Suicide prevention training offered by Housing First U

Suicide is a major public health issue contributing heavily to the most common causes of death across multiple populations. However, suicide is preventable.

This 1-hour training will offer a standardized approach that can be adapted to a range of settings for the prevention of suicide. Highlighting the importance of basing suicide prevention on culturally responsive approaches, this session will share best practices related to specific cultural groups who are at increased risk for suicide.


12:50-1:00 PM Virtual training room opens
1:00-1:05 PM Welcome & Introductions
1:05-1:20 PM Scope of the problem; risk and protective factors; cultural responsiveness; warning signs
1:20-1:40 PM Standard Care Elements; assessment tools; safety planning
1:40-1:50 PM Treatment modalities; Do’s & Don’ts
1:50-2:00 PM Q&A

Learning Objectives

When attendees return to the workplace, they will be able to:

  • Identify risk and protective factors for suicide and understand the difference between risk factors and warning signs
  • Describe the recommended standard care elements in a behavioral health outpatient setting
  • Identify screening and assessment tools for use in suicide prevention

Target Audience: Social service providers and helping professionals with direct client contact.

Social Work Practice Level: This course is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced BSW/ MSW learners.

Course Delivery Format: Live webinar.

Interactivity: This course will offer 10 minutes of Q&A time and real-time polling.

Social Work Continuing Education Credit: 1 CE Credits*

Fees: $20 general registration; additional $5 for registration with social work CE credit.

Registration includes access to the live event and recording, PDF of slides, and relevant training tip sheets/resources.

Session Facilitators

Ryan Villagran, LSW (he/they) joined Housing First University in June 2021 as a Training Specialist. Ryan holds a Master of Social Work from Temple University with a concentration in Communities & Policy. His clinical background includes delivering psychiatric rehabilitation services in the mental health recovery model at a Community Integrated Recovery Center. Ryan also developed and coordinated a training program in a university setting for social workers serving transitional-aged youth and later taught a Human Behavior in the Social Environment course for graduate social work students. Ryan is involved in organizing efforts around ending mass incarceration and believes in the power of our collective imagination to dream of a better future centered around the most vulnerable members of our community.

Khalil Martin, MSW, LSW (he/him) joined Pathways to Housing PA in 2021 and currently works as a Team Leader on an ACT team for individuals with Opioid Use Disorder. Before this, Khalil worked as a Behavioral Health Therapist at runaway & homeless youth shelters throughout the tri-state area. Khalil also worked for Project HOME and assisted in the creation of the Gloria Casarez Residence which is the first permanent supportive housing for LGBTQ+ young adults in Pennsylvania. Drawing from principles of feminist theory, Khalil uses a strength-based and person-centered approach to assist individuals in understanding and navigating various forms of oppression and how these systems impact one's personal and interpersonal experiences. Khalil received his Master’s degree in clinical social work from The University of Pennsylvania.

Event Details

Date: Monday, January 23, 2023

Time: 1:00PM- 2:00PM

Location: Virtual


ACE approval statement: Housing First University: a program of Pathways to Housing PA, provider #1759, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 01/12/2022 – 01/12/2025. Social workers completing this course receive 1 clinical continuing education credit.

*Housing First University, a program of Pathways to Housing PA, can provide continuing education credits to licensed social workers in 48 of the 50 U.S. states and 10 Canadian provinces. Due to current regulations, CE credits cannot be offered to social workers in the states of New Jersey or New York. If you are not a Licensed Social Worker, please check with your board of accreditation to ensure this training meets your licensing needs.