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Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM)

Course Description

Access to lethal means can determine whether a person who is suicidal lives or dies. This course explains why means restriction is an important part of a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention. It will teach you how to ask suicidal patients/clients about their access to lethal means, and work with them and their families to reduce their access.

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.


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Register or Log-in to the Course

Register or log-in at https://training.sprc.org/login/index.php to access this course.


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 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. 

Certificate of Completion

To receive a certificate of completion you must complete the entire course, pass the post-test (passing score is 80% or higher), and answer the feedback survey questions.

SPRC can provide only one certificate of completion per course for each participant. We do not offer continuing education credits for any of our courses.