Colloquium Series

Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM) Virtual Training

Portrait of Celia Spacone, PhD.

Celia Spacone, PhD
Coordinator of Suicide Prevention Coalition of Erie County | Crisis Services


  • Date: Thursday, September 17, 2020
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET
  • Location: Virtual Colloquium (zoom link will be provided)

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death for Americans of all ages and the second leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 34. We know that many of those who attempt suicides are ambivalent about suicide. Preventing these suicides, which may be impulsive, sometimes can be accomplished by reducing access to lethal methods of suicide, particularly firearms and medication. This workshop addresses the ethical rationale for and the method to attain means reduction in a counseling session using the following four steps: 

  1. Explain that you believe that the individual or family member is at risk for suicide and why you have made that determination. 
  2. Describe how they can reduce the risk by reducing access to lethal means. 
  3. Review specific steps they can take to remove or at least reduce access to firearms, medications and other lethal means. 
  4. Make this a part of a more comprehensive suicide prevention strategy. 

This workshop includes didactic Power Point presentations, viewing a model counseling session, discussion and practice role play. The ethics code for APA and ACA will be referenced. 

3 CEs for LMSW/LCSW/LMHCs, and 3 ethics CEs for CRCs available!

The University at Buffalo Counseling Services is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists, recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0504, and recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0129. The University at Buffalo Counseling Services maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The University at Buffalo’s Department of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology is approved by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification to sponsor continuing education for Certified Rehabilitation Counselors, Sponsor Code 405996.

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