Suicide in Corrections Part 2: Identifying Suicide Risk

Suicide in Corrections Part 2: Identifying Suicide Risk 

Correctional staff have a duty to protect individuals in their custody and care. This includes protecting them from self-harm and suicide. This course is designed to provide information on identifying risk factors and warning signs for suicide to correctional officers and other staff working directly with detainees/inmates in jails, prisons, and community confinement settings. You will also learn about stressors unique to the correctional environment that may heighten an individual’s likelihood to attempt or complete suicide. You will be given the chance to apply your knowledge in a series of interactive exercises that test your understanding of the course material.


Hours: 1.25


Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

American Jail Association Certification

1.25 HOURS

This activity is approved for 1.25 contact hours.

California Board of State and Community Corrections

1.25 HOURS

This activity is approved for 1.25 STC credit hours.

South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy

1.25 HOURS

This course has been approved by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy for 1.25 hours. CJA Lesson Plan #6118

Course Details

Course Code: REL-PS-0-SICP2
Hours: 1.25
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 10/31/2023
Learning Objectives:
Discuss 4 types of suicide risk factors.
Recognize 15 correctional stressors.
Recognize 15 warning signs for suicide risk.
Explain 4 strategies for identifying suicide risk.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Risk Factors A. Suicide in My Facility B. Terms and Definitions C. Types of Risk Factors D. Screen for Suicide Risk Factors E. 4 Categories of Risk Factors F. Mental Health, Corrections, and Suicide G. Incarceration as a Risk Factor H. Correctional Stressors I. Review J. Summary Section 3: Warning Signs A. The Red Flag B. Priority Warning Signs C. Additional Warning Signs D. Critical Times E. Critical Incidents F. Review G. Summary Section 4: Strategies for Identification A. Strategy 1: Screen for Risk of Suicide B. Caveat C. Screening as an On-Going Process D. Strategy 2: Observe E. Strategy 3: Communicate F. Communicate with Those At-Risk G. Communicate with Correctional Staff H. Impulsive Suicides I. Strategy 4: Educate J. Review K. Summary Section 5: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributors C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations! F. Exam G. BrainSparks

Staff Writer: Kimberly Cobb, MS

Mrs. Cobb is a Lead SME Writer/Trainer at Relias. Her primary writing responsibilities are in the Health and Human Services vertical, in the content areas of public safety and behavioral health. Mrs. Cobb is also the onboarding trainer for new Relias staff joining the Content Department. Mrs. Cobb has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. She has over 24 years of experience working in criminal and juvenile justice. Her work includes direct service, research, and training and technical assistance. She was the statewide evaluator for the Commonwealth of Kentucky for adult, juvenile, and family drug courts; a Research Associate for the American Probation & Parole Association providing training and technical assistance to Native American Nations/Alaska Native Villages on systemic criminal and juvenile justice initiatives; and a Research Administrator for the University of Kentucky.

Disclosure: Kimberly Cobb, MS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Expert Reviewer: Dee K. Bell, PhD
Dr. Dee Bell is a clinical psychologist and consultant in the areas of Restorative Justice, Juvenile Justice and Correctional Assessments. She retired as the Deputy Commissioner of Juvenile Justice at the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice. Previously, she served for four years as the Administrator of the Community Justice Institute at Florida Atlantic University and the Director of the Balanced and Restorative Justice Project sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Prior to these positions, she has worked 30 + years in Community Corrections for Georgia and Florida State Government. Educated at Clemson University and Emory University, she has provided training in both state and national venues for many years and has authored and co-authored a number of articles on justice system issues and adult and juvenile justice curricula and restorative justice in communities and schools. Disclosure: Dee K. Bell, PhD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Correctional Officers; in the following settings: Adult Corrections.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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