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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Training Available in Central VA


ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is suicide intervention training for professionals and others who would like to know how to do a successful intervention with someone identified as at risk for suicide. ASIST is a 2 day workshop recommended for counselors, administrators, and any others interested. Participants must attend both full days of the training. To register, visit the Mental Health America of Central Virginia website,, or contact Amy Hart at 434.847.9055 or

Thursday & Friday, June 20 & 21, 2013**

Thursday & Friday, August 15 & 16, 2013*

Thursday & Friday, December 12 & 13, 2013*

*Held at the Pearson Cancer Center, 1701 Thomson Dr., Lynchburg, VA from 8:30am to 4:30pm each day.

**Held at the United Way Building, 1010 Miller Park Sq., Lynchburg, VA from 8:30am to 4:30pm each day.

Participants must attend both days.

To learn more about how to host a training within your organization, please call Amy Hart at 434.847.9055.

All training provided by the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Grant and the Virginia Department of Health and sponsored by Mental Health America of Central Virginia.

Mental Health First Aid Training

The Campus Suicide Prevention Center of Virginia, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Health and the Planning Council will host the Mental Health First Aid training on July 8-9 , 2013 in Norfolk, VA

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) teaches participants the skills needed to identify and support those with mental illnesses and substance use disorders. It is appropriate for primary care professionals, employers and business leaders, faith communities, school personnel and educators, state police and corrections officers, nursing home staff, mental health authorities, state policymakers, volunteers, young people, families and the general public.

MHFA is a 12- hour, highly interactive course that:
• Provides an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders,
• Introduces risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, as well as their impact on individuals,
• Provides an overview of common treatments.

Participants who complete the course certify as “Mental Health First Aiders”; they learn the skills and resources needed to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate care.

To learn more, go to:

Because of the generous support of the Virginia Department of Health's Division of Injury and Violence Prevention, this training will be offered at no cost. MHFA is typically valued at $200. All training materials will be provided; meals will be "on your own".

Space is limited to 30 participants per training. Because of the demand for seats, please register only if you are able to attend the full two days, and are not 'on-call' for other duties during that time.

To register, go to:


Most mental health clinicians have had little or no formal training in assessing suicide risk, yet they are often called upon to do so. Recognizing and Responding to Suicide Risk: Essential Skills for Clinicians (RRSR) has been developed by the American Association of Suicidology specifically to fill this training gap. RRSR is an advanced, interactive training based on established core competencies that mental health professionals need in order to effectively assess and manage suicide risk in their patients. The program has several components, including a web-based assessment; two on-line, self-paced modules; a two-day face-to-face workshop; and post-workshop mentorship through on-line learning activities.

RRSR is appropriate for any mental health clinician working with patients on an ongoing basis. Participants can include licensed private counselors, licensed clinical social workers, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists and psychiatric nurses, addiction counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists and pastoral counselors.

Additional information about RRSR is available at

The Virginia Department of Health will host 3 RRSR trainings in 2013. This training is for all mental health clinicians, regardless of your place of work. Some of you may be familiar with another suicide prevention training offered, ASIST. Please refer to the attached document for an explanation as to who should attend ASIST and who should attend an RRSR training.

Through a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) this training will be offered at no cost to 50 participants; the training is typically valued at $250 a participant. All training materials will be provided.

The training will be from 8:30-4:45 both days. One hour will be given for lunch; meals will be "on your own".

Because of the demand for seats, please register only if you are able to attend the full two days, and are not 'on-call' for other duties during that time.

2013 Training Dates, Locations, and Registration:

July 16-17, 2013
Martinsville, VA

July 23-24, 2013
Hampton, VA

July 30-31, 2013
Harrisonburg, VA