Sierra Mental Wellness Group is excited to announce that the agency’s trainer, David Rogers, LMFT has undergone certification as a trainer in Assessing and Managing Suicidal Risk (AMSR); an evidenced based protocol for assessing suicidal risk developed by The Suicide Prevention Resource Center and The American Association of Suicideology.
AMSR teaches a cutting edge, evidence based process of formulating risk beyond ‘high, medium, and low.’ The training explains how to synthesize specific information in order to inform clinical judgments regarding a patient’s immediate distress and resources at a specific time and place (Pisani, Murrie, & Silverman, 2016).
The goal of AMSR is not to ‘predict’ behavior but to promote communication and collaboration among professionals, patients, and families to reduce risk in the short and long term (Pisani, Murrie, & Silverman, 2016). The formulation resulting from AMSR offers one of the highest standards of care related to effectively managing suicidal risk.
The trainer’s certification process required in-depth, multi-day training at The University of Washington’s School of Social Work. David trained under AMSR master trainer Susan Eastward, M.S.W and other National Mental Health Professionals all interested in increasing the competency of the behavioral health workforce in addressing suicidality.
Participants in the AMSR Training earn 6.5 hours of face-to face training and CEUs, comprised of an engaging mixture of lecture and exercises.
Attendees also will receive the 100-page participant manual containing:
The full curriculum including future readings.
Unexpected tools to use in risk formulation.
The AMSR formula including specific questions, methods, and documentation strategies that surprise new and veteran crisis workers.
Two proprietary safety planning frameworks including templates just to name a few!
Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR): Core Competencies for Mental Health Professionals can be offered multiple times throughout the year and can be arranged to accommodate a specific team’s training requirements and schedule.
For inquiries, please call Sierra Mental Wellness Group at (916) 783-5207
SMWG is very happy to welcome our new Clinical Director.
Suzanne Garafolo, LCSW is bringing her talents to the Agency.
We are pleased to have her join the team of professionals that provide care to those in need.
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SMWG is excited to announce a critical addition to the structure of our Crisis Services team!
In order to continue providing essential crisis response services and effectively fulfill our contract requirements with Placer County, we have introduced a new supervisory role to our already incredible Crisis Services team.
David Rogers will fill the position of Placer County Crisis- Line Staff Supervisor, providing direct supervision for the Placer County team, as well as on-call supervisory shifts on a monthly basis.
David has been an integral part of the SMWG team for several years, both as a Staff Clinician and as part of the Crisis Services team, and we are excited to benefit from his experience and expertise in this new role.
Stay tuned for more exciting announcements as changes and additions become official. SMWG continues to be a thriving, changing agency adjusting our services to the needs of the community and adapting our staff to respond to these needs.
Beginning a new fiscal year means preparing for what is to come as well as reflecting on where we have come from. The Agency has seen many notable and exciting changes over the past year including expanding our staff and developing new services and locations. These new endeavors could not have been possible without the dedication and hard work of our amazing staff. They have persevered through the changes and continue to serve their communities with quality care. As an Agency were are proud to acknowledge our accomplishments and highlights from the 2015-2016 fiscal year:
- Celebrating our first year of providing Mobile Crisis Services for San Luis Obispo County.
- Opening of Nevada County Crisis Stabilization Unit in December 2015.
- Staff expansion to 105 total employees.
- 5,737 total contacts in our Roseville, Auburn and Tahoe City mental health clinics.
- Over 6,000 5150 evaluations across Placer, Nevada and Colusa Counties.
- Psychiatrist on-site in SMWG Tahoe City.
Thank you to all who have contributed to and supported SMWG’s influence throughout Northern California communities. We invite you to stay connected with us as we move forward with anticipation into the 2016-2017 fiscal year.
Sierra Mental Wellness Group has new positions available and is seeking to hire dedicated and qualified individuals to fill these vital roles. Click here to view the job postings on our Careers page for more information regarding the job descriptions and minimum qualifications.
We are pleased to announce structural changes
Sierra Mental Wellness Group is now offering Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) by a Level II trained EMDR practitioner
Sierra Mental Wellness Group now accepts Anthem Medi-Cal!
We are able to see Anthem behavioral Health Medi-Cal clients.
Please contact us for appointment information- (916)783-5207.