Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM):
An Online Suicide Prevention Course
Access to lethal means can determine whether a person who is suicidal dies or survives.
This course is designed for providers who counsel people at risk for suicide, primarily mental health and medical providers, but also clergy and social service providers.
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) developed the course in collaboration with the Harvard Injury Control Research Center, the Injury Center at Dartmouth College, and the creators of the original in-person CALM workshop.
The first module explains why reducing access to lethal methods of self-harm saves lives. The second module teaches practical skills on when and how to ask suicidal clients about their access to lethal means, and how to work with them and their families to reduce that access.
The course can be completed in about 2 hours and in more than one session as needed. Providers who successfully complete the course will be eligible to receive 2 clock hours of continuing education credit from the National Board for Certified Counselors and 2 contact hours of social work continuing education from the National Association of Social Workers.
Online Course: Access to Lethal Means and Suicide Prevention