National Suicide Prevention Hotline
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Vice President

Judith Harrington, PhD, LPC, LMFT

Judith was selected to be trained in the inaugural rollout of the Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk in 2006 and is an approved trainer for this AMSR curriculum for mental health professionals, developed by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) and the American Association of Suicidology (AAS). Since 2008, she developed and and teaches the curriculum for the 3-credit hour graduate courses in Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention UAB (2008-2012) and the University of Montevallo (2011-present) where she is now full-time on the graduate Counselor Education faculty.

Additionally, she served on the Standards, Training and Practices Committee for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL, 2008-2013). As a result of serving the suicidally bereaved community by facilitating the SOS Bereavement Group for 14 years with the Crisis Center, she increased her prevention advocacy and has been highly active with the Alabama Suicide Prevention and Resource Coalition (ASPARC), acting as its first full-term/two-term President as a non-profit organization in 2011-2013.

She conceived of and was the Guest Editor of the Alabama Counseling Association’s first-ever Special Edition peer-reviewed academic journal devoted to suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention. Among her other publications, she co-authored the suicide and homicide chapter in the textbook, Crisis: Intervention and Prevention 1st and 2nd Editions; and authored the Understanding Suicide Prevention White Paper for the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA, 2013). She is the Chair of the AMHCA Advancement for Clinical Practice Committee (2013-present) and is charged with over-seeing the committee in its revisions and development of Professional Standards for Clinical Mental Health Counselors nationally. For the first time in AMHCA’s history, there will be a newly developed Professional Standard specifically related to knowledge and skills competencies for suicide clinical care (pending). She was recognized by two national professional associations (AMHCA and Chi Sigma Iota Honorary) for outstanding practice, and she has been in full time private practice in Birmingham since 1988, providing therapy, training, and consultation.