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2012-2013 Suicide Prevention Training Guide

Thanks to a grant from the Virginia Department of Health, the following trainings are offered at no cost to participants (they typically cost $225-$300 per person). Because of the demand for seats, please register only if you are able to attend the full two days, and are not 'on-call' for other duties during that time.

Education is a powerful prevention tool. People who are prepared are more likely to recognize someone at risk for suicide and to respond quickly and effectively. The more people trained, the stronger the safety net. Consider which of the following is right for you, your colleagues or your community.

1. Suicide TALK- Basic Awareness for General Audiences

This 75-minute “awareness program” addresses common misconceptions, teaches basic skills necessary to identify someone who may be at risk for suicide and promotes a variety of resources.

2. Basic Awareness for School Faculty and Staff
In addition to providing basic awareness, this 75-minute program provides information on the role of teachers and support staff in a school setting (as described in the Virginia Department of Education 2003 guidelines).

3. SafeTALK
In addition to raising awareness and addressing common misconceptions, this 3-hour training also coaches participants through basic helper conversations. Participants will be prepared to ask about suicide and to link those in need to the next level of care. SafeTALK is suitable for anyone in a helper role.

4. Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
ASIST is the most widely used intervention skills training in the US. It is a two-day intensive, interactive and practice-dominated course designed to help caregivers recognize risk for suicide, intervene to prevent immediate harm and link persons at risk to the next level of care. ASIST is for all caregivers (any person in a position of trust). It is suitable for school support staff, youth workers, police/correctional staff and foster care staff, nurses, physicians, teachers, clergy and anyone in the field of human service. Register Here.

5. Student Education Programs
It is well documented that young people in distress will first go to peers for help. For that reason, a comprehensive school-based suicide prevention program includes training specifically for students. There are several excellent evidence-based programs that teach young people basic identification and help-seeking skills. Middle school, high school and college versions are available. (Note: It is essential that school divisions first train faculty and support staff before training students.)

6. Specialized Training for School Staff
Identifying and Supporting Students With Depression in a School Setting– For faculty, school counselors, teachers, administrative staff, school psychologists, social workers and nurses.
Planning for School Based Suicide Postvention– Based on American Association of Suicidology “Best Practice” guidelines, this program helps staff prepare to respond quickly and effectively following a fatality by suicide. It is appropriate for student support staff, administrators and crisis intervention teams.
Creating a Comprehensive School Suicide Prevention Plan– This combination of consultation and training assists school division safe schools staff in developing or adapting, implementing and evaluating a comprehensive plan for reducing risk for suicide within a school community.
Bring Parents to the Table – Specifically designed for school counselors, this training promotes strategies for working with parents while supporting a student who is believed to be at risk for suicide.

7. Promoting Emotional Wellness
We can also prevent suicide risk by better understanding, identifying and treating emotional illnesses AND by promoting emotional wellness. The following 1-hour programs are designed to be informative as well as humorous and are suitable for all audiences.
7 Things to Know About Depression– Depression is a common and complex illness. These 7 “Things to Know” teach basic awareness as well as key points on identification and treatment..
7 Things to Know About Anxiety Disorders– Anxiety is the most common of psychological disorders. This program provides basic information on symptoms, causes and management of problem anxiety.
7 Things to Know About Emotional Wellness– Staying well is about much more than just understanding illness. This program presents tips for thinking big about emotional wellness and building strategies into everyday life.

Virginia ASIST Trainings
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What’s Happening in Virginia?  Visit The Virginia Suicide Prevention Coalition Site

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