Washington Suicide Prevention Training for Health Professionals

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Fulfills Mandatory Washington Suicide Prevention Training Req. For All Professionals


Washington Suicide Prevention Training ,Suicide Prevention Training, Suicide Prevention Training for WA Health Professionals – 3 Hour
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2017 Model List ApprovedSuicide Prevention Training for WA Health Professionals – 6 Hour
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Washington Suicide Prevention Training Requirement for Health Professionals:

Six-hour training for suicide assessment, treatment and management: The following professions are required to take a six-hour course: social workers, licensed mental health professionals, nurses, marriage and family therapists, naturopaths, osteopathic physicians/surgeons/physician assistants, physicians and physician assistants, psychologists, and retired active licensees of the above professions.

Three-hour training for suicide screening and referral: The following professions are required to take a three-hour course: certified counselors and advisers, chemical dependence professionals, chiropractors, occupational therapists and assistants, and physical therapists and assistants. These health professionals can also choose to take any of the approved six-hour training instead.

Three-hour training for pharmacists and dentists (suicide screening, referral and imminent harm via lethal means): Pharmacists and dentists can choose from the three-hour training or the six-hour training.

Legislation (RCW 43.70.442) requires that the health professions listed below take a suicide prevention course that meets their hour and content requirement before the end of the next full continuing education reporting period. Implementation dates vary by profession. After identifying the suicide prevention training requirements for a profession, find courses on the 2017 Model List.

For specific questions about Washington Suicide Prevention training requirements or whether a particular training is appropriate for your health profession, please contact the program manager or executive director of your profession’s board or commission.

People in the following professions must complete Washington suicide prevention training: (Click Here)

ProfessionHours of Training and FrequencyCore Training Components and Content
Social workers

  • Advanced social workers
  • Advanced social worker associates
  • Independent clinical social workers
  • Independent clinical social worker associates

* began January 1, 2014

Six hours at least once every six years
Certified counselors | certified advisers

* began January 1, 2014

Three hours every six yearsSuicide screening and referral
Chemical dependence professionals

* began January 1, 2014

Three hours every six yearsSuicide screening and referral
Chiropractors

* began January 1, 2016

Three hours one timeSuicide screening and referral
Dentists

* beginning August 1, 2020

Three hours one time
  • Suicide screening and referral

Assessment of issues related to imminent harm via lethal means

Dental hygienists

* beginning August 1, 2020

Three hours one time
  • Suicide screening and referral
Licensed mental health professionals

* began January 1, 2014

Six hours at least once every six years
Licensed practical nurses (LPN),
registered nurses (RN) and
advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNP)
– certified registered nurse anesthetists are exempt* began January 1, 2016
Six hours one time
Marriage and family therapists

* began January 1, 2014

Six hours at least once every six years
Naturopaths

* began January 1, 2016

Six hours one time
Occupational therapists and assistants

* began January 1, 2014

Three hours at least once every six yearsSuicide screening and referral
Osteopathic physicians and surgeons

– holders of a postgraduate training license issued under RCW 18.57.035 are exempt

* began January 1, 2016

Six hours one time
Osteopathic physician assistants

* began January 1, 2016

Six hours one time
Pharmacists

* began January 1, 2017

Three hours one time
Physicians

-residents holding a limited license
issued under RCW 18.71.095 (3) are exempt* began January 1, 2016

Six hours one time
Physician assistants

* began January 1, 2016

Six hours one time
Physical therapists and assistants

* began January 1, 2016

Three hours one timeSuicide screening and referral
Psychologists

* began January 1, 2014

Six hours at least once every six years
Retired active licensee for one of these professions:

  • Naturopaths
  • LPNs, RNs, or ARNPs
    (certified registered nurse anesthetists
    are exempt)
  • Osteopathic physicians and surgeons
    (other than a holder of a postgraduate
    osteopathic medicine and
    surgery license)
  • Osteopathic physician assistants
  • Physician assistants
  • Physicians
    (other than a resident holding a limited
    license)

* began January 1, 2016

Six hours one time
Retired active license as a dentist

* begins August 1, 2020

Three hours one timeAssessment of issues related to imminent harm via lethal means

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