Suicide Risk Assessment and Safety Planning



Live Interactive Webinar | December 6 and 7, 2021, 1 - 4:15 p.m. ET 
Instructor: Lindsay A. Bornheimer, Ph.D., LCSW
Level: Intermediate
CEs: 6 CEs are available for $10 fee. Participants must attend both sessions to qualify for CEs.

Review CE accreditation and approvals for this course.

Suicide is a leading cause of preventable death in the United States and worldwide. Nearly 50 percent of individuals who die by suicide see a healthcare provider within a month of death, yet suicide risk assessment and treatment is consistently difficult in practice. With the majority of mental health services in the U.S. being delivered by social workers, it is imperative that risk assessment and safety planning knowledge and skills are in place for our work with clients with the ultimate goal being to prevent premature suicidal death.

This workshop will discuss and present on suicide as public health issue in the U.S., risk and protective factors, warning signs, barriers to help-seeking, risk assessment process and risk formulation, safety planning and cultural humility in risk assessment with use of a clinical case.  This workshop is focused on the adult population.

Target Audience: 

Social workers and other social service providers

Course Delivery Method, Format and Instructor Interaction :

Live interactive webinar with discussion. Instructor will use chat and verbal discussions for Q and A. Login information will be emailed immediately after registration to the email address entered during registration. Attendees are visible to one another in Zoom meeting and are encouraged to be active participants with their camera and/or microphone in order take part in discussion.

System Requirements:

Attendees will need access to a computer with working camera and microphone. All courses are offered using Zoom conferencing software. 

Registration Fees and Deadlines:

Early registration by October 15, 2021: $130
Regular registration by December 5, 2021: $145

CEs: 6 CEs are available for $10 fee. Participants must attend both sessions to qualify for CEs.

Learning Objectives:

  1. List two risk factors of suicide.
  2. List two protective factors of suicide.
  3. Describe one aspect of suicide risk assessment.
  4. Name one suicide warning sign.
  5. Explain one step of suicide safety planning.
  6. Describe one challenge in suicide risk assessment.


Day 1

1 - 2:30 p.m. ET

  • Public health issue of suicide
  • Risk factors, protective factors, warning signs 

Break 2:30-2:40 p.m. ET

2:40 - 4:15 p.m. ET

  • Barriers to help-seeking
  • Group work with clinical cases

Day 2

1 - 2:30 p.m. ET

  • Risk assessment and formulation
  • Safety planning

2:30 - 2:40 p.m. ET Break

2:40-4:15 p.m. ET

  • Cultural humility and anti-oppressive practice in suicide assessment and safety planning
  • Group work with clinical cases

About the Instructors:

Dr. Lindsay Bornheimer is an assistant professor in the University of Michigan School of Social Work. Bornheimer's research aims to examine suicide risk and protective factors, advance theories of suicide and develop and test cognitive-behavioral interventions along with their implementation. Bornheimer was trained during a pre-doctoral fellowship at the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Brown School of Social Work of Washington University in St. Louis. 

Bornheimer's background in psychology and social work involves specific training and expertise in adult mental health practice. She is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with over ten years of experience in psychotherapy with individuals, couples and families in both public and private settings. She completed her clinical training at the New York State Psychiatric Institute,New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City and also received training in CBT at the Beck Institute.

Completion Requirements for Live Interactive Webinars

Live, interactive webinars are synchronous, virtual courses held in Zoom Meeting. To receive a CE certificate, you must attend the entirety of the webinar. Partial credit will not be awarded to those who attend only a portion of the training. Participant attendance is tracked through Zoom. To earn CE credit, participants must also complete an evaluation. A link to the online evaluation will be emailed to participants within 24 hours of the conclusion of the course. It is attendee’s responsibility to contact their state licensing board/certification boards to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements. Receiving CEs is contingent on attendance and completion of the evaluation.

How Will a CE Certificate Be Awarded?

Upon completing the webinar evaluation, participants will be emailed their online certificate​ within 30 days of webinar completion​. ​Participants should save and/or print ​the certificate upon receipt for ​their records.

Continuing Education Credits and Approvals

Continuing Education (CE) credits offered vary by course. This course only offers the CE credits listed below.  It is the attendees' responsibility to contact their licensing board to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements.

Social Work
  • Smith College School for Social Work, #1755, 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. Smith College School for Social Work maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 11/19/2021-11/19/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 6 continuing education credits. 
  • Smith College School for Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is therefore authorized to provide CEs as a postsecondary institution accredited by CSWE in many states. Courses offered through the School’s Program of Professional Education are awarded continuing education credits in accordance with Continuing Education Regulation 258, CMR, 31.00 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 
  • Smith College School for Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0169.


  • Co-sponsored training events for psychology CE credit with Smith College School for Social Work. Amego Prepare​ is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Amego Prepare maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Due to changes in continuing education requirements for NY licensed psychologists, APA CE Sponsor credits may not be accepted for re-licensure at this time. Please check the NY Psychology Board regulations for CE requirements currently in effect.
Counselors (LMHC/LPC)


  • Smith College School for Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7110. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Smith College School for Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

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