Dec 2 2019
Dec 2 2019: 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 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.


Susan Curria, MS, RYT-200 is currently a behavioral educational development specialist who has been working in the department of behavioral education at Bradley Hospital for the last ten years. The responsibilities in this position include teaching a number of evidence- based curriculum programs in- house and within the community setting. These programs include instructing American Heart Association Courses, Mental Health First Aid, and Safety Care which is a crisis management program. Previous experience within Bradley includes ten years of direct care work as a milieu therapist and supervisor of a residential treatment program and on inpatient units. Susan has been in the field of teaching and behavioral health for over 25 years.

Curria has a master of science degree in human development/ psychology with a concentration in education and is currently in the process of obtaining licensure as a clinical mental health counselor. She is a certified Yoga Instructor for both adults and children with a specialty in trauma- sensitive yoga. She also holds the rank of black belt in a number of martial arts styles including Tae Kwon Do, Yammani Ru, Bo, and Sai. She identifies as a counselor/ educator and hopes to combine the aspects of client education, traditional clinical treatment, and the alternatives of body-based practices to improve the quality of lives with the individuals she works with.    

Jennifer Brown, LMHC is a licensed mental health counselor in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She began serving as a behavioral education development specialist at Bradley Hospital in 2018. She has experience working with children, adolescents and adults with developmental and psychiatric disabilities. Brown has worked in various behavioral health settings with extensive experience in trauma treatment including both victims and offenders of sexual violence. Brown has been working within the field of behavioral health for 18 years and brings with her additional certifications such as personal fitness training, yoga instructor and Reiki Master training.  


  • 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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