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Helping Save Lives Using the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scales

August 15 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am

Reducing Suicide, Reducing Workloads, and Reducing Liability

Helping Save Lives Using the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scales (CSSRS):

Reducing Suicide, Reducing Workloads, and Reducing Liability

The Columbia Protocol, also known as the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS), supports suicide risk assessment through a series of simple, plain-language questions that anyone can ask. The answers help users identify whether someone is at risk for suicide, assess the severity and immediacy of that risk, and gauge the level of support that the person needs. Users of the tool ask people:

• Whether and when they have thought about suicide (ideation)

• What actions they have taken — and when — to prepare for suicide

• Whether and when they attempted suicide or began a suicide attempt that was either interrupted by another person or stopped of their own volition

This webinar will provide an introduction to the CSSRS as a screening tool for suicide prevention.


August 15, 2024 from 8:00 – 9:30am

Please Note:

Registration is limited to 50

Register only if you can attend the live session.

Note: During CHL-sponsored trainings, participants are not permitted to use AI tools for note-taking or recording sessions.If you require accommodations due to a disability, please contact info@healthandlearning.org.

Who should attend

Designated Mental Health Agencies, Primary Care Practices, and Hospital Emergency Department Staff

About the Trainer

Adam Lesser, LCSW, Deputy Director for Implementation, The Columbia Lighthouse Project.

Adam Lesser is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatric Social Work in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and an Adjunct Professor in the Columbia School of Social Work. He is responsible for all Project activities related to public health, including the international dissemination of and training on the Columbia Protocol. Previously, he was the youth suicide project director at the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, where he directed the statewide implementation of the Columbia Protocol and other suicide prevention tools and efforts through their Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Grant from SAMHSA. He has a master’s degree in social work from Smith College and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Tufts University.

There is no cost to attend

This webinar is provided under funding from the Vermont Department of Mental Health


Vermont Suicide Prevention Center
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