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

Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 12:00p.m. - 3:15p.m.

This session is designed for licensed behavioral health providers who are interested in learning suicide assessment competencies. Current national and local suicide statistics and trends will be reviewed and discussed. The evidenced-based suicide assessment tool, the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale Lifetime recent Clinical Version (C-SSRS), will then be introduced. Participants will have the opportunity to learn the C-SSRS at a pace that allows for discussion and a question and answer period. 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 participants will leave with a understanding of the C-SSRS as well as a list of local resources to assist 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.

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 healthcare professionals need to stay at the forefront of their fields.


Scott Sylvester LMHC


Scott Sylvester, LMHC holds a master of arts in clinical psychology from Bridgewater State University. He has been serving as the behavioral education development specialist supervisor 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. He has been working within the field of behavioral health for 19 years and training staff in the art of de-escalation and crisis management for seven years.


Alicia Ead, LCSW holds a bachelor of science in human development and families studies from the University of Rhode Island and master of social work from Rhode Island College. She has over 10 years’ experience working in multiple settings with diverse diagnostic backgrounds and age stages. She currently works as a behavioral education development specialist in the Department of Behavioral Education at Bradly Hospital providing continuing education and training to Lifespan and community partners. In addition to her time at the Bradley Learning Exchange, Ead provides evaluations for the psychiatric emergency service department at Rhode Island Hospital. She specializes in working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum, social emotional disorders, and executive functions challenges. She uses her knowledge and skill set to support professionals across the healthcare setting and school classrooms. 

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 3 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)


  • Program fee: $49
  • Online registration closes on Wednesday, April 6.
  • To request reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the Rhode Island Hospital CME office at 401-444-4260.  
  • For refund/cancellation information please email or call Elizabeth DeFreitas at 401-606-5753.
  • Participants will receive their link and materials two days before the virtual training.

Register online  

Credit Details

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Rhode Island Hospital and Bradley Hospital. Rhode Island Hospital is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education.   

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. 

Location Information

Trainings will take place via Zoom.