Series date: 
02/01/2024 - 12:01am CST to 12/31/2024 - 11:59pm CST


Primary care clinics are ideal settings to identify and intervene during acute periods of increased suicidal ideation, as youth are more connected to their healthcare home and can be more readily identified as in need of services (Van Cleave, et al. 2018, Cama, et al. 2020). In fact, primary care physicians evaluate 70% of adolescents each year (Newacheck et al., 1999), including 45% of adolescent suicide victims within one month before completed suicide (Luoma et al., 2002). Despite mandates for primary care providers to address emotional and behavioral health, they often lack the training and expertise required (Olson et al., 2001; Taliaferro et al., 2013). While evidence-based outpatient interventions are available, many suicidal youth who present to primary care are not adequately connected to these services. Therefore, it is vital to develop brief interventions that provide promotion of evidence-based skills that can be used in primary care settings where suicidal youth are likely to present. Such interventions would likely decrease referrals to EDs and inpatient care. This set of trainings will describe the primary care adaptation of SAFETY-A so that providers can use it in their primary care settings. In addition, a subset of trainings will specifically train leadership individuals in how to train others to use the intervention.


This activity is intended for Primary Care Physicians, Psychologists, Social Workers, and ther Healthcare Professionals


At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Apply feedback from SAFETY-A trainers to improve performance and teaching skill.
  • Identify and implement appropriate level of SAFETY-A intervention according to patient risk level.
  • Demonstrate ability to teach the SAFETY-A intervention to other healthcare professionals and discuss/resolve issues as they arise.


Lecture, Simulation and Skill-based Training Workshop


Evaluation by questionnaire will address program content, presentation, and possible bias.

Course Director

Caitlin Pinciotti, PhD -

Assistant Professor

Baylor College of Medicine

Course Coordinator

Blake Upshaw -


This CME/CE activity is supported by an educational grant from the Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium (TCMHCC) grant GR.10003338.002.

Series location: 
Houston, TX
United States