Safety Planning,
A LINC to Life (L2L)

Overview: A research-informed, skills-based training focused on the development of a collaborative
safety plan for someone at-risk for suicide. This training is ideal for clinical and non-clinical staff who
intervene with people in crisis.

Time: 3 Hours

Audience: Clinical Staff, Non-Clinical Staff, Social Service Providers,
Health Professionals or Community Members

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Training Objectives

  • Describe statistics and research that illuminates suicide as a public health concern that requires our attention and intervention in various settings, such as hospitals, primary care, and behavioral health clinics.
  • Understand risk factors that may lead someone to consider suicide.
  • Recognize evidence-based, best-practice tools in screening and assessing risk that lead to the decision to engage in safety planning.
  • Review factors that may lead someone to consider suicide as an option and build confidence that positive, collaborative action can prevent suicide attempts and death.
  • Describe why the My Wellness Toolbox & Crisis Action Plan, a safety planning tool, is an essential suicide intervention and strongly recommended over no-harm safety contracts.
  • Describe the essential components of the My Wellness Toolbox & Crisis Action Plan, including triggers, coping strategies, personal and professional supports, lethal means restriction, reasons for living, and signatures of client and therapist, and how to collaborate with the client to elicit feasible, concrete resources they are likely to implement in a crisis.
  • Construct a collaborative safety planning tool with a person at risk of suicide.
  • Explain the components of a safety planning collaborative tool and their importance for keeping an individual at risk of suicide safe.
  • Explain to individuals at risk of suicide how to use the safety planning tool to keep themselves safe.
  • Discuss how to integrate a My Wellness Toolbox & Crisis Action Plan into a Zero Suicide Care Pathway, and continue to follow-up to ensure ongoing usefulness of the tool and coordinate care.
  • Demonstrate increased knowledge, skills, self-efficacy and intent to act to intervene with persons at risk of suicide using the safety planning intervention.

CEUs available to those licensed with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy
and Mental Health Counseling: Provider Number 50-12347, exp. 3/31/2025


LINC to Life: Evaluation of a Safety Planning Training Program with Clinicians and Mental Health Staff

Ansley M. Bender, Allison Schuck, Amanda L. Peterson, Melanie Rosler, Kim Gryglewicz & Marc S. Karver