Suicide Prevention: A Gatekeeper Training for School Personnel
Suicide Prevention: A Gatekeeper Training for School Personnel is based on current best practices and is designed for teachers and school personnel of all grade levels to increase their knowledge about suicide and crisis issues in youth.
This two-hour training:
- Meets the criteria of the recently passed Massachusetts Law, which recommends that all licensed school personnel receive a minimum of two hours training on suicide prevention every three years
- Was approved in 2015 by the SPRC Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention
- Is based on our Suicide Assessment and Intervention Training for Mental Health Professionals, which has been found to increase the knowledge and confidence of mental health professionals who attend*
Attendees will learn how to:
- Describe the scope of the problem of suicide among youth
- Provide a clinically accurate definition of suicide
- List suicide warnings signs and risk and protective factors
- Demonstrate their comfort level in asking directly about suicide
- Find school resources and/or community resources for students and families at risk
The advantages of our in-person training:
- Multiple teaching methods like lecture with PowerPoint, discussion, videos, and role-plays (depending on size of audience) help attendees understand and retain the information
- Attendees can ask follow-up questions and get immediate answers
- Participants can practice their new skills with the instructor and other attendees
“Phenomenal!! Our staff was super engaged and interested in this training. Your staff was fantastic and my boss and principal were happy!!!”
-Dr. Daniela LaBarre, School Psychologist, Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School
“Our school district recently contracted with Riverside Trauma Center to provide suicide awareness and prevention training to our staff of approximately 150 educators. Our presenter was very knowledgeable on this very important and sensitive subject matter and delivered a caring and informative presentation. I would highly recommend Riverside Trauma Center.”
-Nancy Landry, Human Resources Manager, Quabbin Regional School District
“I think the presentation was strong and meaningful to our faculty. It positions us to re-frame our approach and thinking to the social and emotional needs of students.”
-John F. Gould, EdD, Dartmouth High School Principal
Pricing for this two-hour training starts at $500 per school for any size group. For more information or to schedule a training, please contact Jenny Huynh at 781-433-0672, ext. 5738 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our highly-trained, licensed mental health professionals specialize in suicide prevention and postvention, trauma response, crisis intervention, grief counseling, resilience, and trauma-informed care. We have:
- Extensive clinical experience with trauma, suicide loss, and suicide assessment and prevention
- Trained thousands of teachers, other school personnel, mental health professionals, and others regionally and nationally on topics of suicide prevention and understanding and responding to psychological trauma
- Presented our work at national and international conferences such as the American Association of Suicidology Annual Conferences and the International Association for Suicide Prevention’s Annual Congress
Creators and key presenters of this training:
Larry Berkowitz, EdD, Director of Riverside Trauma Center
Larry has over 25 years of clinical experience and program management and a doctoral degree in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from Harvard University. He is a licensed Psychologist in Massachusetts with an appointment as a Teaching Associate in Psychology, Part Time, at Harvard Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry.
Joanna Bridger, LICSW, Clinical Services Director of Riverside Trauma Center
Joanna has over 20 years of trauma-related work experience and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. She is an independently licensed social worker in Massachusetts.
Jim McCauley, LICSW, Associate Director of Riverside Trauma Center
Jim has over 25 years of clinical experience and program management and his Master of Social Work from Boston University. He is an independently licensed social worker in Massachusetts and a Senior Lecturer in the Sociology Department at Suffolk University.
References for Riverside Trauma Center:
Deborah A. Helms, Director, Samaritans of Merrimack Valley
Stephen Murphy, Director of Business Development, The Bridge Training Institute
Lynn Sanford, LISCW, author of “Strong at the Broken Places” and widely recognized expert in the treatment of psychological trauma
Other services for schools:
Suicide Prevention Trainings and Screenings
*Publications supporting outcomes of this training:
R. Mirick, J. McCauley, J. Bridger, and L. Berkowitz, (5/9/2015). “Continuing Education on Suicide Assessment and Crisis Intervention: What Can We Learn about the Needs of Mental Health Professionals in Community Practice?”Community Mental Health Journal.doi: 10.1007/s10597-015-9884-2. Abstract available online:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25956584
R. Mirick, J. McCauley, J. Bridger, and L. Berkowitz, (2016). “Continuing Education on Suicide Assessment and Crisis Intervention for Social Workers and Other Mental Health Professionals: A Follow-Up Study” Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 36(4), 363-379.