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Trainings & Presentations Request

Online Training: At-Risk for College Students

At-Risk for Students is an online, interactive gatekeeper training simulation designed for students and student leaders. During the 30-minute simulation, students learn the common indicators of psychological distress and how best to approach an at-risk student for referral to the counseling center. We have purchased licenses for SCSU students to participate in this interactive, online course. 

In the short online course, you will engage in simulated conversations with student avatars who are fully animated and emotionally responsive, making this interactive environment a highly realistic role-play game experience. Users assume the role of a student and engage in a challenging conversation with a student avatar who acts and responds like a real student experiencing psychological distress. Their goal in the conversations is to motivate the student to seek help.
The course can be completed over multiple sittings, as it saves your progress along the way. In this simulation, students will learn effective conversation tactics and motivational interviewing techniques to:

  • Broach the topic of psychological distress 
  • Discuss their concern with the student 
  • Avoid common pitfalls such as attempting to diagnose the problem or giving unwarranted advice

Online Training: At-Risk for University & College Faculty

At-Risk for University and College Faculty is an online, interactive gatekeeper training simulation used at more than 100 campuses nationwide. In this 45-minute training, faculty learn the common indicators of psychological distress and how to best approach an at-risk student for referral to the counseling center. We have purchased licenses for SCSU staff and faculty to participate in this interactive, online course. The course can be completed in multiple sittings.

In the short online course, you will engage in simulated conversations with emotionally responsive student avatars who exhibit signs of psychological distress. The user will play the role of the faculty or staff member that is concerned about a student. The student avatars are fully animated and emotionally responsive, making this interactive environment a highly realistic role-play game experience. In this process, participants practice and learn to use open-ended questions, reflective listening and other motivational interviewing techniques to effectively:

  • Broach the topic of psychological distress
  • Discuss their concern with the student
  • Avoid common pitfalls such as attempting to diagnose the problem or giving unwarranted advice

 

In-Person Training: Question, Persuade, Refer

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) is a 'gatekeeper training' and our goal is to provide this training to faculty, staff, and student leaders on campus – that is, the people most likely to encounter a student in crisis. The gatekeeper training provides those people the tools necessary to respond to someone who is in crisis. It takes about an hour to complete the training, and we do some role-playing to give participants the chance to practice what we learn at the sessions. We could also incorporate other information into sessions depending on the needs/interests of the audience. There are a few takeaways (booklets, stickers, etc.) for participants to leave with and have for future use. 

Question, Persuade, and Refer -- 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. As a QPR-trained Gatekeeper you will learn to:

  • Recognize the warning signs of suicide
  • Know how to offer hope
  • Know how to get help and save a life

In-person General Overview of Suicide Prevention Trainings or Mental Health Awareness

If you or your group/agency do not have the time or resources available for an Online-Training or In-person Training, than we can simply come to your location or meeting to provide a brief overview of Suicide Prevention and/or Mental Health Awareness.  We are more than happy to provide a brief summary of the trainings, and information available surrounding our efforts.

This is a great way to stir up interest within a group or give a brief introduction to the issues at hand.  It’s a way for you to find out more about our on-campus training efforts, and schedule/arrange for trainings later.

Information we will cover in a brief overview/introduction:

  • Information our on-campus efforts toward Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness
  • Provide Suicide Awareness and Prevention data
  • Provide Mental Health Awareness data
  • Discuss In-Person QPR Training
  • Discuss Online At-risk for College Students Training
  • Reference the on-campus Counseling and Psychological Services and National Suicide Prevention efforts

There is no cost to participants or departments to bring in these training opportunities. We will provide all the materials and trainers; just tell us where and when!

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