Training & Workshops

When a suicide occurs it affects an entire community.  The Suicide Prevention Center believes that educating the professionals that work within our communities is an important aspect of suicide prevention efforts.  Involving professional groups in suicide prevention efforts will create prevention-prepared communities, ready to prevent suicide and/or respond effectively should such a tragedy happen, providing timely support and resources to avert further suicides in that community.



Professional Development

  • Umatter® Suicide Prevention For Schools –
    Designated a national Best Practice Program this two-day training brings together school teams of administrators, teachers, counselors and community mental health providers to develop protocol, receive Gatekeeper training to build knowledge, attitudes and skills to prevent suicide and respond to suicidal events, learn to implement the Lifelines suicide prevention curriculum in grades 7-12, and identify resources for referral and support in their communities and state.
  • Umatter® Suicide Prevention and Postvention For Communities –
    Two one day trainings for professionals in communities, including Mental Health, First Response, Law Enforcement, Social Services, Primary Care and Faith Leadership, provide information about their role in preventing suicide, profession-specific protocol, referral and resources.
  • Umatter® for Community Awareness Training of Trainers –
    One day training prepares professionals to present 1.5 hour Parent and Community Awareness sessions to create awareness of risk factors and warning signs for suicide, what to say and do, and resources for referral and support.
  • Umatter® for Community Awareness –
    90 minute session for families and community members, delivered by a cadre of trainers who participated in the Umatter Community Awareness Training of Trainers,  provides information on risk factors and warning signs for suicide, what to say and do, and resources for referral and support.
  • Umatter® Depression Awareness Education –
    Training programs of varying lengths for school nurses, counselors, educators about risk factors, warning signs, and what to do for depression in youth.
  • Connect –
    Evidence-based training developed by NAMI NH that uses a public health approach and provides best practice protocols for suicide prevention and postvention to encourage cross-training between service providers.
  • Zero Suicide Practice Institute – A two-day training designed to engage state and community leadership teams who understand Zero Suicide at a deep practical level, and who promote and support the implementation in state and community systems. The aim is to improve care and outcomes for individuals at risk of suicide in health care systems and to commit to the safety and support of clinical staff, who do the demanding work of treating and supporting suicidal patients.  Day One:  “Providing Zero Suicide Leadership”. Day Two: “Zero Suicide Policy & Procedures Workshop”.  Teams will conclude the two days steeped in an understanding of Zero Suicide, with knowledge about their organizations’ capacity and readiness to implement the tools and processes, and with the ability to prioritize with their expanded staff.
  • Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality – The CAMS Framework – CAMS is a 20-plus year evidence-based, internationally recognized top-tier intervention with proven efficacy provided by CAMS-care.  Developed by Dr. David Jobes, this training is for clinicians who see clients at risk for suicide over the course of weeks or months.  CAMS has been used successfully by psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, counselors, nurses, marriage and family therapists, case managers, and specialized clinicians such as those working in substance use and chemical dependency.  Three part training:  Online training, in-person training, and telephone group consultation.  Offered in Vermont 1-2 times per year through the Vermont Suicide Prevention Center and the Center for Health and Learning.
  • Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM) –Access to lethal means can determine whether a person who is suicidal lives or dies.  This free 2-hour online course explains why means restriction is an important part of a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention.  It will teach you how to ask suicidal patients/clients about their access to lethal means, and work with them and their families to reduce their access. This course is open to anyone. It is designed especially for providers who counsel people at risk for suicide, primarily mental health and medical providers, but also clergy and social service providers.  To access this training visit:
VTSPC conducts training classes through out Vermont on a regular basis.

For an updated listing of these training sessions go to our Event Calendar

or view a broader list of training sessions go to the

Center for Health and Learning’s Training Calendar.

All of the VTSPC training programs are available for your group, organization, college or community.

Contact us at or at 802-254-6590 to see how we can design a program for you.

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