Our staff provides professional training in four subject areas: suicide prevention and crisis intervention, grief and loss, youth violence prevention, and cultural competency. The cost to an agency or business for a two-hour training is $200, for a half-day training it's $375, and for a full-day training it's $700. Continuing education unit (CEU) credits are available at an additional cost of $10 per person.
In addition to two-hour, half-day, and full-day trainngs, we offer an intensive two-day training in ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training). ASIST was developed by an organization in Canada called Living Works and is the most popular suicide prevention training program in the world. It’s endorsed by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and other entities. The training requires two instructors, is highly interactive, and is limited to 25 people. Participants receive a large binder with a variety of materials. The cost is $250 per person.
Suicide prevention trainings are led by Judi Hampshire, our crisis line/211 director. She’s a licensed marriage and family therapist, a certified ASIST trainer, a certified crisis worker by the American Association of Suicidology, and a certified death educator by the Association for Death Education and Counseling. She's also on the steering committee of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. She has a master’s degree from John F. Kennedy University and a B.A. degree from U.C. Berkeley.
Grief and Loss
Trainings in grief and loss are led by Susan Moore, our grief counseling director. She has been doing this work for more than 30 years, is a certified death educator by the Association for Death Edcuation and Counseling, a trainer for the California SIDS Program, and teaches an annual class in grief and loss at U.C. Berkeley Extension (in 2010 she was named honorary teacher of the year). She has a master's degree from St. Mary's College and a B.A. degree from the University of Michigan.
Youth Violence Prevention
These trainings are led by LaShonda Taylor, our youth services coordinator. She's a credentialed teacher who formerly taught at elementary, middle, and high schools in the Bay Area. She has a B.A. degree from U.C. Berkeley.
Trainings in cultural competency are led by Roberto Almanzán, our cultural competency coordinator. He has been doing this work for more than 15 years, was featured in the award-winning documentary films The Color of Fear and Walking Each Other Home, was a consultant on the films Making Peace: Facing Racism and Boys Will Be Men, and narrated the film Unheard Voices. He also has appeared on the Oprah and Donahue shows to discuss cultural competency issues. He has a master's degree from Cal State East Bay and a B.A. degree from Stanford University.