206-363-9601 hope@nwfamilylife.org

Suicide Prevention Training

March 2014


Next training in 2018: March 23.                           Please visit Mr. White’s website to register: www.gregwhitetrainings.com                                          



WSDOH Approval #TRNG.TG.60715084- SUIC: On the Model List of Suicide Prevention Programs for Washington State health professionals:  25 seminars completed with 194 participants since 2013.


Northwest Family Life is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. 6 CEs earned; NBCC #6300.



This course will include research information from agencies such as the World Health Organization (WHO), the American Association of Suicidology (AAS), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for an in-depth look at the prevalence of suicide, the warning signs, symptoms of depression, and risk factors.  Case examples, stories, research articles, and interviews with professionals will be presented throughout the training with opportunities for participants to evaluate their own understanding of this subject. Mr. White will provide helpful risk assessment tools and present an approach he developed entitled, “A.N.C.H.O.R. Management of Suicide Risk” that includes the key components for working effectively with suicidal clients.


Gregory White received his Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University in 1983.  Early on, his professional experience included working in a residential treatment program for teens, private practice, and outreach crisis intervention for families.

For 23 ½ years Mr. White worked as a mental health professional at the Snohomish County Jail in Everett, WA.  During that time he assessed hundreds of people who made suicide statements, suicide gestures, and serious suicide attempts.  Mr. White has had extensive experience working with families, clinicians, psychiatric providers, courts, and DMHPs when developing treatment plans and safety plans for at-risk detainees returning back to the community.

Mr. White has provided subject matter expertise for the National Institute of Corrections (Technical Resource Provider & Crisis Intervention Team instructor), the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (Academy & CIT Instructor), OmniSure Consulting Group (Suicide-Reduction-Risk-Tip videos), Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. (editorial and accreditation assistance for counselor CEs), Winning Focus, Inc. (suicide prevention flyer), the National Commission on Correctional Health Care conferences (break-out session presenter), and the law firm of Kirkpatrick & Startzel, P.S. (jail mental health consultant).

Mr. White has lived in Washington for over 40 years and is married with 2 children.  His family and faith come first and, when he has time, he also enjoys a variety of activities including camping, hiking, biking, coaching soccer, playing the piano, cooking, and traveling.




“Excellent presentation and wonderful additional information…Not boring…Loved case studies…Lots of information to implement with current knowledge”

“Illustrating skills through engaging case examples and creating a welcoming learning opportunity through discussion”

“I learned about the wide ranging attitudes and mindsets of those who are suicidal”…“The tools and resources will be helpful in my professional practice”…“I’ll be more aware of risk factors in my work and will be more confident in my response”…“The instructor’s personal experience was very helpful in elaborating on the topics”

“Offered very good practical resources/interventions”…“Case studies were particularly helpful”…“Gained a good amount of new knowledge that covered a wide range of issues related to suicide”… “Gives me clear assessment tools for clients w/ideation”…“Years of experience and depth of knowledge”


“Great resourcing”…“Great content – thorough and engaging”

 “The points of storytelling he gave”…“His life experience and organized way of giving it!”


“We recently utilized Mr. White’s expertise for our clinical team for suicide prevention.  We have been providing clinical treatment for 31 years and we have experienced many trainers.  Greg White is in the upper 1% of professional presentation, knowledge, and communication skills.  Our entire team really enjoyed and benefited.”  Dr. Greg Jantz, PhD, CEDS, Founder, The Center, Edmonds WA

“Open discussion was very helpful; especially in the presence of knowledgeable clinicians & providers”… “I especially appreciated the ‘collaborative’ approach when dealing with the suicidal patient”… “I can tell that a lot of work was put into making the presentation helpful/useful”… “Great job of integrating real life situations with clinical practical situations.  His years of experience have helped him relay important info to us.” Participant from the Everett Clinic Behavioral Health team (training hosted by the Everett Clinic, Everett WA)

“We are thankful for two recent presentations Greg White led at our church on the topic of suicide…Both trainings were highly valuable for our staff and met our specific needs.  We found Greg to be engaging and knowledgeable…He was willing to tailor his presentation to fit the needs of our team leaving us better equipped.”  Lupe Maple, Community Support Director, Northshore Community Church, Kirkland WA


“It helped me feel more equipped to help those in these severe circumstances.  It has built my confidence”…“Very, very helpful & timely.  Can use immediately”

“Beyond suicide assessment – how to intervene therapeutically with a suicidal client, to get them moving in a new direction”

“Opened my eyes to the great number of risk factors and warning signs to look for…Wealth of information and experience”

“The stories of Greg’s experiences gave me new insights into this issue with clients…My   resources have been broadened beyond my expectations. So pleased with this day and presentation”


“How to navigate conversations/interventions around suicide”…”The examples/cases he gave and the way he framed conversations around safety”

“Lots of good stats and experience”…”took away some of the unknown”

REGISTRATION & FEE:  Please visit Mr. White’s website to register, pay, and reserve your place for one of the training dates: www.gregwhitetrainings.com. Register early because seating is limited.  If you would like to contact Mr. White, please do so at gregwhite.trainings@gmail.com; or call him at 425-263-7188.  Late registrants may pay at the door with checks – made payable to Gregory M White –  or with a major credit card (a processing fee of 2.82% will be added).

  • Standard Rate: $165.00 per person
  • Agency Group Rates of 2 or more: $145.00 per person
  • NWFL Affiliates: $125.00 per person

If your agency would be interested in hosting this training, the cost would be $100 per person (minimum of 5 participants). Please contact Mr. White at gregwhite.trainings@gmail.com and he will be in touch with you to make arrangements.

TIME:  Classes are from 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM.

LOCATION: Shoreline Free Methodist Church – 510 NE 175th St, Shoreline, WA 98155 . (I-5 Exit 176; go 4 blocks east to Shoreline Free Methodist Church.) Use the main entrance – the training room is straight ahead through the double doors.  There will be a 1-hour lunch break on your own; several restaurants are located nearby.

“Identifying, Assessing, & Responding to Suicide Risk”



  • First Responder Story (Video)
  • By the end of the training…
    • Participants should be able to identify the signs and symptoms of a suicidal client
    • Participants should be able to accurately assess the client’s risk factors
    • Participants should be able to provide a reasonable plan for the client’s safety/welfare
  • Course Overview


  • Global Relevance
  • National Prevalence
    • Stats & Rates
    • Age & Gender Differences
    • Methodology


10:00-10:15  BREAK


  • I-S  P-A-T-H  W-A-R-M

10:30-10:45  DEPRESSION

  • Significance
  • Symptoms
  • Link to Suicide

10:45-11:45  RISK FACTORS

  • Chronic Risk Factors (Static)
    • Perpetuating
    • Predisposing
    • MH Disorders & Suicide Risk
  • Contributory Risk Factors
  • Acute Risk Factors (Dynamic)
  • Precipitating/Triggering Stimuli
    • A “Crash Course” (skills practice)

 11:45-12:45  LUNCH 


  • Interviewing
  • Assessment Tools
    • S-L-A-P
    • Reasons to Live vs Reasons to Die
    • Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale
    • Scale of 1-10
    • Future-Oriented Questions
  • Assessment Outcomes
    • DMHP Interview (Video)
  • Documentation & Consultation

2:15-2:30 BREAK


  • Assess (Ability) – Know Your Stuff
  • Navigating (Nuances) – Know Your Client
  • Confidence (Calm) – Know Your Self
  • Helpful (Tools) – Know Your Options
    • Safety Planning
    • DBT: Distress Tolerance Plan
  • Optimism (Hope) – Know Your Attitude
  • Resources (Referrals) – Know Your Network
    • Medications
    • National Resources


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