Act 74 - Suicide Assessment, Prevention, and Treatment - 2024-2026

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Act 74 of 2016 was signed by Governor Wolf on July 8, 2016. Act 74 of 2016 requires licensees of the State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors to complete 1 hour of continuing education (CE) in the assessment, treatment and management of suicide risks as a portion of the total continuing education required for license renewal.  

If the word "suicide"  is contained in the title of a suicide prevention course/program taken through an approved provider, the CE earned can be used towards satisfying the suicide prevention CE requirement.

If the course/program pertains to suicide prevention and the title of the course/program does not contain the word "suicide", the approved provider of the course/program must indicate on the certification of attendance/completion the number of hours suicide prevention continuing education earned. 

The continuing education credit mandated to satisfy the Act 74 requirement is now available. You need to register at this site, pay for your certificate, watch the video, take the quiz and complete the survey in order to obtain the certificate. Please make sure that you've done all the tasks before sending an e-mail inquiring about your certificate. 



1. Please pay for your certificate

2. Click on "take course now"

3. Watch the video

4. Complete the quiz

5. Complete the evaluation

6. Print your certificate


Target Audience

All professionals with a LSW/LCSW/LPC/LMFT or APA license. 

Learning Objectives

By the completion of this session, participants should be able to:

1. Identify what are suicidal cues and what to do to address them when they are noticed.

2. Recognize the steps to take when a person is identified as being at risk for suicide.

3. Identify the five steps of the Suicide Assessment Five- step Evaluation and Triage (SAFE-T) model.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 APA
  • 1.00 ASWB
  • 1.00 Attendance
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Course expires: 

Suicide Awareness & Assessment – Intermediate

Suicide ranks as the 10th most frequent cause of death in the United States, with one person dying from suicide every 11.9 minutes resulting in 121.1 deaths by suicide per day, suicide is a growing public health concern.  In any given year, it is estimated that there are approximately 44,000 deaths by suicide (CDC). If we are going to be successful in reducing the rates of suicide, we must first increase the general awareness related to suicide.

The objective of this webinar is to increase the awareness of suicide by examining the suicide rates in the United States and exploring the reasons for the increasing rate of suicide. We will also discuss early signs of suicide risk, e.g., suicidal cues, and best practices around how to identify individuals at risk for suicide by conducting a thorough suicide screen and assessment, including salient risk and protective factors.

Act 74 Training - 2021-2023
Pittsburgh, PA
United States

Jennifer Beckjord, PsyD
Senior Director, Clinical Services
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Dr. Beckjord is the Senior Director of Clinical Services at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital and a licensed clinical psychologist.  She graduated from the University of Michigan for undergraduate studies and Nova Southeastern University for her doctorate in psychology.  Subsequently, she completed her clinical internship at Southern Illinois University and her post-doctoral hours at the UPMC Center for Eating Disorders where she served as the program director for the inpatient unit.  In her current role, Dr. Beckjord provides clinical and administrative oversight for all inpatient clinical programming, milieu management, supervision, and therapy services. Dr. Beckjord also chairs and serves on several hospital committees and is a participant and stakeholder in various hospital-wide initiatives. 


Jeffrey Magill, MS
Emergency Management Coordinator
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Jeffrey Magill, MS received his bachelor’s degree in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and went on to receive his master’s degree in human behavior from the Capella University.  Mr. Magill is currently the Emergency Management Coordinator at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital (WPH) where he also serves as Manager of the Crisis Training Institute, the Manager of the ASAP Staff Support program and the co-chair of the WPH Suicide Steering Committee. In his role, he enjoys training new hires and staff in the area of suicide using the Suicide Assessment Five-step Evaluation and Triage (SAFE-T) model. Jeff is a Bronze trainer for LivingWorks in the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) model, and an Approved Instructor for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.


As a Jointly Accredited Organization, University of Pittsburgh is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. University of Pittsburgh maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1.0 continuing education credits.

Psychologists (APA)

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, University of Pittsburgh is approved to offer psychology continuing education by the American Psychological Association. University of Pittsburgh maintains responsibility for this course. Psychologists completing this course receive 1.0 continuing education credits.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 APA
  • 1.00 ASWB
  • 1.00 Attendance


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