Training Options

Suicide Prevention

The Crisis Center currently offers multiple two-hour, half-day and full day suicide prevention and intervention trainings including:
Preventing Loss: An interactive overview and introduction to suicide prevention where participants can:

  • Explore the issue of suicide
  • Who dies by suicide and why
  • Creating a compassionate response within your organization or community
  • Recognize the warning signs and accessing crisis services

Survivors After Suicide Loss: An interactive workshop addressing individual and community best practices following a suicide death.

  • Creating a full understanding of the impact of suicide on a friend, family member, or community
  • Anticipating and planning for a crisis response
  • Short-term response techniques, mid-term response, and long-term planning and follow up care

Contra Costa Crisis Center’s Suicide Prevention: four-hour training in the integrated model designed and used by the Contra Costa Crisis Center in its 24:7 crisis line response.

QPR “Question, Persuade, Refer”: a two-hour training focusing on the three steps anyone can learn to help prevent suicide. Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives.

safeTALK, a LivingWorks™ half-day alertness workshop that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper.

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) LivingWorks™: an intensive two-day training, ASIST was developed by Living Works, a Canada based organization, and is one of the most popular suicide prevention training programs in the world. It is endorsed by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Suicide prevention trainings are led by highly trained staff in many LivingWorks™ models.

Grief and Loss

The Crisis Center currently offers several two-hour, half-day and full day professional trainings focusing on grief and loss.

Grief 101: an overview of the grieving process, grief symptoms, and strategies to support the bereaved.

Mental Health, Stigma, and Grief: Surviving a Loss to Suicide: An interactive workshop addressing individual and community best practices following a suicide death.

  • Exploring the intersections of mental health, stigma, and suicide
  • Review the current research regarding suicide, intervention, and prevention
  • Creating a full understanding of the impact of suicide on a friend, family member, or community
  • Anticipating and planning for a crisis response
  • Short-term response techniques, mid-term response, and long-term planning and follow up care

Grief, Trauma, and Loss: working with bereaved clients. An interactive half-day or full-day workshop designed for mental health, social work, and other social services professionals to better understand the impact of grief, loss, and trauma have on clients. Full-day workshop includes an expanded module on the impact to children, adolescents, and families.

Mobile Grief Response: responding to a sudden or traumatic death: two-hour workshop designed to create a compassionate response in schools, business, and organizations after a sudden or traumatic death. Participants will learn:

  • Creating a full understanding of the far reaching impact of sudden death and suicide on a friend, family member, or community
  • Best practices in Postvention and grief response teams
  • Anticipating and planning for a crisis response
  • Short-term response techniques, mid-term response, and long-term planning and follow up care
  • Toolkit for developing a Postvention plan

Additionally, trainings in grief and loss are offered each fall in preparation for joining either our grief counseling team or our clinical internship