Mar 28 2019
Mar 28 2019: 8:30am–11:45am

Suicide Assessment Using the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS)

Medical Education, Mental Health and Behavioral Health

Bradley Conference is designed to provide education for psychologists, social workers, physicians, nurses, certified counselors, speech/language and occupational therapists, teachers, milieu associates, and other professionals who work with children, adolescents or adults. Topics address different behavioral health populations and treatment modalities and are intended to provide practical, state-of-the-art information.

Bradley Hospital’s clinical expertise, internationally renowned research, and academic affiliation with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University make the hospital a unique resource in all areas of behavioral health care. We have designed a wide range of learning experiences to provide the training that behavioral health care professionals need to stay at the forefront of their fields.

All sessions in this series will be held at Bradley Hospital at 1011 Veterans Memorial Parkway in East Providence, Rhode Island unless otherwise noted.


Scott Sylvester, LMHC is a licensed mental health counselor in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He has been serving as a behavioral education development specialist at Bradley Hospital since 2013. Sylvester has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with developmental and psychiatric disabilities. He has worked in various behavioral health settings with extensive experience conducting psychiatric assessments in both the community and emergency room settings. Sylvester has been working within the field of behavioral health for 17 years and training staff in the art of de-escalation and crisis management for seven years.

Kimberly Lafountain, LMHC is a licensed mental health counselor and has over 15 years experience in the field of behavioral health. She holds a master of education in guidance counseling from Providence College and a bachelor of science in health and physical education from the University of Maine. Kim is currently employed as a behavioral education development specialist in the Department of Behavioral Education at Bradly Hospital. She works as part of a team that develops and provides competency-based education, evidence-based practices, and continuing education and training programs for employees at Bradley Hospital and Gateway Healthcare. Previously, she worked as a clinician in a community-based program designed to keep children and adolescents in home placement. The majority of her career was spent providing outpatient counseling, specializing in sexual abuse specific treatment and juvenile offender treatment. Prior to joining the Department of Behavioral Education, Kim was a trainer for Gateway Healthcare.


This training will review the current national and local suicide statistics and trends. It will then review the evidence-based suicide assessment tool: Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale Lifetime/Recent clinical version (C-SSRS). Participants will have the opportunity to learn the C-SSRS at a pace that allows for discussion and to ask questions. The content will be enhanced through the use of video demonstrations. Finally, all participants will have the opportunity to practice using the C-SSRS in a safe and supportive environment. At the end of the training all participants will leave with a thorough understanding of the C-SSRS as well as a list of local resources to better assist them when working with patients experiencing suicidality.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify risk factors and warning signs for people at risk for suicide.
  2. Recognize a functional understanding of the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale.
  3. Practice using the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale.
  4. Identify at least three community-based resources to help support patients at risk for suicide.


  • Target audience: psychologists, physicians, social workers, and other interested health care professionals
  • Instructional level: Intermediate
  • ​3 CE hours/credits 
  • Beverages and light snacks will be offered.


  • Program fee: $59
  • Online registration closes on Wednesday, March 27.  
  • Phone registration: Please call the department of behavioral education at 401-606-5752. 
  • For refund/cancellation information please email or call Liz DeFreitas at 401-606-5752.

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To request reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the Rhode Island Hospital CME office at 401-444-4260.