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Suicide Prevention, Assessment & Postvention

Suicide Prevention, Assessment & Postvention

Riverside Trauma Center provides training sessions for mental health professionals and paraprofessionals, schools, organizations, workplaces, first responders and others. Continuing education hours are available for Psychologists, Social Workers, LMHCs, LMFTs, and Nurses for many Riverside Trauma Center sponsored trainings. We can design a customized training to provide the information that is most applicable to your organization.

Call us at 781-433-0672, ext. 5738 for more information and to schedule a training for your organization.


Suicide Assessment and Intervention Training for Mental Health Professionals

Description: This full-day training is designed to increase knowledge and improve the skills and confidence of clinicians and others who find themselves identifying high-risk youth and adults, and planning for their care. Participants will learn the scope of the problem, review current information on suicide risk factors, and examine personal reactions to dealing with suicidal behaviors. Best practices in risk assessment will be presented and attendees will learn techniques for eliciting suicidal ideation. Issues relative to liability management and planning for intervention will be presented. The training, which was approved in 2015 by the SPRC Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention, is based on current best practices and reflects the training objectives in the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. Research on the effectiveness of this training demonstrates significant gains in knowledge and confidence. Six (6) hours of continuing education will be provided for Psychologists, Social Workers, LMHCs, LMFTs, and Nurses.  Learn more about the training here.

Audience: Mental health professionals

“The Suicide Assessment and Intervention Training for Mental Health Professionals was one of the best I have ever attended. I feel much more confident in addressing suicidal statements made by my clients”. Mental Health Professional


Suicide Prevention: A Gatekeeper Training for School Personnel

Description: This 2-hour training is designed to increase knowledge about suicide and crisis issues in youth, including warning signs and risk and protective factors; improve the skills and confidence of teachers and other school staff to ask youth directly about suicide; understand effective school protocols for managing youth at risk; familiarize school personnel with ways to reduce stigma and improve school climate; and teach them how to find “best practices” resources for suicide prevention. The training, which was approved in 2015 by the SPRC Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention, is based on current best practices and reflects the training objectives in the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. This training is designed to meet the criteria of the recently passed Massachusetts Law Chapter 284, a bill to Reduce Gun Violence, which recommends that all licensed school personnel receive a minimum of 2 hours training on suicide prevention every 3 years. Learn more about the training here.

Audience:  All elementary and secondary school personnel

“Phenomenal! Our staff was super engaged and interested in the Suicide Prevention: A Gatekeeper Training for Schools. Your staff was fantastic and my boss and principal were happy!!!” Dr. Daniela LaBarre, School Psychologist, Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School


Postvention: Responding to Schools, Workplaces, and Communities Following Suicide

Description:  This is typically a full-day training. The term “postvention” refers to planned interventions with those affected by a suicide death that aim to address the needs of the bereaved, reduce the risk of contagion, and promote healthy adaptation of individuals and the community. The goal of this presentation is to provide guidelines for effective postvention as they relate to schools, workplaces, organizations, and communities. The presenters will draw from their broad experience in postvention, and will present informational highlights, which include data and comments generated by students at schools throughout Massachusetts where postventions have been implemented. This training is based on Riverside Trauma Center’s Postvention Protocols, which are listed in Section III of the SPRC Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention.

Audience:  School administrators, community leaders, workplaces, organizations, and human resources staff


Recognizing Depression and Suicide Risk

Description:  This 1-2 hour training discusses the signs and symptoms of depression and suicide. The risk factors for suicide and the protective factors for suicide prevention will be highlighted. This workshop gives the attendees the tools to identify people with serious depression and/or suicide risk, and provides them with the skills and knowledge to support and refer the depressed and/or suicidal person to the appropriate mental health services.

Audience: Schools, community agencies, workplaces, and many other organizations.

“Your suicide prevention training enhanced our staff’s understanding of situations to look for and how to cope with them. Your teaching approach is very effective.” Joyce Lamb, Administrator, The Fitch Home


Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR)

Description:  This evidence-based training takes 1-1.5 hours, and is for gatekeepers to learn how to help someone who might be considering suicide. Gatekeepers are people who, during the regular course of their lives, have contact with a certain population who might be at risk for suicide. QPR teaches how to recognize the warning signs, clues, and suicidal communications of people in trouble so they can act vigorously to prevent a possible tragedy. It is modeled after CPR:  spend an hour and learn how to save a life.

Audience:  All members of a community can benefit from this training, including neighbors, colleagues, family members, and others. The workshop can be tailored for specific groups like coaches, clergy, teachers, etc. A version of this training has been modified for public safety members including police, fire, EMS and Corrections. This 3-hour course is free to public safety and has an OEMS approval. It can be tailored to include information for family members of public safety as well. For more information about the training for public safety: Suicide Prevention Training for Public Safety Personnel


Unhealthy Opioid Use and Suicide Prevention

Description: Rates of both opioid overdose and suicide have been steadily increasing over recent years. They are the two leading causes of injury related death in the country, and combined are the 7th leading cause of death overall. Recently, there has been increased research and awareness about both of these important issues; about how prevalence of unhealthy opioid use and suicidal thoughts and behaviors are in all segments of society, but, also about how the two issues intersect and each increases risk for the other. This highly interactive training explores opioid use and overdose, suicide, and the intersections between the two. The session is designed for Community Health Workers and treatment providers who may have clients who have a problem with opioid use and may be considering suicide. Participants will learn to administer Narcan in the event of an overdose, recognize risk and protective factors as well as warning signs that may indicate a person is experiencing an overdose, engaging in unhealthy substance use, or contemplating suicide, as well as ways to identify strategies and tools to assess for risk and discuss possible interventions to prevent suicide, and refer people to appropriate resources for treatment.

Audience: Community health workers and treatment providers who may have clients who have a problem with opioid use and may be considering suicide.


Riverside Trauma Center provides training sessions for mental health professionals and paraprofessionals, schools, organizations, workplaces, first responders and others. Continuing education hours are available for Psychologists, Social Workers, LMHCs, LMFTs, and Nurses for many Riverside Trauma Center sponsored trainings. We can design a customized training to provide the information that is most applicable to your organization.

To discuss any questions you may have, call us at 781-433-0672, ext. 5738.