Empowering Response: Advancing Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention Strategies in Trauma-Informed Care Systems

The Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) promotes the importance of implementing an effective crisis response system as it benefits not only individuals, but families and communities as well. “Empowering Response” is a dynamic 5-week Enhanced Professional Learning (EPL) series designed for professionals within healthcare and behavioral health care systems. This series focuses on advancing crisis intervention and suicide prevention strategies through the lens of trauma-informed care, addressing the critical need for sensitive, effective responses to mental health crises that honor the diverse backgrounds and experiences of those in distress.


Every Wednesday, May 15 – June 12, 2024 from 12:00 – 1:30 PM Mountain/1:00 – 2:30 PM Central


At the end of the series, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the key components of effective, trauma-informed crisis intervention and suicide prevention strategies within diverse communities.
  • Apply evidence-based techniques in crisis intervention to reduce risk factors and increase protective factors in acute suicidality.
  • Recognize and address the unique cultural and societal factors influencing mental health crises.
  • Utilize practical skills in empathetic communication, assessment, safety planning, and transitioning care in crisis situations.
  • Develop and implement an action plan for integrating crisis intervention and suicide prevention best practices into their professional setting.


Mental health professionals who are located in the Mountain Pains MHTTC region (HHS Region 8 includes CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, and WY).


  • Attend a live 1-hour Orientation Session on May 15 at 12pm MT/1pm CT
  • Commit to 4-weeks of training for 1.5 hours weekly from May 22 – June 12
  • Complete 1-hour of weekly self-study learning activities
  • Access to appropriate technology to utilize online videoconferencing platform (i.e., an internet connection, webcam, computer/tablet, speakers, and microphone)
  • Be prepared and actively engage while on camera during the scheduled series time.


  • Bianca D. McCall, LMFT


Registration for this series is limited to 35 mental health/behavioral health professionals who work in HHS Region 8 states on a first come first served basis (Region 8 includes Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming). Once the 35 spots have been filled, registration will be closed. Due to limited enrollment, if you cannot commit to the full requirements, please defer this opportunity to others.

Note: It is expected that participants will have access to the appropriate technology to be able fully participate and be on camera during the session. This is not a webinar series and active participation is required to gain/improve skills.


The series has been approved for a total of 11 contact hours (10-hours content instruction and 1-hour orientation session). No credit will be awarded for non-attendance. The knowledge and skills learned should be applied within the framework of any applicable Operating and/or Credentialing regulations in your State of practice.


Please contact Trisha Dudkowski at or by phone at 775-784-6265.

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