Course Summary

Practice Level: Beginner

This course, based on TIP 50, provides information on working with clients with substance use disorders who have suicidal thoughts and/or behaviors. It covers: Basic suggestions for addressing suicidal thoughts and behaviors; Background information about suicide and substance use disorders, including risk factors and warning signs for suicide; A four-step process for addressing suicidal thoughts and behaviors in substance abuse treatment; and, A set of competencies counselors should incorporate to work effectively with clients who are suicidal.

Course Format

This course contains downloadable online lessons (PDF) and a practice test. When you’re ready, purchase the course by clicking the “Add To Cart” button. This will let you take the test, complete the course evaluation and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the incidence of suicide.
  • Describe risk factors for suicide.
  • Explain suicidal intent.
  • Describe protective factors for suicide.

Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • Getting Ready to Address Suicidality
  • Background Information
  • GATE
  • Procedures for Substance Abuse Counselors
  • Competencies



The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. SAMHSA leads public health efforts that advance the behavioral health of the nation. On SAMHSA states that its mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on communities in America.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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