Community Training Program

Crisis Clinic has been a first call for help for people in need of emotional support and social services for over 50 years. Today, we are a nationally recognized leader in mental health, suicide and crisis intervention, and information and referral services. We are proud to offer a series of community trainings designed specifically for mental health and social service providers working in King County. Each course is conducted by a caring, skilled professional with years of hands-on experience in their field.

Crisis Clinic is on the WA State Department of Health’s Model List for Suicide Prevention Training for Health Professionals. Learn more about our CEU offerings by downloading our CEU brochure.

For a full list of trainings in 2016, please download our Community Training Flyer in PDF.

For information about on-site training options for groups of 10 or more, click here.


Trainings Offered:
Suicide and Crisis Intervention (6 CEUs)
ASIST | Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
Suicide Intervention (3 CEUs)
Dealing with Difficult Behaviors
The Art of Referral & Accessing Community Resources


Suicide & Crisis Intervention *[6 CEUs]

How do you determine if someone is suicidal and what can you do to help? In this training, you’ll learn how to recognize the warning signs of suicide and determine when someone is at risk. We’ll explore approaches to crisis intervention and suicide management that anyone can use to more effectively communicate with clients in crisis.

Measurable Objectives

  • Recognize common feelings of people experiencing crisis
  • Identify and recognize characteristics that nearly all suicidal persons share
  • Ask the right questions in order to assess the lethality of a situation
  • Understand the goals of crisis intervention techniques
  • Identify and apply the three parts of the crisis intervention process

Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Crisis Clinic Business Office, Seattle
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$150 Register Now!
(Only $139 with discount code earlybird0526 through 5/26/16)

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Crisis Clinic Business Office, Seattle
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$150 Register Now!
(Only $139 with discount code earlybird0914 through 8/14/16)

*Legal requirements in Washington State require licensed professionals to complete six (6) hours of training in suicide assessment, treatment, and management.This training has been approved for six (6) CEUs for Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, and Licensed Social Workers. WMHCA Provider #1305. This course also meets/exceeds the requirements for for professionals who are required to complete three (3) hours of training in suicide assessment, screening, and referral.


ASIST | Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training *[13 CEUs]

ASIST flyer small for webASIST is a two-day, skills-based training program in suicide first aid. Like CPR, training in suicide intervention develops skills that reduce the immediate risk of death until other resources can be mobilized. ASIST provides practical training for caregivers of all kinds including: first responders, mental health professionals, teachers, social workers, community volunteers, or anyone concerned about family or friends. For more information, please download our ASIST flyer in PDF.

(Cost includes a non-refundable materials fee of $40.Two-day attendance mandatory for certificate.)

Friday & Saturday, June 10 & 11, 2016
Crisis Clinic Business Office, Seattle
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$295 Register Now!

Wednesday & Thursday, August 3 & 4, 2016
Crisis Clinic Business Office, Seattle
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$295 Register Now!

*New legal requirements in Washington State require licensed professionals to complete six (6) hours of training in suicide assessment, treatment, and management.This training has been approved for thirteen (13) CEUs for Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, and Licensed Social Workers. WMHCA Provider #1305. This course also meets/exceeds the requirements for for professionals who are required to complete three (3) hours of training in suicide assessment, screening, and referral.


Suicide Intervention (3 CEUs)

The condensed version of the popular Suicide & Crisis Intervention training focuses on recognizing the warning signs, suicide risk assessment, and safety planning. You’ll also receive information about how to access and find appropriate resources to help keep individuals safe.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Crisis Clinic Business Office, Seattle
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
$75 Register Now!

*Legal requirements in Washington State require licensed professionals to complete six (6) hours of training in suicide assessment, treatment, and management.This training has been approved for three (3) CEUs for Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, and Licensed Social Workers. WMHCA Provider #1305. This course also meets/exceeds the requirements for for professionals who are required to complete three (3) hours of training in suicide assessment, screening, and referral.


Dealing with Difficult Behaviors

Many organizations are committed to providing quality customer service and meeting the needs of their clients while treating them with dignity and respect. This can be a real challenge when someone’s behavior pushes your buttons.

In this training, we’ll give you practical tools and specific strategies you can use when confronted with difficult behaviors in the workplace. Learn to identify the most common difficult behaviors, how to set boundaries, and communicate more effectively. This training is suitable for anyone who regularly interacts with the public as part of their job including receptionists, administrative and customer service staff, as well as supervisors and managers.

Monday, June 27, 2016
PSESD Conference Center, Renton
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
$75 Register Now!

Friday, September 16, 2016
Crisis Clinic Business Office, Seattle
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
$75 Register Now!


The Art of Referral & Accessing Community Resources

There is an art to making referrals, especially at times when resources are scarce. In the first part of this training, you’ll learn interviewing techniques, ways to build rapport, and how to help clients advocate for themselves when seeking assistance.

The second part of this course focuses on quickly and efficiently locating resources using the tools of King County 2-1-1. We’ll show you the best way to navigate our online database, Community Resources Online, as well as how to make use of Resource Talk and Emergency Services Brochures. Learning to apply these tools in concert with one another will allow you to make the most of your time when working with clients.

Thursday, October 13, 2016
Crisis Clinic Business Office, Seattle
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
$75 Register Now!

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Group Training Sessions

Crisis Clinic offers on-site trainings at a discounted price for groups of 10 or more. Group training sessions offer a personalized training experience, as sessions may be customized to suit your needs. Courses are offered separately or can be combined with other trainings of interest to you and your staff.

For more information about group training sessions, please contact Carrie McBride at (206) 436-2978 or training@crisisclinic.org.

Available group training sessions:

  • Accessing Community Resources
  • Art of Referral
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) – 13 CEUs
  • Battling Compassion Fatigue
  • Crisis Intervention – 3 CEUs
  • Dealing with Difficult People
  • Suicide & Crisis Intervention – 6 CEUs
  • Suicide Intervention – 3 CEUs
  • Working with Interpreters