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Monday, January 28, 2008

CISM Training-Tidewater

March 1st-2nd. Critical Incident Stress Management Individual Crisis Intervention and Peer Support Course. Sponsored by the Tidewater Critical Incident Stress Management Team, Tidewater EMS Council, Inc.

March 1 & 2, 2008 0830-1630
Must attend both days to receive credit

$50.00 for CISM Members / $125.00 for Non Members

Checks at the door or call the office to pay by credit card 757-963-0632. NO CASH will be accepted at the door. Cost includes ICISF Certificate and Book. Coffee and light refreshments provided. Lunch is on your own. TEMS has a refrigerator and microwave on campus.

Please register by Friday February 22, 2008. Contact Heidi Gamblin by email if you have any questions at or phone 757-963-0632 x317.

When registering, please state your team affiliation.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Legislative Institute

Suicide Prevention Action Network USA (SPAN USA) advocates will be engaging in training on February 26th and going to Capitol Hill on February 27th and asking their members of Congress to cosponsor H.R. 4897 and its Senate companion (S. 1854). To join other suicide prevention advocates for these meetings, along with a Hill luncheon, tour of the Capitol and to view a display of Lifekeeper Memory Quilts on Capitol Hill, register for the Legislative Institute. Participants in this year's Legislative Institute will also have the opportunity to join our annual Friend for Life reception. Invited guests include Senator Gordon Smith, Senator Tom Harkin, Representative Leonard Boswell, and Representative Jim Ramstad. Also Award Winning Actress Marcia Gay Harden has been invited to join us after her prominent roles in the movies Canvas and Rails & Ties. You may know her from other films such as Mona Lisa Smile, Mystic River, Meet Joe Black or Space Cowboys. The regular registration deadline is January 31, so sign-up now! For more information and to register, please visit:

Thursday, January 24, 2008

University of Rochester Spring Training Institute

The University of Rochester is excited to announce its Second Annual Training Institute, Promoting Mental Health through Community Collaborations in Research. This Spring Research Institute on Community-Partnered Suicide Prevention Research is designed for academic-community partners who seek to deepen their experience in collaborative suicide prevention research public health and preventative approaches to decreasing suicide and related behaviors.

Applicants must apply as a team of at least two (one researcher and a lead community member). These partners must have a demonstrable commitment to work together fully and equitably in leading research on mental health issues (e.g., exposure to violence, substance abuse and others).

Applicants must provide at least one letter of support for each team member written by a director, dean, or department chair and a jointly authored three-page statement of collaborative research intent in concept paper form. This paper must include research aims, research focus, study design, information about the study population, expertise of the research team, location, and expected public health and policy relevance.

The full application packet is due by February 22, 2008 and applicants will be notified of the decision by March 8, 2008.

Details about the conference are posted on our website,

We hope to see you in Rochester in April, 2008!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Coalition Meeting

Please mark March 3, 2008 on your calendars! The Virginia Suicide Prevention Coalition is going to meet. We are tenatively scheduled to meet in Richmond. The specific time and location will be announced as the date gets closer.

On the Agenda so far:
Regional updates from those attending on suicide prevention efforts and training
Discussion of Garrett Lee Smith projects currently underway in Virginia
A State update
A presentation on NVDRS
Next steps?

Monday, January 14, 2008

Student Assistance Programming (SAP) Training

Announcing - Five regional Student Assistance Programming (SAP) two-day
trainings, which are being offered, free of charge, by the Virginia Department of Education and the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services, Project Treat (Training and Resource for Effective Adolescent Treatment). Project Treat is a grant initiative funded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA).

SAP is a comprehensive K-12 approach to prevent and to address violence, substance use and mental health issues that interfere with student learning. It is a systematic process for school-based teams to work collaboratively with community resources to prevent or minimize these barriers. SAP is data-driven and utilizes existing school and community resources to address issues impacting school climate and individual students.

The trainings are designed for a school division or a school to send a team of five individuals. The team should include education and community counseling agency staff and a parent. A principal, a division level staff person or a school board member should be one of the education representatives on the team. Each training session is limited to twelve teams.

February 19 & 20, Williamsburg
February 21 & 22, Richmond
March 4 & 5, Harrisonburg
April 10 & 11, Abingdon
April 15 & 16, Caroline County

Teams will be accepted according to the date the registrations are received.
Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Lodging and travel expenses will be the responsibility of the participants. Expenses may be paid from federal funding already available to the school division under the Safe and Drug-Free schools program.

To register, click on the following link:

If the training is full, you are having trouble registering or you need to cancel, please contact Nancy Campbell, administrative assistant (VDOE), at (804)225-2910 or For any other additional information, contact Jo Ann Burkholder, specialist for safe and drug-free schools program (VDOE), at 804-371-7586 or

Upcoming CrisisLink Events

CrisisLink is also hosting several other events. Mark your calendars for:

March 8 - Spring Fashion Show Benefiting CrisisLink
April 12 - LinkUp & Listen, CrisisLink's 4th Annual Gala Event

You can get more information on both of these fun events at

CrisisLink Volunteer Training-Arlington

New Hotline Volunteer Listeners Needed. Classes begin Feb. 2! Attend one of our upcoming information sessions in Arlington to learn more about the opportunity.

Monday, January 14

Wednesday, January 23

Call Lindsay Paulette-Chapman at 703-527-6016 for details or to RSVP

ASIST Training

Jane Wiggins has two ASISTS scheduled for Thursday/Friday Feb. 21-22 and May 8-9, 2008. If you are in the Harrisonburg VA area and would like to take advantage of this oppotunity, please contact:

Jane R. Wiggins
Program Director
Central Shenandoah Valley
Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative
Work: (540) 568-8901
Fax: (540) 568-6409

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

AAS Conference

Don't forget the American Association of Suicidology Conference held in Boston, MA
April 16th - 19th, 2008. You can get more information about the conference at or by clicking the AAS link in the Stakeholders in Prevention box.

SPAN Legislative Institute


When: February 26-27
Where: Washington, DC
Why: Achieve Change Through Action
What's New: SPAN USA Lifekeeper Memorial Quilt display on Capitol Hill, Capitol Tour, Field Liaison Roundtable, attend the Friend for Life Reception...and more!