August 12, 2022

Oregon CALM

Oregon CALM (OCALM) is an Oregon-adapted curriculum of the national CALM (Counseling on Access to Lethal Means) course. OCALM is an 8-hour training developed to assist health care and direct service providers in approaching Lethal Means Counseling with an informed, collaborative, and respectful attitude. It covers who needs lethal means counseling and how to work with people at risk for suicide—and their families—to reduce access.

Oregon CALM has been adapted from the National CALM curriculum to incorporate components of Addressing Firearm Safety with Patients at Risk of Suicide: A Couse for Healthcare Providers in Rural Areasand research with Oregon rural firearm owners. Key concepts are conveyed through Oregon-specific research, video demonstrations, and practice scenarios.

Oregon CALM is a suicide prevention training that is neither anti-gun nor anti-medication. Given the focus on lethal means counseling, course content and discussions will cover these topics in depth.

After completing this course, you will

  • Understand why means matter, as evidenced by local and national data and current relevant research
  • Know the most effective and culturally appropriate ways to address lethal means with firearms owners
  • Have increased confidence in conducting lethal means counseling related to firearms, medications, and other means with clients at risk of suicide

This training is not intended for the general public. Oregon CALM is developed to assist health care and direct service providers who work with individuals who may be at risk of suicide:

  • Primary care & physical health providers
  • Mental and behavioral health providers
  • Peer support workers
  • Case managers
  • Social service professionals

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Oregon CALMNational CALM
Live / synchronous trainingOn-demand training
CEUs available from OR NASW and MHACBOCertificate of Completion provided
8 hours (including 30 minute lunch break)2 hours, self-paced
Local data and contextNational data
Hands-on experience through role plays and case scenarios, with coaching from trainerRecorded case scenarios
Additional focus on rural cultural context around suicide and firearms 
Cost variesFree of cost

To learn more or to access the national CALM training, click here.

Please contact Lucina Armstrong Michaud for more information: