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How to use Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM) for Suicide Prevention

June 20, 2023 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

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CALM is a practical intervention to increase the time and distance between individuals at risk of suicide and the most common methods of suicide, particularly firearms. The oldest and most widely-used training on lethal means safety, CALM teaches why means matter and provides tools to intervene effectively with those at risk both upstream – before a crisis occurs – as well as in times of crisis.

This Intro to CALM will be presented in two parts: Part 1: Why use CALM (1 hour) and Part 2: How to use CALM (1.5 hours). Although not necessary, it is highly recommended to attend both parts. Part 1 focuses on why reducing access to lethal means can be an effective strategy to prevent suicide deaths. Part 2 addresses the specific ways you can counsel clients and their families to reduce access to firearms and medications.

Target Audience:

The target audience includes therapists, social workers, psychologists, nurses, certified addiction counselors, certified rehabilitation counselors, certified peer specialists, certified recovery specialists, national board-certified counselors, case managers, and others interested in behavioral health services.

How to use Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM) for Suicide Prevention (Part II)

June 20, 2023     11:30pm-1:00pm



CEUs available:

Mental Health Professionals

Nurses and other health care professionals are awarded the designated .15 number of Continuing Education Units (CEU). One CEU is equal to 10 contact hours. Nurses: For attendance at this program you will receive a Certificate of Attendance confirming the indicated hours of continuing education. These hours may be considered eligible in completing the 30 hours of continuing education required for bi-annual nursing re-licensure in Pennsylvania.

National Certified Counselors

UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5059. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital is solely responsible for all aspects of this program. This program is being offered for 1.5 continuing education hours.


UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education credits for psychologists. UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program is 1.5 continuing education credits.

Social Workers

This program is offered for 1.5 hours of social work continuing education through the co-sponsorship of the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, a Council on Social Work Education accredited and Pennsylvania pre-approved continuing education provider for LSW, LCSW, LPC, and LMFT. Those attending from other states should check with their social work boards on acceptance of, or number for, continuing education through CSWE-accredited.