Plan of Study

Part-time Suicide Risk Assessment and Intervention Interprofessional Program

This interprofessional program is a 14-week, part-time, guided learning experience requiring approximately 12 hours of study per week, for a total of 168 hours of study time. It has been designed with four comprehensive units describing the concepts of risk, coping, crisis, and chronicity, as they relate to suicide risk assessment and intervention. The program also:

  • Uses a concept-based approach and is competency based
  • Uses an online format that includes learning scenarios, required readings, videos, class discussion boards, and 3 live online classes
  • Includes 4 learning lab experiences experiences that allow opportunity for skills practice and for the learner to have their skills assessed using competency checklists validated by expert practitioners
  • Includes a final learning lab, which is a skills and performance assessment with a simulated person during an objective structured clinical exam (OSCE)

At the completion of this program, providers will be able to carry out a suicide risk assessment and provide safe and effective interventions for individuals at risk.


This represents a general timeline for the program. The exact delivery model may vary between offerings.

  • Week 1–3: Module 1 content (Risk), 1 online class, 1 assignment, 1 discussion board, 1 quiz
  • Week 4–5: Module 2 content (Coping), 1 online class, 2 in-person learning labs, 1 group project
  • Week 6–8: Module 3 content (Crisis), 1 quiz, 1 discussion board, 1 online learning lab
  • Week 9–11: Module 4 content (Chronicity), 2 assignments, 1 discussion board, 1 online class
  • Week 12–13: Content review, 1 quiz
  • Week 14: 1 in-person learning lab including an objective structured clinical exam (OSCE)

Learning Outcomes

The competencies for the SRAI interprofessional program are arranged under four general competency areas:

  • Assessment — you provide competent, safe assessment that is responsive to the rapidly changing situations of individuals at potential risk of suicide
  • Intervention — you provide competent, safe interventions that are responsive to the rapidly changing situation of individuals at potential risk of suicide
  • Critical Thinking — you analyze, synthesize, and evaluate knowledge for the practice of suicide risk assessment
  • Professionalism — you follow ethucal, legal, and professional standards withn your practice 

The Nova Scotia Health Learning Institute for Health Care Providers offers education programming designed to meet the needs of learners across the province and strengthen our health care system. We are committed to delivering high-quality, evidence-informed programming that enables providers to develop and maintain foundational and specialty competencies.