Suicide (No Videos Provided)


NOTE: This is a No Video Provided (NVP) Course. Your purchase includes the workbook and online test only. Videos are not included. NVP Courses are designed for use in small groups where one member has purchased the full course with the videos and additional workbooks are needed. If you do not already know someone who has the videos, you will need to purchase the full course as the videos are not included in this purchase option.



No word brings more alarm, fear, pain or concern than SUICIDE…. A comprehensive and biblically-based training program to identify and help those who are contemplating suicide is now a reality! The Suicide “PAIR” Certification Program, developed through Light University and the American Association of Christian Counselors, brings together some of the world’s foremost counseling experts. This innovative curriculum offers what you need to incorporate effective prevention and intervention strategies for your practice or ministry! Cutting-edge techniques include the SAFE-T method and are designed to help educate and equip you to:

– More accurately and effectively assess suicide risk
– Create intervention strategies
– Help establish policies and procedures
– Offer systemic and best-practice approaches
– Understand legal and ethical principles
– Become aware of, and provide consideration to, those with serious suicidal behavior, as well as
those who struggle with chronic suicidal ideation

No matter your role—seasoned clinician, pastor, school teacher, youth worker, medical professional, law enforcement officer, college administrator or student in training—learning and utilizing a systematic and sequential process for evaluating suicide risk in those you work with can help save lives and provide a buffer against malpractice suits.

This course includes 12 lessons, complete with comprehensive text and exams. We have included two bonus lessons specifically for ministry leaders, educators, coaches and more.


SIPR 101: The Dynamics of Suicide: What, Why, Who and How

In this presentation, Jennifer Cisney Ellers describes factors that increase suicide risk, as well as common methods, risk factors, and ways to help.

Jennifer Cisney Ellers, M.A.

Run Time: 57:59

SIPR 102: Choosing to Die: A Model of Understanding

Jennifer Cisney Ellers reviews Dr. Thomas Joiner’s model of understanding how and why suicide occurs. It is important for caregivers to provide preventative support, education and training in these situations.

Jennifer Cisney Ellers, M.A.

Run Time: 51:30

SIPR 103: A Theology of Suicide: Biblical Principles and a Christian Response (Not for LPC, LMFT, LCSW CE Credit)

Our Christian response to suicide needs to be one of confronting bad theology and thinking; encouraging people against using trite statements and, instead, urging good theology and practices; and practicing the ministry of presence. Ultimately, we can trust the Lord and know His love is powerful.

Frank Page, Ph.D.

Run Time: 44:41

SIPR 104: Mental Illness and the Epidemiology of Suicide

Suicide is a complex issue with multiple contributing genetic and environmental factors. Mental illness is a key factor in identifying someone as having a predisposition for suicide. Methods are discussed, along with common triggers and general warning signs. Protective factors and prevention strategies are important in dealing with people in suicidal crisis.

Linda Mintle, Ph.D.

Run Time: 49:31

SIPR 105: The Digital World, Sociology and Suicide Risk

Today’s culture is one of distraction. Technology is everywhere and impacts how we relate to the people around us. This extensive technology brings negative influences on our lives. More and more people are fitting into the category of languishing rather than flourishing and thriving. An epidemic of loneliness and isolation is leading to an increase in suicide.

Slyvia Frejd, D.Min. and Catherine Weber, Ph.D.

Run Time: 44:37

SIPR 106: The Ethics of Suicide Intervention

During ethical decision making, the mental health provider should identify the problem and potential issues involved, know and review all ethics codes, laws, regulations and policies, obtain consultation, consider all possible courses of action, choose what appears to be the best course and follow through, and document the process and outcomes.

Miriam Parent, Ph.D.

Run Time: 47:50

SIPR 107: Suicide Prevention and Intervention with Adults

This lecture is critical for anyone working with adults in a caregiving setting. Participants will discover risk factors for suicide. Key scripture and biblical examples of depression are reviewed. Definitions of prevention and intervention will be explored for Christian clients. Dr. Scalise and Jennifer Cisney Ellers will describe why prevention is the best intervention and outline protocol for suicide intervention, including the A.C.T. and S.T.O.P methods.

Eric Scalise, Ph.D. and Jennifer Cisney Ellers, M.A.

Run Time: 54:10

SIPR 108: Suicide Prevention and Intervention with Adolescents

Suicidal behaviors, suicidal ideation, and non-suicidal self-mutilating behaviors (SMB) are issues surrounding today’s adolescents. Today’s youth may engage in SMB to stop bad feelings, feel something (even if it is pain), punish themselves, relieve feelings of numbness or emptiness, feel relaxed, or give themselves something to do when alone.

Joshua Straub, Ph.D.

Run Time: 51:07

SIPR 109: Conducting a Suicide Assessment: Using the Safe-T Model (with role plays)

In this session, Dr. Gary Sibcy reviews and unpacks the Safe-T 5 Step Evaluation & Triage System for Suicide Assessment developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the American Psychological Association (APA). Through three role plays, Dr. Sibcy demonstrates how to use this method with clients of varying suicide risk level.

Gary Sibcy, Ph.D.

Run Time: 1:06:50

SIPR 110: Families in Crisis: The First 48 Hours Following Suicide

Discovering the body of someone who has committed suicide or receiving a death notification can be traumatic to the point that the chemistry of the brain changes in the immediate aftermath. Throughout this tumultuous time, caregivers can provide emotional and practical support that minimizes further secondary wounds to survivors.

Jennifer Cisney Ellers, M.A. and Kevin Ellers, D.Min.

Run Time: 49:39

SIPR 111: Grieving a Suicide: Long-term Support for Survivors and Loved Ones

In this session, Jennifer Cisney Ellers and Dr. Eric Scalise will describe the complicated grief that follows a suicide and the experience of survivors. Strategies to facilitate healthy grieving and healing are outlined. Viewers will also learn what is unhelpful and how to avoid responses that cause further alienation and shame for survivors.

Eric Scalise, Ph.D. and Jennifer Cisney Ellers, M.A.

Run Time: 52:52

SIPR 112: Caregivers in Crisis: When Clients Take Their Lives

Counselors who have lost a client to suicide often describe the event as one of the most profoundly difficult experiences of their professional careers. In this session, you will learn how to prepare or care for yourself in the event of a client’s suicide, and you will learn how to care for other clinicians who have experienced this devastating event.

Eric Scalise, Ph.D. and Jennifer Cisney Ellers, M.A.

Run Time: 50:32

Bonus Lessons

SIPR-BS01: The Ethics of Suicide Intervention for Educators and Church and Community Leaders (Not for LPC, LMFT, LCSW CE Credit)

Working with people in suicidal crisis is a very stressful and ethically complicated scenario. The ethical principles of beneficence, non-maleficence, autonomy, justice, fidelity, and veracity are important when dealing with individuals in regard to suicide. It is important to note that laws differ in each state when it comes to duty to warn/duty to protect and end of life legislation.

Miriam Parent, Ph.D.

Run Time: 48:52

SIPR-BS02: Conducting a Suicide Intervention: The Role of Ministry Leaders and Caregivers (Not for LPC, LMFT, LCSW CE Credit)

In this session, Dr. Sibcy again utilizes the Safe-T method, but this time with an emphasis on the role of pastors and other lay caregivers in conducting a suicide intervention. It is of utmost importance that when a suicide risk is clearly present, referral systems are in place to get the at-risk parishioner to a trained clinician who can help.

Gary Sibcy, Ph.D.

Run Time: 50:18

Continuing Education   

8.5 CE Credits available for LPC, LMFT, and LCSW.  

The American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) offers some psychologists, therapists, counselors, social workers and play therapists Continuing Education (CE) credit due for good standing with certain states and a limited number of professional organizations. It remains the responsibility of each participant to be aware of state licensure and CE requirements.  Participants should check their state and/or local regulations regarding required continuing education hours. For more information Light University Continuing Education programs, please visit:


14 CE Credits available for IBCC Credential Holders.

The International Board of Christian Care (IBCC) is a growing, vibrant, and recognized segment of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and is open to all qualified mental health professionals, pastors, chaplains, para-professionals, and lay counseling ministry leaders who identify themselves as Christian counselors, life coaches, and crisis responders.

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