The Suicide Assessment Manual for Inmates (SAMI)

The Suicide Assessment Manual for Inmates (SAMI)


5 Hours | 5 CEs (CEUs)

Program Description

This self-paced training program on Suicide Assessment Manual for Inmates (SAMI) is presented by Dr. Alana Cook.

Dr. Cook reviews major concepts related to risk assessment and management of suicide for inmates, teaches participants how to rate the risk factors on the SAMI, and reviews how the SAMI is used in practice.

The Suicide Assessment Manual for Inmates (SAMI) is a set of guidelines for the comprehensive assessment of suicide risk of inmates based on the Structured Professional Judgement (SPJ) model. Populations of use are individuals of risk for suicide in custodial populations. Initial validation research on the SAMI is published in the SAMI manual.

Intended Audience

Mental health professionals working in a custodial environment, including psychologists, psychiatrist, social workers. The SAMI is not limited to use by mental health professionals, but also intended for use by nursing staff and correctional officers. The course is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advances learners.

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:


  • Describe the major concepts related to suicide risk assessment for inmates
  • Describe how to rate the risk factors on the SAMI
  • Describe how the measure can be used in practice (implementation issues)
  • Practice and receive feedback on the application of the SAMI to five training cases
  • About Dr. Alana Cook

    Dr. Alana N. Cook, R.Psych. works in private practice providing treatment and psycholegal assessment services in and around Vancouver, BC. She is a Registered Psychologist of the College of Psychologists of British Columbia. She holds academic positions as an Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Psychology at Simon Fraser University, a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, and as an Instructor in the School of Criminal Justice and Security at the Justice Institute of British Columbia. She has worked in the past as a Psychologist for the British Columbia Forensic Psychiatric Service Commission (British Columbia Forensic Psychiatric Hospital) and as a Senior Psychology Advisor for WorkSafe BC.

    Dr. Cook completed her PhD in clinical-forensic psychology at Simon Fraser University and her Master’s of Science in clinical psychology at Pacific University. She also completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship with joint appointments at the Mental Health, Law, and Policy Institute in the Department of Psychology at Simon Fraser University, the British Columbia Forensic Psychiatric Service Commission, and ProActive ReSolutions.

    Dr. Cook focuses her work at the intersection of psychology and law, specifically on psychological and forensic assessment, treatment, and policy. In her clinical work, she has conducted evidence-based assessment and treatment across the spectrum of mental disorder, including Serious Mental Illness and Personality Disorder, in both inpatient and outpatient settings within forensic and non-forensic contexts. Her professional work has included consultations with various mental health and law enforcement professionals, delivery of training workshops in violence and suicide risk assessment and management, and teaching, mentoring, and supervision of students.
    Dr. Cook has received grants for her research, including contributions from Public Safety Canada, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Canadian Bar Association. She has co-authored several publications related to violence risk assessment and management, psychopathic personality disorder, group-based violence, criminal justice policy, and professional development. She has also co-authored over 80 conference presentations on topics related to mental health and psychology and the law. Dr. Cook is the first author on guidelines for the assessment and management of group-based violence, the Multi-level Guidelines, or MLG. Most recently, Dr. Cook co-edited the Handbook of Forensic Mental Health Services with Dr. Ron Roesch.

    Dr. Cook has been active in professional service throughout her career and currently contributes to the American Psychology-Law Society and the Canadian Psychological Association Task Force on Medical Assistance and End of Life Care. She has served as a manuscript reviewer for the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health Services, and as an ad hoc reviewer for numerous scientific journals, including Law and Human Behavior and Criminal Justice and Behavior. She has been recognized for her work by numerous organizations; she received the Christopher Webster Young Scholar Award from the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services.

    The modules covered in this course include:

    • Major concepts related to risk assessment and management of suicide for inmates
    • An overview of the SAMI
    • Coding the SAMI items
    • Developing risk ratings, formulation, and management plans
    • Challenges of implementing the SAMI in a correctional environment
    • Implementation of the SAMI to five practice cases with feedback from gold standard ratings

    Continuing Education Credit

    This Distance Learning Course is a Home Study Training Program. To earn CEs you are required to complete all course materials, quizzes, and the evaluation. No partial credit is available. A score of 70% is required to proceed; you will be able to re-take any quiz on which you score less than 70%. Participants will earn 05 CE hours upon completion of these requirements. Each participant will be able to download and print the CE certificate upon completion of the final evaluation.

    Board Approvals: APA, ASWB, CPA, NBCC. Click here for state and other regional board approvals.

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