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Training for Social Services Agencies in Suicide Prevention and Postvention

Prevention/Intervention

Social service agencies offer a broad spectrum of programs and services to a wide variety of clients. Since suicide is a major public health issue, social service agency staff should be trained to recognize individuals at risk for suicide and learn strategies for connecting them to help. A unique community-based model, Connect increases the competence of social service providers in responding to suicide incidents and individuals at risk.

This training includes a review of National Best Practice suicide prevention/intervention policies and procedures specific to social service organizations, interactive case scenarios and discussion on how to integrate key community services for an effective and comprehensive response. For more information, click here.

Postvention

Social service agencies perform a wide range of roles and functions in supporting clients and responding to community members following a suicide death. Since knowing someone who has died by suicide is one of the highest risk factors for suicide, taking steps to reduce risk and promote healing (postvention) becomes an integral part of suicide prevention efforts.

Postvention training is offered as a proactive planning tool to promote healing and reduce risk  to social service agency staff in the event of a suicide. Using nationally designated best practice protocols, didactic learning, discussion and case vignettes, participants will learn important steps for reducing the risk of contagion. Ideally, postvention training is provided in advance to prepare agency staff to respond to a suicide of a client or community member and to enable organizations to incorporate postvention protocols into agency crisis response plans. Training and/or technical assistance can also be provided following a suicide death. For more information, click here.