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Training Programs

TLC Staff Development Workshops Available for Schools and Communities

In addition to our regional and statewide trainings, TLC continues to offer workshops for schools and communities. These workshops can be customized to meet the needs of the requesting organization.

All workshops are provided by TLC trainers who are experienced clinicians working with youth, educators, and service providers in a variety of settings including schools, social service programs, juvenile justice facilities, faith based organizations, etc.  Several trainers have additional experience as school administrators and bring that perspective to the trainings.

Suicide Awareness Training Workshops for Educators, Parents, and Other Youth Serving Individuals

This two-hour Suicide Awareness Training for Educators fulfills the professional development requirement, per N.J.S.A. 18A:6-11.  Clinicians experienced in the evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents with mental health disorders and suicidal behaviors provide the training.  The content can be customized to meet the needs of a single school or an entire school district, as well as mental health and social agency staff.   On-site school counselors or administrators are included in the presentation to talk about the specific protocols outlined in their school's crisis plan for referring at-risk youth for further evaluation and treatment. This program uses lecture, slide presentation, video clips, and interactive discussion to enhance the learning. 

The model currently utilized by the Traumatic Loss Coalitions is QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer), an evidence based Suicide Prevention training. QPR is a Gatekeeper Training, a 1-2 hour educational program designed to teach lay and professional "gatekeepers" the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond. Gatekeepers can include anyone who is strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide (e.g., parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, coaches, caseworkers, police officers). The process follows three steps: (1) Question the individual's desire or intent regarding suicide, (2) Persuade the person to seek and accept help, and (3) Refer the person to appropriate resources. Trainees receive a  QPR booklet and wallet card as a review and resource tool that includes local referral resources.

The training is delivered in person by certified  QPR gatekeeper instructors or online. Although the foundation for the QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention is the same for all audiences, the training can be customized for use with specific audiences in collaboration with the QPR Institute. Extended learning modules on specific topics are available to complement the basic 1-2 hour course.

More Than Sad

AFSP’s school-ready and  evidence-informed training material is called More Than Sadwhich is listed on the national Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s best practices list and is a program specifically designed for teen-level suicide prevention.  More Than Sad has been used across middle and high schools in the U.S. for several years. More Than Sad  can be delivered to Teachers, Parents, and/or Students.

Signs Matter: Early Detection - Online Suicide Prevention Course

Educators can play a critical role in the fight against suicide because they are in a unique position to notice changes in the mental health of their students and identify signs of suicide risk. We don’t expect them to be mental health experts—but it is important that they understand and recognize the signs that a student is at risk for suicide.

Signs Matter: Early Detection will show educators how and when to express concern and refer students to counseling staff or administration. The training is clear and simple, and it can save lives. Signs Matter can be found at:

Connect Suicide Prevention/Intervention Training Programs

Training with a Community-Based Approach

Knowing risk factors and warning signs of suicide and how to get a suicidal person help is a good beginning.  However, to build a truly comprehensive safety net, it's important to promote collaboration and bring together key service providers and stakeholders to address community risk and protective factors.  The TLC has historically relied on coalition building to achieve its goals and the Connect Program fits extremely well with our mission.  

More than "just training", Connectfosters relationship building and the exchange of resources among participants.  Connect'sPrevention/Intervention curriculum includes how to identify suicide warning signs and intervene with a person at risk.  Using activities, interactive case scenarios, facilitated discussion, PowerPoint, and written materials , t he TLC training team will offer customized Connect Prevention/Intervention trainings to the following audiences: school personnel, community members, faith leaders, primary care doctors, social service agency personnel and law enforcement.

Suicide Prevention/Intervention training highlights for schools:

Connect Postvention Training

A suicide can have a devastating impact on a community or organization. The shock and grief can ripple throughout the community affecting friends, co-workers, schools, and faith communities.  Connect postvention training helps service providers respond in a coordinated and comprehensive way in the aftermath of a suicide or any sudden death.

Since knowing someone who has died by suicide is one of the highest risk factors for suicide, postvention becomes an integral part of suicide prevention efforts.

TLC Master trainer/clinicians conduct the suicide postvention training that includes activities, interactive case scenarios, discussion, PowerPoint, and printed materials for school personnel, social service agency personnel, mental health and substance abuse personnel, faith leaders, funeral directors, and law enforcement.

This program is compatible with the Post Traumatic Stress Management Training (PTSM) that is offered each year by the TLC.  The Connect Postvention Training is ideal for all individuals working with children, teens and young adults.  It clearly outlines everyone's roles and responsibilities in the aftermath of suicide or other traumatic death.  PTSM trains school and community crisis teams in more in-depth group protocols and individual psychological first aid to help in the healing process.

Other programs that can be delivered to your School:

Sources of Strength Peer Leader Program

Sources of Strength is a comprehensive wellness program that is designed to impact suicide prevention.  It uses peer and caring adult relationships to improve social norms, enhance coping and social support, and increase help-seeking behaviors in order to reduce conditions that give rise to suicide and other risk-taking behaviors.  This highly acclaimed program also impacts substance abuse, violence and bullying prevention.  Sources of Strength can be implemented in middle schools, high schools and colleges and university campuses.  It is listed on the SPRC National Registry of Evidenced Based Programs and Practices.

Sources of Strength's Core Principles include the following:  bring together and train both peer leaders and caring adults - one without the other lacks prevention power; peer leaders break down codes of silence and increase student help seeking from caring adults; a core emphasis on strengths that goes beyond a simple focus on suicide risk and warning signs; move beyond a singular focus on mental health referrals and train students to develop multiple sources of support; hope, help and strength messages use local voices and faces to saturate local schools and communities with stories of resiliency instead of trauma.

Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR)

SPR is an evidence-informed modular approach to help children, adolescents, adults, and families in the months and years after a traumatic exposure including disasters and terrorism. This training is a two-day intensive seminar. SPR is designed to help survivors acquire skills to reduce ongoing stress and effectively cope with post-incident stresses and adversities. Principles and techniques of Skills for A Psychological Recovery meet four basic standards. They are: (1) consistent with research evidence on risk and resilience following trauma; (2) applicable and practical in field settings; (3) appropriate for developmental levels across the lifespan; and (4) culturally informed and delivered in a flexible manner.

Classroom Based Intervention (CBI) and Traumatic Incident Intervention (TII)

These evidenced-based protocols involve a series of highly structured expressive-behavioral activities. The aim of these activities is to significantly reduce traumatic stress reactions, anxiety, fear and depressed mood by allowing and guiding children to do what they do best: playing, learning and creative problem solving. To achieve these goals, the TII and CBI group leaders use psycho education, movement and dance, art or 'silent stories', drama, and cooperative games.

TII is a 3 session protocol for youth in grades K-5, and CBI is a 5 week, 15 session protocol for youth in grades 3-12. They were originated and continue to be developed by Dr. Macy and the Center for Trauma Psychology. Dr. Macy has successfully used these protocols in the United States, Haiti, Turkey, West Bank and Gaza, Israel, Jordan, Nepal, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Eritrea, Afghanistan, Sudan, Uganda, and Burundi to assist with ongoing efforts to provide school, community and tribal based clinical and psychosocial interventions to care for youth exposed to psychological trauma resulting from suicide, homicide, gang violence, armed conflict, ethnic cleansing, displacement, terrorism, genocide, and natural disasters.

The following workshops can be coordinated through the TLC:

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is a public education program that introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents. The course helps participants build understanding of the importance of early intervention, and most importantly, teaches individuals how to help a youth in crisis or experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. The course employs the use of role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

Research has shown that half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14, so it's vital to ensure that those who work with children understand the symptoms, know how to respond, and the appropriate action steps to getting the child help. Early invention and treatment pave the way for a more positive life path, eliminating or diminishing symptoms that are likely to make educational and social development more difficult as time goes on.

This training is 8 hours in length and can be done in one full day or two or three day modules.  The program can be adapted based on the audience and their needs.  There is also a variant for an adolescent audience (16 and older) to encourage peer-to-peer interaction, as they may be the first to recognize symptomatic behavior within their own social circles. 

Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS) is a suicidal ideation rating scale  created by researchers at Columbia University to evaluate suicidality in children ages 12 and up. The goal of the training is to train individuals to use the C-SSRS to identify at-risk youth who may have otherwise been missed and refer them to appropriate levels of care. This training aims to increase precision in identifying children, teens and young adults at risk for suicide using the C-SSRS. The ultimate goal is to save lives.

Psychological First Aid (PFA) Psychological First Aid for Schools (PFA-S) is an evidence-informed intervention model to assist students, families, school personnel, and school partners in the immediate aftermath of an emergency. PFA-S is designed to reduce the initial distress caused by emergencies, and to foster short and long-term adaptive functioning and coping.

 Please contact the TLC at 732-235-2810 for more information about the above programs.

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Please contact the TLC at 732-235-2810 for more information on the above workshops.