SafeSide Behavioral Health v.2.1: Improved pacing, risk formulation, group exercises

Author: Sarah Donovan

Updated: 28 July 2020

Version 2.1 of the InPlace Workshop for Behavioral Health includes improved pacing and group exercises, standardizes graphics and reinforcement of key concepts, and adds closed-captioning for all modules. For organizations using both Behavioral Health and Youth Services programs, you’ll notice a more aligned experience for your learners across programs.

All Modules

  • Updated discussions and practice exercise to strengthen applying the SafeSide Framework to your role and setting - with local cultural considerations in mind.
  • Enhanced accessibility with the addition of closed-captioning for all video modules
  • Expanded Participant Workbook with more key content highlights to serve as a tool during the workshop and a reference guide after
  • More closely aligned and added words on screen and graphics to reinforce key concepts and standardized style throughout modules
  • Where able, framed practice exercise to be about own practice experiences or related to the demonstration video just watched to ensure all staff regardless of experience with suicide prevention have an opportunity to participate
  • Added opening slides to all videos anchored to the SafeSide Framework
  • Standardized placement and orientation of timers and continue buttons for all discussions and practice exercise

Module Specific Highlights


  • Modified initial interaction so non-direct service staff can participate in this module as an orientation to SafeSide.

Module 2 - Connect

  • Streamlined teaser at beginning
  • Added words for emphasis during demonstrations to highlight key concepts

Module 3 - Assess

  • Added additional headings/slides to clarify structure throughout module
  • Inserted pauses before each of 8 categories being taught to improve pace
  • New footage highlights more strongly the importance of the entire team, both clinical and non-clinical, understanding the approach to assessment in suicide prevention
  • Replaced existing demonstration with demonstration of a team using the risk formulation framework to organize a team discussion. Models how all roles contribute to Assessment and risk formulation. The previous demonstration is now in the Prevention-Oriented Risk Formulation module.
  • Improved words on screen during commentary to strengthen how teaching points are conveyed.

Module 4- Respond

  • Updated use of lists and words on screen in teaching and demonstrations for mini-interventions
  • In Contingency Planning exercise, consistent with our approach, revised descriptions to start with strengths and protective factors
  • Strengthened words on screen in final demonstration video to emphasize key elements of Respond demonstrated

Module 5 - Extend

  • Added additional commentary during demonstrations to further reinforce key concepts in Extend
  • Inserted example during Family Support Plan exercise

Prevention-Oriented Risk Formulation Module

  • Updated, explicitly stated learning goals
  • Increased alignment with Assess and Respond Modules, reducing redundancies noted in the last version and creating a more developmental, scaffolded learning experience for participants
  • Restructured to maximize learning transfer so participants can immediately apply this approach in their work. First, concepts are taught - then interactive group knowledge checks reinforce those concepts. Skills are then modeled in demonstrations and case presentations. Discussions help learners connect teaching to the demonstrations and finally, practice exercises allow participants to begin applying risk formulation with a current or past client
  • Updated Prevention-Oriented Risk Formulation Participant Workbook now includes key content highlights to serve as a tool during the workshop and a reference after
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