Family Services is pleased to provide a menu of trainings that help individuals from all walks of life gain the knowledge and skills they need to identify and intervene with people struggling with mental health challenges. Training attendees will learn how to recognize the risk factors, warning signs, and protective factors for mental health problems, including risk for suicide, how to talk with an individual at risk, and how to connect them with additional resources.
All trainings are offered FREE of charge.
Middle Age Adults and Suicide: The Gender Paradox –
This training aims to reduce the incidence of suicide among middle-aged adults (45-64) by training clinicians and other individuals who serve as gatekeepers of middle-aged adults. Participants will learn statistics specific to middle-aged adults and gender differences for suicide and depression. After the training, participants will be able to identify risk factors, warning signs, and protective factors, ask questions about suicide risk, develop a safety plan, and provide additional resources. While this training is designed with mental health professionals in mind, all those in a position to help middle-aged adults will benefit from this training.
Young Mental Health First Aid
YMHFA is an 5-hour training (plus up to 2 hrs of online pre-work) that helps adults who regularly interact with youth to recognize, support, and refer youth who are experiencing mental health challenges or may be in crisis. It gives adults the skills they need to provide initial support and connect adolescents (ages 12-18) to appropriate care.
Available YMHFA Dates:
Tues, April 30, 2024
9:00am – 2:00pm
Wed, May 8, 2024
9:00am – 2:00pm
Suicide and Aging: Fact or Fiction (2 hours)
This training is offered to reduce the incidence of suicide in older adults (65+) by training individuals who serve as gatekeepers for that population. This training is geared toward a non-clinical audience and provides information on recognizing risk factors, warning signs, and protective factors for suicide in older adults, how to talk with someone at risk, and addresses misperceptions around aging, mental health, and suicide. After the training, participants will be able to identify an older adults at risk, ask questions around suicide and conduct a non-clinical assessment of suicide risk, and provide additional resources. This training is particularly suited to caregivers, Council on Aging & Senior Center staff and volunteers, nursing home and assisted living facility staff, Elder Care programs, Meals on Wheels staff, nonprofits who serve seniors, etc.
Suicide and Aging: A Gatekeeper’s Workshop (4 hours)
This workshop is designed for individuals or agencies who want an expanded suicide prevention training to reduce the incidence of suicide in older adults (65+). This workshop expands upon the two hour training content above and also includes larger discussions around the aging process- addressing positive/negative changes in older age, concerns of older adults, and common attitudes toward aging, ageism, highlights the importance of protocol development and review, and includes more time to review case scenarios to practice assessing suicide risk, discussing issues and concerns, and identifying types of referrals.
Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)
QPR is a 2-hour training in which participants will learn three simple steps to help prevent suicide and be a resource for someone who might be struggling. Training participants learn how to recognize suicide risk factors, how to intervene, and how to refer someone in need.
Available QPR Dates:
Tues, March 12, 2024
9:00am – 10:00am
Wed, April 10, 2024
11:00am – 12:00pm
Tuesday, May 14, 2024
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Schedule a Training for Your Organization, School, Business or Group
If you would like to schedule a training for your organization, call 978-327-6662, EMAIL to inquire, or submit the Training Inquiry form.