Suicide Prevention Course

Identifying, Assessing, & Responding to Suicide Risk”

Instructor: Gregory M. White, MS, LMHC, CCHP


 WSDOH Approval #TRNG.TG.60715084- SUIC: On the Model List for Suicide Prevention programs in Washington State for health professionals


To host this training, please contact Mr. White at


This course will include research information from agencies such as the World Health Organization (WHO), the American Association of Suicidology (AAS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for an in-depth look at the prevalence of suicide, the warning signs, symptoms of depression, risk and prevention 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 DCRs 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 (Webinar Presenter, Risk Management Consultant, Suicide-Reduction-Risk-Tip videos), Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. (editorial and accreditation assistance for counselor CEs), Winning Focus, Inc. (Suicide Prevention flyer & Webinar Presenter), 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 adult children.  His faith and family come first and, when he has time, he also enjoys a variety of activities including camping, hiking, biking, playing the piano, cooking, and traveling.


Northwest Family Life has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6300


Host this seminar at your agency for $100 per person (Minimum 5 participants)

Agencies that have hosted this training: Northwest Medical Specialties (via Zoom), Salish Behavioral Health Administrative Services Organization, Pacific Northwest Counsel of Nephrology Social Workers (via Zoom),Cascadia (via Zoom), Navos (via Zoom), Wrightway Counseling, Lummi Behavioral Health, CoHear/BCS, Briarwood Health Center at Timber Ridge, Samaritan Center of Puget Sound, The Skokomish Tribe, MultiCare Auburn Medical Center, Sophie Trettevick Indian Health Center, The Center, and The Everett Clinic.  Here are some of the responses and endorsements from these agencies:

“You engaged a diverse audience with a well‐researched survey of information…Personal anecdotes, video clips, and small group work engaged the audience. The presentation made excellent use of updated sources and supplementary material. Mental health clinicians, substance use professionals, and peer counselors reported that they felt the training improved their practice.” Amy Browning, LICSW, Care Manager/Systems Coordinator for Salish Behavioral Health Administrative Services Organization

“His expertise and experience working with individuals who are suicidal will contribute to the knowledge others will gain when participating in his trainings. Mr. White will keep you engaged from real life stories of those in crisis to the techniques he shares that have shown to be successful. We completed his training feeling more confident in our clinical practice when working with our patient population.” Dawn Menchen, MSW, LSWAIC, Chair of the Pacific Northwest Counsel of Nephrology Social Workers

“It went above my expectations.  I have had suicide-related trainings before and usually leave feeling overwhelmed, heavy-hearted, and with only a little new knowledge.  This one was very informative, and I appreciated that it was presented in a way that was respectful to the topic, but not burdensome to the participant.  Thank you!  Participant from Cascadia training

 The speaker was excellent and well-versed in suicide and suicide prevention.  I enjoyed the mix of lecture, media, and breakout groups. I’m very picky on speakers, and found this presentation to be excellent” Participant from Navos training

He is an engaging speaker that is willing and able to adapt to his audience. Greg provided current information and answered questions appropriately and with great insight. He promoted a positive learning environment…Everyone in attendance was impressed with his presentation of this challenging topic. I would encourage all professional therapists, first responders and non-profit personnel to participate in at least one of his trainings.” Joel Wright, MA, LMHC, Founder of Wrightway Counseling Services, Arlington, WA

“It reduced my anxiety towards these situations by providing tangible tools & skills…Providing the specific frameworks & screening tools…the specific questions to ask & topics, variety of resources…Extremely helpful” Participant from Lummi Behavioral Health

“On behalf of the CoHear/BCS staff, I want to thank you for your training of “Identifying, Assessing, and Responding to Suicide Risk”.  Your wisdom, years of experience and understanding the of the scope of this issue made the training interesting and challenging for us.  You encouraged us as mental health providers to sharpen our awareness and strengthen our courage to openly address this issue with our clients.  Your self-disclosure, empathy and sincerity modeled to us how to genuinely and appropriately relate to our at-risk clients.  I can highly recommend you and your training to other health professionals dealing with suicide risk.”  Brian L. Whitney MA, LMFT, LMHC, S-PSB, Clinical Director CoHear/BCS, Bellevue, WA

 We had the pleasure to have Mr. Gregory White provide suicide prevention training at our Health Center in July 2019.  His class was very interactive and full of knowledge.  His real life experiences with patients made his class interesting…Our staff was fully engaged in his class…Greg encouraged participation from the staff…I would recommend his class to anyone looking to get suicide prevention training.”  Monica Jaswal, Staff Development Nurse, Briarwood Health Center at Timber Ridge, Issaquah, WA

“Greg was extremely helpful to our staff in providing accessible, useful, comprehensive clinical information about suicide prevention in a style and manner which was encouraging, hopeful, and skill-sharpening…The team was grateful for his leadership, his flexibility, his deep knowledge of this field and his skillful service to our team in this area. We could not have wished for a more comprehensive or useful training on this topic and highly recommend Greg for training, collaboration, and consultation.”  Laura Benton, MS, LMFT, Clinical Training Director, Samaritan Center of Puget Sound.

“I would like to extend my highest appreciation to Gregory White from the people who attended his training in the Neah Bay community…He was extremely knowledgeable and his sense of humor was a great asset to a very hard topic…I would highly recommend him to any organization or team that needs to be fully informed on all the aspects of this topic.” Betty Poffenbarger, Behavioral Health Manager, Sophie Trettevik Indian Health Center, Neah Bay, WA

 “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 

 “Case studies were on point…Provided additional tools to use to help others…Knowledge of issue very good; so relayed info well.” Participant from The Skokomish Tribe

 “Risk assessment tools very helpful. Stories, practice with cases, videos are awesome!…How to intervene, what words to use, topics to approach, to reach a place of hope.”  Participant from MultiCare Auburn Medical Center

 “Helped my confidence and anxiety on the topic”…“I will definitely be more aware of risk factors and now have useful Risk Assessment Tools”  Participant from The Everett Clinic


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