National Suicidology Training Center
Available Trainings at the NSTC
Active Postvention Training
Presented by Frank Campbell, Ph.D., LCSW, CT
Day One In the morning, we will begin broadly and discuss the importance of having an Active Postvention Model in your community to deal with Traumatic Deaths. Dr. Campbell will point out the consequences to first responders and individuals who encounter a traumatic death while psychologically vulnerable. As the day goes on, Dr. Campbell reminds the participants that the most predictable traumatic death each community will experience is suicide. Video and power point, metaphor and stories are used to convey the content including impact on children and the importance of getting help sooner rather than later. The key to that happening has universally been having Local Outreach to Suicide Survivor Teams (LOSS Teams).

Day Two Dr. Campbell’s one-day LOSS Team training. This concludes with discussions on next steps to make that happen in their own communities.

The cost of this limited size (no more than 20 participants) opportunity is $500 per person for both days and this includes lunch and snacks both days. Your expenses will be: travel to and from the training site, lodging and meals away from the workshops.
Creating Opportunities for Healing in the Midst of Suicide: A Training for Clergy, Lay Faith Leaders, and Funeral Home Directors
Presented by Melinda Moore, Ph.D.
Clergy and faith leaders are uniquely positioned to provide hope, promote resiliency, and to increase help-seeking behaviors among its members. This workshop will discuss best practices for faith communities to create suicide prevention strategies and messages for its congregants. It will introduce strategies for clergy and faith leaders handling suicidal individuals in their congregation, as well as when the worst has happened and a member of the community either attempts or dies by suicide. It will address how the funeral and the aftermath of the death is managed and what to expect in terms of and the aftercare for those who were most impacted by the death.

The workshop will also provide recommendations on ways that faith leaders and communities fit into the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) Comprehensive Approach to Suicide Prevention, specifically in the strategies of connectedness, life skills and resilience, and increasing help-seeking.
Developing a Successful Survivors of Suicide Program in Your Community: Using Volunteers to Make it Happen
Presented by Sandra McNally, MA, LISAC
In this one-day training, participants will learn how to develop and facilitate a successful Survivors of Suicide Loss program within their own community, using volunteers as the primary resource. The trainer will share her expertise in running such a program at EMPACT-Suicide Prevention Center in Arizona, discussing a program which has been successful in the community for the past 31 years and has been used as a model program internationally.

Topics that will be covered include volunteer recruitment, volunteer training, fundraising, and program development and sustainability.
Grief after Suicide: Understanding the Consequences and Caring for the Survivors
Presented by Melinda Moore, Ph.D.
People bereaved by suicide constitute a remarkable proportion of the population with an increased risk of experiencing complicated courses of grief. This hidden cohort of suicide-exposed people may be, themselves, at risk for psychopathology and suicide. Exposure to suicide may pose independent risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviors and could, in turn, contribute to the family transmission of suicidal behavior. There is a significant gap between the support needs of people bereaved by suicide and the provision and quality of professional support services. General practitioners and mental health professionals, in particular, should screen patients who have lost a loved one to suicide for suicidal ideation and behavior. High-risk patients should then be referred to those who are trained to provide suicide-focused treatment.

This training will address the effects of suicide exposure and bereavement on mental health, suicide risk among the bereaved, therapeutic interventions for people bereaved by suicide and the hope for Posttraumatic Growth.
No Time to Say Goodbye: Survival and Resilience After the Suicide of a Loved One
Presented by Carla Fine, M.S.
Grieving a loved one’s death by suicide is a unique experience that often feels isolating and confusing to those of us who are left behind.

This workshop will explore the different stages following the suicide of a loved one and offer practical advice for coping with bereavement and developing resilience after devastating loss.
Understanding and Supporting Youth At-risk for Suicide and Bereaved by Suicide: What All Schools Need to Know about Suicide Prevention and Postvention
Presented by Sandra McNally, MA, LISAC
In this one-day training, participants will learn how to develop a comprehensive suicide prevention and postvention program for youth within a school or community setting. Participants will increase their knowledge about best-practice suicide prevention strategies for adolescents, as well as bereavement support services to offer youth after a suicide has occurred in the community.
When Health Professionals Die by Suicide: Coming Together in Healing
Presented by Michael F. Myers, M.D.
Given that health professionals are dedicated to fighting disease and protecting life, it is always shocking when a physician, nurse, psychologist, social worker or other caregiver dies by suicide. This workshop is intended to bring colleagues to a safe place when they have lost one of their own. Attendees will come to understand the many emotions (many of them raw and frightening) that accompany suicide and gain a sense of comfort in sharing and connecting with each other.
Writing a Path to Healing: Coping With the Death of a Loved One
Presented by Carla Fine, M.S.
A hands-on exploration of the power of the written word as a tool to addressing loss and grief. Participants will discover how sharing their feelings through writing can lead to a greater clarity and understanding of the chaos and confusion that the death of a loved one leaves in its wake. Five-minute writing exercises will be conducted and shared during the workshop.
NSTC is a program of the Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center (BRCIC). Additional support provided by The American Association of Suicidology, Louisiana State University School of Social Work, and Tragedy Assistance Programs for Survivors.
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