• Trainings on Suicide Prevention

    Face-to-Face Trainings

    Level I Training: Suicide Awareness, Identification, and Referral

    This 60- to 75-minute training is provided by Dr. Franca Mancini, Director of Psychological Counseling Services, and Dr. Michelle Scott, Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work. The training is intended for non-mental-health adult gatekeepers and non-mental-health student leaders. The training provides information on suicide epidemiology, risk factors, warning signs, and protective factors. Information about what observable behaviors might be seen, and what to do if you see these behaviors including referral information is provided.

    Level II Training: Awareness and Risk Assessment

    This 1½- to 2-hour training is designed for campus community members who spend greater amounts of time with students and may form more personal relationships with them. These individuals may also find themselves in crisis situations based on their responsibilities on campus. Examples include resident assistants, area coordinators, Monmouth University Police, master tutors, and tutoring staff. Level II trainings include content of suicide awareness, identification, and referral as in the Level I training; however, it also includes information on risk assessment using the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale.

    Level III Training: Awareness/Suicide Risk Assessment/Safety Planning

    The Level III training is for clinical gatekeepers and includes information on suicide epidemiology, risk/protective factors, risk assessment using the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale, and Safety Planning Intervention. Trainees should have the opportunity to interact with individuals clinically but not necessarily provide direct mental health therapy or treatment. Individuals may include health services and substance abuse services personnel (both on and off campus), crisis screeners, clergy, and EMTs within the local community. Level III trainings are provided by experts Kelly Posner, PhD, and Barbara Stanley, PhD, from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, New York. This training is 6 hours long and includes continuing education credits for LCSW through the Professional Education Program at Monmouth University's School of Social Work and LPC credit hours through the Graduate School's Department of Psychological Counseling.

    Level IV Training: Awareness/Risk Assessment/Safety Planning Intervention/Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Suicide Prevention

    The Level IV training is a 2-day training for mental health clinicians that provides direct therapeutic services and interventions to individuals (i.e. our students in particular). The training includes all of the information provided in the Level III training, as well as training in advanced skills and techniques of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Suicide Prevention. A basic understanding of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is expected. Level IV trainings are provided by Barbara Stanley, PhD, from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, New York. This training is two 6-hour-long days and includes continuing education credits for LCSW through the Professional Education Program at Monmouth University's School of Social Work and LPC credit hours through the Graduate School's Department of Psychological Counseling.

    For information on how to sign up for any of the above trainings, please contact Dr. Franca Mancini or Dr. Michelle Scott. Enhanced versions of trainings are also provided to students in professional schools (i.e. nursing, social work, educational counseling, etc.).

    Online Trainings

    During the second year of our suicide prevention grant, we will be bringing Kognito™ online training to campus and working with students in a more collaborative partnership. Kognito™ is an interactive suicide prevention gatekeeper training program that has different modules that cater to faculty and staff, as well as students.

    Kognito At-Risk for University and College Employees

    An online, interactive gatekeeper training simulation used at more than 300 campuses nationwide. In this 45-minute training, faculty and staff learn how to recognize when a student is exhibiting signs of psychological distress and how to approach and connect the student with support services on campus.

    Kognito At-Risk for Students 

    An online, evidence-based interactive gatekeeper training simulation designed for students and student leaders. During the 30-minute simulation, students learn how to recognize when a fellow student is exhibiting signs of psychological distress and to approach and connect the student with support services on campus.

    Kognito™ produces trainings for other populations, as well, including veterans, doctors, teachers, LGBT students and faculty, and eating disorder patients.