AMSR is a one-day training workshop for behavioral health professionals. The training program is based on the latest research and designed to help participants provide safer suicide care.  

About the Workshop

Health care providers face many challenges when working with patients and clients at risk for suicide. For example, calm and compassion are needed the most and the hardest to maintain when working with someone at risk for suicide. Some patients may not disclose thoughts of suicide, and even when they do, the health care provider must make judgment calls about unpredictable outcomes, often with insufficient or contradictory information.

AMSR presents five of the most common dilemmas faced by providers and the best practices for addressing them. Teaching and skill-building methods include: 

  • Video demonstrations
  • Group discussion
  • Paired practice
  • Documentation practice
  • Reflection
  • Expert teaching 


AMSR is designed for health care providers in a behavioral health field, including:  

  • Social workers
  • Professional counselors
  • Marriage and family therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychiatric nurses 

Continuing Education Credits

6.5 continuing education credits are available from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Cost: $200 (includes meals, materials and 6.5 CEUs)

Start time: 8am

Registration Deadline: April 11 by 5pm.

Cancellation Policy: Because materials must be ordered three weeks in advance, cancellations for AMSR must be made by 5pm on April 11 to be eligible for a refund minus a $25 processing fee. Cancellations made after April 11 are not eligible for a refund, however, you may send someone to attend in your place.

If you have any questions, please contact Cara Hansen at or 414-336-7969.


Facilitator: Doug Bisbee, MDiv, MAC, LPC

Doug served for over 20 years in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) as an associate pastor, solo pastor, mission developer, associate with the bishop, pastoral candidacy director, mission director, senior pastor, pastoral internship supervisor, and consultant in the areas of visioning, leadership & staff development, mission development & re-development, conflict resolution, and stewardship.  He is a certified Healthy Congregations Facilitator as well as a graduate of the Grace Institute of Spiritual Formation. Presently, Doug is a licensed professional counselor at Samaritan Counseling Center of the Fox Valley (since 2011).  He is also the coordinator of Samaritan’s Clergy & Congregation Care program that offers premarital/marital counseling, clergy coaching, colleague groups, and consultation to faith communities through the Mental Health Ministry Initiative co-facilitated with NAMI Fox Valley.  As a counselor, Doug works with adults, couples, families, and adolescents who struggle with a variety of issues such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, stress, loss & grief, anger management, suicidal risk, and relationship concerns. He is also a certified trainer for ASMR (Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk). Doug formerly served as the executive director of Community for Hope of Greater Oshkosh, a suicide prevention, intervention, and grief support non-profit agency from 2010-2014.