KSPRC Training Offerings

To learn more about any of the presentations and training sessions listed or for pricing information please contact the KSPRC staff. 

Community Presentations:

Introduction to Suicide Prevention

An overview of relevant suicide statistics to help the presentation audience identify the scope of the problem of suicide and possible interventions for suicide prevention in their sector. The presentation includes a review of the warning signs of suicide and a review of theory explaining how some may come to consider suicide. There will be brief instruction on starting a conversation with someone at risk of suicide and how to connect that person to the next helper. 

Suicide Talk

Suicide Talk is a 2-hour suicide awareness presentation that helps participants to understand the issue of suicide and how they can help prevent it in their communities. The session examines why people experience thoughts of suicide, encourages open discussion of suicide, reinforces thinking about attitudes towards suicide and explores avenues for preventing suicide. The session is appropriate for anyone over the age of 15 who wants to learn more and help make a difference.

School-Based Prevention:

Suicide in Schools

Suicide in Schools is a comprehensive guide for school-based suicide prevention and postvention. Presentations are customized to the needs of the participating school. Past presentations have included in-depth coverage of best-practices related to responding to a student who is re-entering school after a mental health/suicide crisis. Length of presentation is determined by learning objectives. 

Talking Together and Suicide Prevention

Talking Together is an evidence-based program which is implemented in grade school classrooms. The curriculum is presented by teachers and focuses on creating safe learning environments, building social and problem-solving skills in students. This program builds resiliency. Resiliency, problem-solving skills and social skills have been show to have a positive effect on reducing bullying. The presentation to students ends with a monitored discussion of suicide risk and how to ask for help. The KSPRC training focuses on helping teachers learn to deliver the program. 

You are a Lifesaver

A 90 to 120 minute presentation for school staff and teachers drawn from Suicide in Schools: A Practitioner's Guide to Multi-Level Prevention, Assessment, Intervention and Postvention. The program contains information on youth-specific suicide risk factors, protective elements, warning signs and how to help. This presentation is suitable for meeting Jason Flatt Act training requirements. It can also be adapted for students and parents. 

Yellow Ribbon

Yellow Ribbon is a gatekeeper level training for teachers and administrators that includes a presentation to students. It communicates that students should ask for help when they are experiencing depression, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, etc. Audience is usually middle-school aged youth.  

More Than Sad

A highs school program consisting of two, 45-minute presentations in the classroom. The program includes videos that are shown in class, followed by a teacher-led discussion with the students about depression awareness and suicide prevention. This is an AFSP product which KSPRC staff is available to provide the Train the Trainer for implementation in classrooms. 

Suicide Intervention and Clinical Settings:

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)

This is a two-day workshop for learning suicide intervention skills. The focus is on learning to identify suicide risk and developing a plan with the person at risk to stay safe for now. Participants are taught to identify possible warning sings for suicide including changes in behavior such as isolation, withdraw, discussing suicide, increase in substance use, aggressiveness and feelings of hopelessness or pain. Participants are then taught to identify a plan that will keep the person safe which often includes helping the person seek longer term support or treatment for mental health or substance use problems. 

C.A.L.M. (Counseling Access to Lethal Means)

90-120 minute training for parents or counselors which focuses on learning the skills necessary to restrict access to lethal means like firearms and abusive substances like pain medications, opiods, and over-the-counter medications. The training includes case studies and a safety plan for these substances. 

Suicide Risk Assessment: the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale

The Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (CSSRS) is an evidence-based suicide screening tool which is considered the "gold standard" in risk assessment. This training session focuses on building competence and confidence assessing for suicide risk. The training will provide participants with the structure, scoring of the CSSRS, practice utilizing the scale, and examples of next steps for suicide risk management. There is no mental health provider requirement to use the CSSRS. It is a tool for the community at large. 

Managing Suicide Risk in Substance Use Treatment Settings

This presentation was adapted from SAMHSA's Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP 50). It is geared towards substance use treatment professionals. Participatns will learn about the link between substance use and suicide, gain insight into their personal attitudes about suicide, learn warning signs for suicide risk and will be able to: Gather Information, Access Supervision, Take responsible action and Extend the action (GATE) by the conclusion of the training.