Tony also provides clinical services through his private practice, Comprehensive Counseling Solutions, LLC,, located in Arab, AL. Tony utilizes his seventeen-plus years of clinical experience providing support for clients with suicidal ideation, couples with conflicted relationships, adolescents and adults with varying relationship, mental health and substance abuse disorders and children with behavioral problems.

As a trainer and consultant, Tony is a Master Trainer for Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR), Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), and Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR). Tony has provided AMSR training to thousands of mental health professionals and as a Master Trainer and provides T4T's to train new trainers. Tony consults with communities and organizations to create suicide-safer communities and provides training for professionals and non-professionals across the county.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You must provide your desired mailing address during the registration process. This is required so that ALAMFT can mail your manual to you, ensuring that you receive it prior to the training!

DAY 1 - June 28th, 2022

5:30pm-9:15pm (15 minute break included)

CEUs: 3.5

Learning Objectives:

  1. Based on the content of the session, I am able to manage reactions related to suicide and maintain a collaborative, non-adversarial stance.
  2. Based on the content of the session, I have acquired the skills to address potential conflicts between a clinician’s goal to prevent suicide and maintain a client’s safety and a client’s goal to eliminate psychological pain via suicidal behavior.
  3. Based on the content of the session, I have gained an understanding of the definitions and language used when talking about suicide, as well as the data that is relevant to addressing suicide in treatment populations including risk and protective factors, warning signs, and precipitating factors.
  4. Based on the content of the session, I am able to identify key points in treatment when a suicide assessment should occur, the type of information to gather to inform the assessment, and ways to build trust and thus elicit key information about the client’s risk of suicide.


DAY 2 - June 29th, 2022

5:30pm-8:45pm (15 minute break included)

CEUs: 3.0

Learning Objectives:

  1. Based on the contents of this session, I am able to synthesize assessment information into a risk formulation that will help inform next steps in treatment.
  2. Based on the contents of this session, I am able to use evidence-based suicide prevention interventions based on a formulation of the client’s suicide risk.
  3. Based on contents of this session, I am able to understand which evidence-based treatments and suicide prevention interventions to use with clients based on their level of acuity.
  4. Based on the contents of this session, I am able to document the work you do with a client, Risk Formulation, Safety-Planning, actions agreed to and rejected by the client, etc., is critical to ensuring clear communication with the client and central persons, as well as, protecting the provider from civil claims.
  5. Based on the contents of this session, I am able to have conversations related to safety planning, contingency planning, and means counseling interventions.


REGISTRATION CLOSES 6/13/2022 @ 11:59PM.

**Registration includes 6.5 CEs
+ 1 Manual to be Mailed Prior 
+ a One-hour virtual consultation each month, for 3 consecutive months following the training. 

AAMFT is pre-approved as a continuing education sponsor for: National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC): AAMFT has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5209. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. AAMFT is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. Many regulatory boards accept AAMFT event attendance to fulfill CE requirements, but do not have a pre-approval process. If in doubt, check with your board.

Pricing Information

Registration Price
Alabama Network Students $140.00
Alabama Network Members $140.00
AAMFT Students $160.00
AAMFT Members $160.00
Non-Members $180.00
Volunteer Waived

Note: AAMFT members can save $20.00 in registration fees by joining the ALAMFT Network before registering for the workshop. To sign up to be an ALAMFT Network member click this link: Join Now!

**Non-AAMFT and ALAMFT members can save $40.00 in registration fees by joining both AAMFT and the ALAMFT Network.

Cancellation Policy

Due to the nature of the AMSR training:
  • Cancellation requests must be made prior to 5/23/22 for a full refund.
  • Cancellation requests made from 5/23/22 -6/6/22, will be eligible for a 25% refund.
  • Cancellation requests made after 6/6/22 will not be eligible for a refund.

All cancellation requests must be made in writing, and can be sent to

We want to say a big THANK YOU to our sponsor - The SAM Foundation

The SAM Foundation 

The SAM Foundation was created by Nicole Goggans and Julie Smith in memory of their brother, Sam Johnson who died by suicide in 2002. It’s mission is to prevent suicide through public awareness and education. They hope to change the way their communities view mental health and become a resource for those who have been affected by suicide. Under the leadership of Nicole and Julie, The SAM foundation has trained over 5000 individuals in life saving suicide prevention skills. They have also been a key force in creating SPNA, the suicide prevention network of Alabama finally giving Alabama the organized effort of prevention it truly needs and are the lead coordinators in North Alabama. They continue to lobby with state legislatures in hopes of addressing the issue that Alabama has zero suicide prevention funding in their state budget, as well as many other mental health issues the state needs to address for its citizens since it’s daily rate of suicide is higher than the national average.

Registration Dates

Registration Ends Monday, June 13, 2022


Online Instructions:
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Login: TBD

Pricing Information

Registration Price
Alabama Network Students $140.00
Alabama Network Members $140.00
AAMFT Students $160.00
AAMFT Members $160.00
Non-Members $180.00
Volunteer Waived


ALAMFT Leadership Board