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8 Hours

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

  • Audiences Employers, Mental Health Professionals, Schools
  • CEs Available

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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.


Through this interactive, discussion-based program, attendees will learn:

  • An overview of suicide, including risk factors, current trends in youth to adults, and more
  • The scope and impact of a death by suicide, including family, friends, peers, and community, and the importance of reducing contagion and future mental health issues
  • The goals, guiding processes, and timeline of a postvention process
  • A comprehensive exploration of the 12 key tasks of a best practice postvention process
  • Specialty modules on social media memorials, schools and community peer groups, and more.

The presenters will draw from their broad experience in postvention, and will present informational highlights, which include data and comments generated by community members 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.

This is typically a full-day training but can be tailored to a shorter session depending on your team’s needs. Up to six (6) hours of continuing education may be available for Psychologists, Social Workers, LMHCs, LMFTs, and Nurses. 


  • Audience: Schools, Community Agencies, Workplaces, and Organizations
  • Length: 8 hours
  • CEs: Available

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