Nov 14 2018
Nov 14 2018: 8:00am–11:00am

Suicide: Screening, Prevention, and Response

Mental Health and Behavioral Health


The first step in effective suicide prevention is to identify someone in need of help. Asking three to six simple questions can help determine whether someone needs help and if immediate action is needed. 

In this training, participants learn to administer the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale-Screen Version (C-SSRS Screener), an evidence-based tool used by those without specialized training in suicide assessment. Participants also review current national and Rhode Island statistics on suicide; learn risk factors, warning signs, myths and facts, and local Rhode Island resources. Participants will have the opportunity to practice using the C-SSRS Screener in a safe supportive environment through the use of video demonstrations, case studies and role plays.


Scott Sylvester, LMHC, behavioral education development specialist supervisor,  department of behavioral education, Bradley Hospital, is a licensed mental health counselor in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Sylvester 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. 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, behavioral education development specialist, department of behavioral education, Bradley Hospital, is a licensed mental health counselor and has over 15 years experience in the field of behavioral health. Lafountain holds a master of education in guidance and counseling from Providence College and a bachelor of science in health and physical education from the University of Maine. She is currently employed as a behavioral education development specialist in the department of behavioral education at Bradley Hospital. Lafountain 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.


  • Program fee: $39.00
  • For group reservations and cost, please contact Scott Sylvester at 401-606-6754 or email
  • For additional information, contact Elizabeth Defreitas at 401-606-5752 or email
  • For clinical information about this course or to obtain group rates, contact Scott Sylvester at 401-606-5754 or email

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