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Counseling on Access to Lethal Means - Online Course

Counseling on Access to Lethal Means - Online Course is proudly presented to you by Sweetser CEQ. Thank you. We hope that you enjoy your course.

After completing this course you will be able to:

Explain why reducing access to lethal means is an effective way of saving lives.

  • Describe the role of impulsivity, ambivalence, and differing lethality of methods in contributing to suicide deaths and attempts.
  • Describe how counseling on access to lethal means fits into suicide prevention counseling.
  • Ask your patients/clients about their access to lethal means.
  • Work with your patients/clients on reducing access to lethal means, particularly firearms and medications, including:     
    • Communicate effectively with your patients/clients about this issue.
    • Set goals for reducing access and develop a plan that is acceptable to both you and your patients/clients.


This course is open to anyone. It is designed especially for providers who counsel people at risk for suicide, primarily mental health and medical providers, but also substance abuse counselors, clergy and social service providers.

Course Length

This course can be completed in approximately two hours. You do not have to complete the course in one session; you can exit the course at any time and return later to the place where you left off.

Certificates of completion for 2 contact hours are available through the SPRC website. To receive a certificate you must complete the entire course, pass the post-test with a score of 80% or higher, and answer the feedback survey questions.

This program is eligible for:

  • 2 CE clock hours from the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
  • 2 CE contact hours from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW)


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