Oct 22 2020
Oct 22 2020: 8:00am–11:15am

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

Medical Education, Mental Health and Behavioral Health

About this Presentation

In this training we will review the current national and local suicide statics and trends. We 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.

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.

We will be following the RI Department of Health and CDC Guidelines to maintain everyone's safety.


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. 

Lafountain 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, Lafountain was a trainer for Gateway Healthcare.

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. He has experience working with children, adolescents and adults with developmental and psychiatric disabilities. Sylvester 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.

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.
  • 3.0 CE hours/credits (See below.)
  • Beverages and light snacks will be offered.


  • Program fee: $59
  • Phone registration: Please call the department of behavioral education at 401-606-5752
  • For refund/cancellation information please email bradleyconferencesup@lifespan.org or call Liz DeFreitas at 401-606-5752.
  • To request reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the Rhode Island Hospital CME office at 401-444-4260

Register online

Continuing Education Hours/Credit

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation criteria and policies of the Rhode Island Medical Society (RIMS) through the joint providership of Rhode Island Hospital and Bradley Hospital.  Rhode Island Hospital is accredited by the Rhode Island Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.      

Rhode Island Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Rhode Island Hospital is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Rhode Island Hospital maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

CEUs for this event have been submitted, pending approval by the National Board for Social Work (NASW), designating this live activity for a maximum of 3.0 continuing education credits for certified counselors, marriage and family therapists.