C-SSRS: Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale
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The C-SSRS (often referred as "The Columbia") is a very comprehensive assessment of self-harm, suicidal thoughts, and suicide attempts.  It was recommended by the Marine Corps to assess Marines who were contemplating ending their life.  The tool is intended to identify the intensity of the need for additional clinical support (e.g. involuntary confinement).  It should only be administered in person or over the phone and not sent via the Client Portal.  If a client enters your office announcing they are contemplating suicide, you can use this tool to quickly gauge the severity of the ideation.  If you end up using this tool and a problem appears evident, I strongly encourage using the Client Safety Plan Template (also in this forum) as a follow-up so the client has a plan in the event their suicidal thinking puts themselves at risk.











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    Abigail Weissman

    I'm so glad you put this one in there. I use this screening for all new clients and then follow up with them as necessary and appropriate. 

    I'm so glad you put this one in there. I use this screening for all new clients and then follow up with them as necessary and appropriate. 

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    Erin McNiff-Kirby

    I use this scale also. If I want to use it in SP do I need to make a form like you did? Is there a way to share?

     

    I use this scale also. If I want to use it in SP do I need to make a form like you did? Is there a way to share?

     

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    Ryan Buchmann

    SP offers no way to export and share a form. You can print it out as a PDF, then copy & paste questions to your own form.

    SP offers no way to export and share a form. You can print it out as a PDF, then copy & paste questions to your own form.

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    Sharon E. Prager

    Ryan anyway to get a PDF version like you had previously posted? I cannot seem to get this to print. 

    Ryan anyway to get a PDF version like you had previously posted? I cannot seem to get this to print. 

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    Ryan Buchmann

    Yes, you can get it by clicking here.

    Yes, you can get it by clicking here.