Suicide Care Trainings

In collaboration with Mental Health America of Wisconsin, the Behavioral Health Training Partnership is pleased to offer suicide care trainings for mental health professionals and health care providers supporting individuals who may be at risk of suicide. These five unique training opportunities are made possible through grant funding from the Department of Health Services to promote best practice and evidence-based techniques in recognizing, assessing and managing suicidal thoughts and behaviors.  Interested participants must be practicing in Wisconsin.

Virtual Sessions will be offered live via Zoom using Canvas the university digital learning management system. Training access instructions will be emailed to registered participants one week prior to the training. If you have not received your email yet, please email or Joanne

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Crisis Response Planning (CRP)

June 17, 2022
8:30am - 12:30pm
Virtual, via Zoom 
Fee: $15
Continuing Education Hours: 4.0

This workshop is designed to enhance individuals’ knowledge about crisis response planning for managing acute suicide risk, and to increase their ability to confidently and competently administer this intervention with at-risk individuals. The first half of the workshop provides didactic knowledge about suicide, the development of the crisis response plan intervention, and its empirical support, all of which are designed to increase knowledge. The second half of the workshop includes clinical demonstrations by the instructor and skills practice by attendees, which are designed for individuals to acquire skill competency.


David Rozak
David Rozek, Ph.D.
David Rozek, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at UCF RESTORES (, with a tenure-seeking appointment in Psychology. He received his PhD from the University of Notre Dame, completed his residency at the Orlando Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and worked as a research fellow at University of Utah with an emphasis in clinical neuroscience.

Prior to joining UCF RESTORES, Dr. Rozek held faculty appointments in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Utah and as the Director of Training at the National Center for Veterans Studies. He is a Beck Scholar and regularly provides training around the country to clinicians and medical professionals on best practices for suicidal patients.
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When Conversation Turns to Suicide

July 11 -14, 2022
8:00am - 12:00pm, daily
Virtual, via Zoom 
Fee: $50
Continuing Education Hours: 16.0

When Conversation Turns to Suicide is a training for providers, peer supporters, family, friends and others in the community who want to build understanding, and develop skills to aid them in more effectively supporting others who might be struggling with suicidal thoughts. 
This training is rooted in the 'Alternatives to Suicide' approach and offers an alternative to more medicalized suicide prevention and related programs such as QPR, ASIST, and Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) that tend to emphasize largely ineffective and potentially harmfully coercive assessment and referral strategies.

Participants in this training will explore: 
•    Myths and misunderstandings related to suicide and how to help
•    The relationship of trauma, and losses of power and control to suicide
•    An alternative framework for support
•    Ways to share power in your supporter role
•    Ways to take care of yourself both before and after offering support
•    How to influence change in suicide prevention policies and beyond

Each training participant will receive a training manual full of resources to support them in advocating for, facilitating and sustaining groups

Wildflower alliance
The Wildflower Alliance
BHTP is partnering with The Wildflower Alliance to provide this unique training experience. The Wildflower Alliance supports healing and empowerment for our broader communities and people who have been impacted by psychiatric diagnosis, trauma, extreme states, homelessness, problems with substances and other life-interrupting challenges.

Essential to their work is recognizing and undoing systemic injustices such as racism, sexism, ableism, transphobia, transmisogyny, and psychiatric oppression.
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Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS)

August 30, 2022
8:30am - 4:00pm
Virtual, via Zoom
Fee: $25
Continuing Education Hours: 6.5

This educational training is intended for any mental health provider who would like an overview of clinical suicidology and the CAMS framework. The content of the morning section of the educational training would first emphasize current epidemiology rates and commonly accepted theories of suicidal behaviors. Then, we would shift to discuss guidelines for suicide-specific assessments, suicide-focused intervention packages, and the benefits of each for addressing suicidal ideation and suicide behaviors. The afternoon section would then provide more information about the problems CAMS can specifically answer. We would first describe the CAMS philosophy and recommended practices in detail, and we'll use several video clips to demonstrate what CAMS looks like, how it hones in on "drivers," and what the average course of care entails. 

Jennifer Crumlish
Jennifer Crumlish, Ph.D.
Dr. Jennifer Crumlish received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at The Catholic University of America in 1996.  She completed her pre-doctoral internship at St. Elizabeths in Washington, D.C.  Her interest in research started while working in the Biological Psychiatry Branch in the NIMH at NIH during graduate school.

She has taught courses in the graduate psychology program at Catholic University in psychopathology and diagnostic assessment, and supervised students in the psychotherapy program.  From 2006 until 2017, Dr. Crumlish was a consultant to the D.C. Department of Human Services Adult Protective Services division and conducted capacity evaluations of adults throughout the city. 
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Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR) for Outpatient Settings

September 21, 2022
8:30am - 4:00pm
Virtual, via Zoom
Fee: $25
Continuing Education Hours: 6.5

AMSR for Outpatient Settings is a one-day training workshop for behavioral health professionals.   The 6.5-hour training program is based on the latest research and designed to help participants provide safer suicide care. Health care providers face many challenges when working with patients and clients at risk for suicide. Some patients may not disclose thoughts of suicide, and even when they do, the health care provider must make judgment calls about unpredictable outcomes, often with insufficient or contradictory information. This training will develop the five areas of competency for AMSR:

•    Approaching your work
•    Understanding Suicide
•    Gathering Information
•    Formulating Risk
•    Planning and Responding

AMSR’s research-informed risk formulation model helps behavioral health professionals feel confident navigating challenging conversations and offers key strategies for providing compassionate care to people at risk for suicide. Joanne Tulachka, an authorized expert AMSR trainer, will teach essential skills through videos, live demonstrations, and paired and written practice.

Joanne Tulachka
Joanne Tulachka, MA, LPC, CSAC
Joanne Tulachka, MA, LPC, CSAC,  started with Behavioral Health Training Partnership in November 2018 as the Training Coordinator. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree from UW-Stevens Point with a degree in Psychology and her Master's Degree in Community Counseling from Lakeland University. Joanne is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor in the state of Wisconsin.

Prior to working with BHTP, she worked for 18 years in county human services as a Mental Health and AODA Counselor along with being the Crisis Coordinator where she provided direct crisis intervention and worked closely with the court system through Chapter 51. She is also a trained IDP assessor that allows her to complete court ordered assessments for people convicted of operating while intoxicated.