Identifying Risk and Response to Suicidal Offenders: Refresher Course

Identifying Risk and Response to Suicidal Offenders: Refresher Course 

Suicide continues to be a large problem in U.S. jails and prisons. Correctional staff must be trained to spot risk factors and warning signs, understand how to implement suicide precautions when necessary, and know how to respond appropriately to suicide attempts and completions. Many national correctional associations and accrediting bodies recommend that staff receive at least 2 hours of annual refresher training on their responsibilities with implementing the suicide prevention program developed by their facility, even after receiving initial training on suicide risk and response during their first year of employment. This course is designed to provide correctional officers and other staff working directly with inmates in jails, prisons, and community confinement facilities with refresher training on identifying, monitoring, and responding to suicide attempts and completions in their facility.


Hours: 2.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

American Jail Association Certification


This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours.

South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy


This course has been approved by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy for 2.00 hours. CJA Lesson Plan #6094

California Board of State and Community Corrections


This activity is approved for 2.00 STC credit hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-PS-0-IRRSO
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 10/31/2023
Learning Objectives:
List 6 key components of a suicide prevention program that correctional officers play an integral role in
Recognize at least 30 risk factors and warning signs of suicide.
Discuss 3 strategies for identifying individuals at-risk for suicide.
Explain response strategies for the 3 most common methods of suicide in prisons and jails.
Identify 4 categories of information that should be included in a report detailing a suicide attempt or completed suicide.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Suicide in Correctional Facilities A. The Issue B. National Standards C. Correctional Officer Role D. Overcoming Frustration E. Review F. Summary Section 3: Identifying Risk, Warning Signs, and Stressors A. Strategies for Risk Identification B. Strategy 1: Screen for Risk C. Strategy 2: Observe D. Correctional Stressors E. Warning Signs F. Strategy 3: Communicate G. Tools to Help You Communicate H. Communication Errors I. Impulsive Suicides J. Review K. Summary Section 4: Responding To Suicide Attempts and Completions A. Suicide in Correctional Facilities B. Invoking Suicide Precautions C. Responding to Suicide Situations D. Act No Matter What E. Documenting a Completed Suicide F. Report Information G. Report Writing Reminders H. Review I. Summary Section 5: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributors C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations! F. Exam G. BrainSparks

Staff Writer: Kimberly Cobb, M.S.
Mrs. Cobb is a Content Writer for Public Safety and Health and Human Services at Relias. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. Mrs. Cobb has 24 years of experience working in criminal and juvenile justice. She has worked in direct service positions as well as in research, training, and technical assistance capacities. 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 managing federal, state, and foundation grants awarded to the College of Medicine, Behavioral Science department, Center for Drug and Alcohol Research, and Kentucky Rural Medical Centers.


Disclosure: Kimberly Cobb, M.S. 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.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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