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  • Trainings for Schools

    Trainings, webinars, and conversations about mental health and trauma-informed care for elementary schools through colleges.

    Education Trainings

Help Every Step of the Way

When it comes to training your school on suicide prevention, trauma-informed care, or how to respond to a highly stressful event – our goal is to prepare your staff for tough, but manageable situations.

This not only includes our training offerings, but also recommendations that help you:

  • broach sensitive topics with your school community
  • respond to parents or school board concerns
  • and provide supporting information and resources

Introducing our Newest Training:
ACT for School Staff - Responding to Suicide Risk in Students

More states are mandating school suicide prevention training because staff are often the most trusted adults for a child at-risk. The catch is that schools already have a long list of professional development requirements and only so much bandwidth.

That’s why when we created ACT for School Staff, it was just as important that it easily fit into your staffs’ schedules, as it was to provide an effective training. Thus, this one-hour, self-guided online course was developed – teaching everyone in your school to recognize when a student is experiencing suicidal thoughts and how to ACT (Acknowledge, Care, Tell).


Available for $995 per school. Appropriate for everyone from teachers and administrators to custodians and nutritional staff in elementary, middle, and high schools.

Available Trainings

All virtual and in-person trainings are led by our team of subject matter experts, clinicians, and trauma responders.

For more information on one of the trainings below, please click the green button.

360° Guide to SOS Signs of Suicide Virtual Training

  • This public workshop prepares seasoned or new facilitators to deliver SOS Signs of Suicide in-person, virtually, or in a hybrid format. The workshop guides participants on how to lead classroom discussions about depression and suicide, identify students in need of support, and engage trusted adults in youth suicide prevention. *Please contact us for private 360° Trainings – available virtually for $3,000 (25 attendee max).


ACT for School Staff: Responding to Suicide Risk in Students

  • A one-hour, asynchronous, interactive online training designed to give every adult in your school the appropriate language for how to talk about suicide prevention. This training is available through an annual license, and can be shared with every teacher, administrator, staff member, and other trusted adults in your school.


Understanding Trauma (Part 1)

  • This training is designed to provide all participants with a foundational understanding of trauma, including the prevalence and impact of trauma across the lifespan and implications for communities. Participants will learn about the types of trauma, characteristics of traumatic responses, and how the body and brain react to traumatic stress. We will also explore risk and protective factors that influence an individual’s response to trauma and potential post-trauma pathways.


Understanding Trauma-Informed Systems (Part 2)
Sessions available for a mixed audience, school leaders, teachers, or school counselors

  • This training provides an opportunity for participants who have completed the Understanding Trauma training to apply their knowledge and expand their trauma-informed practice. We will introduce individuals to a trauma-informed approach, what it means to be a trauma-informed school, and how this differs from, but compliments, trauma treatment. Participants will learn the core principles of a trauma-informed approach and their applications within the school community. This training provides participants the opportunity to create individual plans for continued learning and application of trauma-informed practices and self-care.


Postvention Strategies for Schools Following a Traumatic Event

  • The presentation provides guidelines for an effective postvention response after a death by suicide. This includes data and comments provided by students at schools after previous postvention implementations and is based on MindWise Trauma Center’s Postvention Protocols, which are listed in Section III of the SPRC Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention.


Recognizing Depression and Suicide Risk in Youth

  • This training discusses the signs and symptoms of depression and suicide. The risk factors for suicide and the protective factors for suicide prevention in youth will also be highlighted. The curriculum provides attendees the tools to identify children at risk and the skills and knowledge to support and refer them to the appropriate mental health services.


Crisis Management for Schools and Institutions

  • Attendees will learn the overarching principles of how to respond if a traumatic event has occurred within or outside your school. Participants will learn the basics of the human stress response system, the neurobiology of trauma and various models of grief, and the core components of crisis response – including the most encountered “dilemmas” in the aftermath of crises situations.


Responding to Grief and Sudden Loss in Schools

  • This training provides schools with the tools for managing sudden or traumatic loss. Administrators and school behavioral staff will learn to facilitate healthy grieving, with the goal of helping the community integrate the loss. Includes an overview of different models of grief that span individual, developmental, family, gender, and cultural styles of grieving.

Custom Webinars for Colleges

In addition to trainings for everyone from campus counselors, guidance staff, faculty, and even security and safety teams, we also offer personalized webinars for your school. The beauty of a custom webinar is that it’s a recorded conversation that students and staff can access on demand.

Common webinar topics include:

  • Understanding mental health and substance use
  • Mitigating common student stressors such as fear of failure
  • How to not become overwhelmed by the pressures of school
  • Strategies for prioritizing healthy habits and coping strategies
  • How to ACT to help themselves or a friend in need
  • + more

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