Training Programs

The   SAM Foundation acts as a link to multiple organizations that provide suicide awareness and prevention training.  All training programs are provided at no cost. 

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Training Program Descriptions

Further detailed information on all the training programs we offer

Question. Persuade. Refer. (QPR)
Training Objectives

This program teaches people to do the following:

  • Recognize the warning signs of suicide
  • How to talk with someone who may be at risk for suicide and persuade them to get help
  • Refer at-risk individuals to appropriate resources for help
Audiences

Who can be trained:

  • Individuals
  • organizations
  • professional groups

Who is helped: 

  • Community members
Training Format & Highlights

QPR comes in different versions for the following audiences:

  • Individuals: Online
  • Organizations: Online or in-person
  • Professional groups, including health care professionals, veterans, law enforcement, firefighters & EMS
  • Extended learning options are available beyond basic QPR courses.

For More Information QPR Institute   |   SPRC Listing -QPR

The Jason Foundation
Training Objectives

This program teaches people to do the following:

  • Recognize the warning signs of suicide
  • How to talk with someone who may be at risk for suicide and persuade them to get help
  • Refer at-risk individuals to appropriate resources for help
Audiences

Who can be trained:

  • Teachers and other school personnel
  • Parents
  • High school students

Who is helped:

  • High school students
Training Format & Highlights

This training is available in one to two hour modules. Training conducted on line or in a live meeting with facilitator. Modules include:

  • Suicide Postvention: The Critical Role of Educators
  • Childhood and Teen Depression for Educators
  • Non-Suicidal Self-Injury
  • Bullying and Suicide
  • Youth Suicide: “A Silent Epidemic”
  • Mental Health Issues Surrounding Suicidal Ideation
  • Suicide Prevention Among LGBT Youth
  • Prevention is the Key
  • The History of Suicide Prevention

For More Information  Courses – The Jason Foundation

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
Training Objectives

This program teaches people to do the following:

  • Understand how attitudes affect views on suicide and prevention
  • Provide assistance and suicide first aid to a person at risk
  • Identify the elements of a suicide safety plan and the actions needed to implement it
  • Value improving and integrating suicide prevention resources in the community
  • Recognize other aspects of suicide prevention, including self-care
Audiences

Who can be trained:

  • Anyone ages 16 and older (e.g., health care providers, teachers and other school staff, clergy, community volunteers, first responders, and caregivers)

Who is helped:

  • Individuals who have thoughts of suicide
Training Format & Highlights

2-day, 15-hour workshop led by two LivingWorks registered trainers

  • Includes presentations, videos, group discussions, and skills practice and development
  • Training-of-trainers available
Lifelines®: A Comprehensive Suicide Awareness and Responsiveness Program for Teens
Training Objectives

This program teaches people to do the following:

  • Understand the facts about suicide and their roles in suicide prevention
  • Understand how to involve parents and guardians as partners
  • Gather information about a student’s risk for suicide and understand the warning signs of suicide
  • Talk with at-risk students and assist them in getting more help as needed
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Audiences

Who can be trained:

  • Middle and high school administrators
  • faculty
  • staff
  • parents
  • students

Who is helped:

  • Middle and high school students
Training Format & Highlights

This is a whole-school program with three components:

  1. Lifelines: Prevention
  2. Lifelines: Intervention
  3. Lifelines: Postvention

Each component includes a facilitator guide, DVDs, and a USB flash drive with reproducible materials and handouts

For More Information:  Hazelden Lifelines®  |   SPRC Listing – Lifelines  

More Than Sad
Training Objectives

This program teaches people to do the following:

For school personnel

  • Understand their school’s resources, policies, and protocols for identifying and assisting youth at risk of suicide
  • Identify the signs of depression and other mental health problems in youth
  • Access help and/or refer youth for help

For parents

  • Identify the signs of depression and other mental health problems in youth
  • Talk about mental health with their child
  • Get help for their child

For students

  • Identify the signs of depression in themselves and others
  • Challenge prejudice surrounding depression
  • Promote the importance of seeking help
  • Understand the treatment process
Audiences

Who can be trained:

  • Teachers and other school personnel
  • Parents
  • High school students

Who is helped:

  • High school students
Training Format & Highlights

This training is available in three formats for the following audiences:

  • Teachers and other school personnel
  • Parents (English and Spanish)
  • High school students

Each program incorporates one or both of the following 25-minute videos:

  • More Than Sad: Preventing Teen Suicide
  • More Than Sad: Teen Depression
Sources of Strength
Training Objectives

This program teaches people to do the following:

  • Change peer group norms that influence coping practices and problem behaviors (e.g., self-harm)
  • Promote protective factors that are linked to overall psychological wellness and reduced suicide risk
  • Reduce the acceptability of suicide as a response to distress
  • Increase the acceptability of seeking help
  • Improve communication between youth and adults
  • Develop healthy coping attitudes among youth
Audiences

Who can be trained:

  • Adult advisors (e.g., school counselors, teachers, youth workers, pastors and spiritual leaders, and are often a mix of school staff and community adults who have a high degree of connection with students)
  • Peer leaders

Who is helped:

  • Youth and young adults
Training Format & Highlights
The program aims to enhance protective factors and reduce suicide. It engages peer leaders to change peer norms related to helpseeking and developing strengths.
  • Adult advisors are given an orientation training and monthly teleconference support with Sources of Strength staff. Their role is to support the peer teams.
  • Peer leaders spend 15–50 hours during a 3–6 month program, which includes an initial training, although the program is designed to last multiple years.
  • The program is most often based in a school (middle, high school, or college), but it can also be implemented in community, faithbased, and diverse cultural settings.

For More Information  Sources of Strength   |    SPRC Listing – Sources of Strength

Strategic Planning for Suicide Prevention
Training Objectives

Participants will complete a strategic planning process that will result in the development of a guide that can be used to direct suicide prevention activities, programs and other efforts to create a suicide safer community.

Audiences

Who can be trained:

  • Community and education leaders
Training Format & Highlights

In up to six sessions over a period of several months participants will be led in the development of a strategic plan that will:

  • Describe the suicide problem and its context.
  • Choose long-term goals for a suicide prevention program.
  • Identify key risk and protective factors on which to focus.
  • Select or develop interventions that will decrease or increase these risk and protective factors.
  • Plan an evaluation.
  • Decide if this group will implement the interventions and the evaluation

For More Information Tony Watkins, LMFT

Tony is a licensed marriage and family therapist who specializes in depression and suicidal ideation. His therapy is aimed to children, adults, families and couples. He is located in Arab, Al and is also a QPR trainer and ASSIST trainer for suicide prevention.

Assessing and Managing Ruisice Risk (AMSR)
Training Objectives

AMSR is a one-day training workshop for behavioral health professionals. The 6.5-hour training program is based on the latest research and designed to help participants provide safer suicide care. 

Audiences

AMSR is designed for health care providers who have a master’s or doctoral degree in a behavioral health field, including:  

  • Social workers 
  • Professional counselors 
  • Marriage and family therapists 
  • Psychologists 
  • Psychiatrists 
  • Psychiatric nurses 
Training Format & Highlights

AMSR presents five of the most common dilemmas faced by providers and the best practices for addressing them. Teaching and skill-building methods include: 

  • Video demonstrations 
  • Group discussion 
  • Paired practice 
  • Documentation practice 
  • Reflection 
  • Expert teaching 

For More Information  https://www.sprc.org/training-events/amsrhttps://www.sprc.org/training-events/amsr

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