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Recent Webinars


MindKare and the California Community College Mental Health Services Grant Program

January 25, 2018

Learn how the MindKare kiosk can bring mental health services to your student body and how the California Community College Mental Health Services Grant can be fulfilled through Screening for Mental Health’s program.

The kiosks provide screening services to students, provide connections for on- and off-campus supports, ensure that underserved and vulnerable student populations receive culturally competent mental health services and referral services and reduces the racial disparities in access to mental health care, prevention, early intervention and suicide prevention training. 

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Treating Depression in College Students

October 4, 2017 

October is Depression Awareness Month, and while depression affects people of all ages, college can be a particularly difficult time for many people who may struggle with their mental health. Some are experiencing depression for the first time in their lives, and others are coping with it for the first time as independent adults. 

Melissa Comeau, Ed.S., LMHC, LMFT, NCC will speak about her experience in a clinical setting working in college counseling at Florida State University and University of Central Florida.  She'll address college students' presentation of depression and best practices. She will also talk about how colleges and private practices can meet the high numbers of college students seeking help.
Comeau is a licensed mental health counselor, licensed marriage and family therapist, and national certified counselor. She holds an education specialist degree, Master of Science Degree and Bachelor’s Degree from Florida State University.   

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Alcohol Intervention Strategies in Working with College Students

April 3, 2017

Lead presenters,  Dr. James G. Murphy, Ph.D. Professor, Director of Clinical Training at University of Memphis and Dr. David J. Hanson, Ph.D, Professor of Sociology at State University of New York at Potsdam discuss brief intervention strategies in treating alcohol use disorders among college students.

Dr. James Murphy has published over 100 papers and chapters related to college student drinking, addiction, brief motivational interventions, and behavioral economics.  He completed an NIAAA-sponsored postdoctoral research fellowship at Brown University before joining the faculty at the University of Memphis in 2006. Murphy has served as a grant reviewer for numerous NIH study sections and is a consulting editor for the journals Addiction, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, and the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior.  He was named a fellow in APA Division 50 (Society of Addiction Psychology) in 2016. 

Dr. David J. Hanson has researched the subject of alcohol and drinking for over 40 years. Dr. Hanson has received alcohol research grants from federal and state agencies, published several dozen chapters in books on alcohol, prepared articles for encyclopedias, and published two books on alcohol. His scholarly publications number over 300 and textbooks in 15 fields of study report his research.  Hanson has served as alcohol consultant to the Canadian government and testified on Capitol Hill. His research and opinions have repeatedly been reported in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, Parade (the Sunday newspaper supplement) and other major newspapers. Hanson has appeared as an alcohol expert in several nationally/internationally syndicated shows including  NBC Nightly News, CNN Saturday, National Public Radio's "All Things Considered,” the ABC national radio news, as well as over sixty radio programs across the U.S. and several other countries.

In this presentation, Murphy & Hanson will:
- Provide novel approaches to enhance intervention efficacy
- Share effective Harm Reduction strategies in treating college students
- Help guide college staff on best practices for identifying and treating alcohol use disorders on campus 

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Treating Students with Eating Disorders: A Comprehensive, Interdisciplinary Model for Recovery on Campus
February 23, 2017

Lead presenter, Catherine Dooley, developed, co-directed and supervised McLean Hospital’s first comprehensive Milieu Eating Disorder Treatment Program on the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Unit in 1980. She developed a group method for training clinical staff in the application of Relational Theory in their work with Eating Disorder clients. 
During her sixteen years working at Brandeis University, she developed and directed the Campus Program for the Prevention and Treatment of Eating Disorders, ran and supervised a multidisciplinary ED team holding weekly client rounds, and held a weekly clinical seminar for best practice in treatment. 
As Co-Director of the Mother/Son Project and a faculty member at the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute (a part of the Centers for Research for Women at Wellesley College), she specializes in gender issues, and identifying and overcoming problems created by cultural stereotypes. She lectures and runs workshops for clinicians, parents and teachers who are interested in learning how to identify and prevent problems like Eating Disorders that arise from embedded gender stereotypes. 

In this presentation, Dooley : 
-Discussed a four-stage model for treating students with Eating Disorders on campus 
-Walked participants through the import criteria for establishing a multi-tiered treatment team 
-Helped guide college staff on best practices for identifying and preventing eating disorders on campus 

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Developing a Comprehensive Campus Approach to Suicide Prevention
October 5, 2016

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death for college-age students. In recent years, many promising initiatives have been launched to prevent suicide, promote mental health, and eliminate stigma on college and university campuses. When numerous stakeholders, including administrators, staff, faculty, and students, take responsibility for implementing campus suicide prevention, comprehensive solutions are possible. 

Matthew Fullen, M.A., M.Div., LPCC, Program Manager of The Ohio State University Suicide Prevention Program, will discuss the ongoing need for campus suicide prevention, strategies for enlisting administrators, staff, faculty, and students as campus stakeholders, and statewide advocacy efforts that are changing how suicide prevention is approached in Ohio. 

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Successful Campus Frameworks to Address High Risk Alcohol Use
April 6th, 2016

Alcohol use continues to challenge student success at colleges and universities. Research shows alcohol consumption can reduce motivation and cause grades to suffer. Fortunately, university alcohol prevention activities can have a positive impact on students’ academic success. New scientific findings, as well as policy developments, are changing the way we think about these challenges.

Dr Laurie Betting, Associate Vice President for Health & Wellness at the University of North Dakota, will explore some of these changes, discuss a framework for alcohol harm reduction, and provide a case study for successful harm reduction effort.

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Eating Disorders and Co-Occurring Diagnoses
March 1st, 2016

Many of those who struggle with eating disorders also struggling with substance abuse. Research is showing there are multiple shared neurotransmitters that are thought to be involved in both disorders. Patients in recovery from an eating disorder sometimes use substances to avoid discomfort in the recovery process, and likewise, patients in recovery from a substance use disorder may use an eating disorder to compensate for the lack of chemical reinforcement. Bouncing back and forth between addictions, these patients can feel defeated and hopeless.

This webinar explores Montecatini’s Integrated Care Model which incorporates evidence-based treatments to address both disorders concurrently. 

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Common on Campus: Eating Disorders & College Students
February 3rd, 2016

Emily Slager, the Program Director of Walden Behavioral Care's Hickory Drive Clinic will address the following critical aspects of eating disorders:

How the transition from high school to college can impact youth mental health, especially in relation to the development of eating disorders;
Why the college population is more vulnerable to the onset or reoccurrence of an eating disorder;
Signs and symptoms to look for on college campuses;
What college administrators, counselors and other staff can do to help prevent and treat eating disorders on campus; and
Innovative treatment options for this special population.

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Mass Men

Talk Like a Man: Communication and Connectedness for Men in the Middle Years

November 15, 2017

This free webinar explores the socialization and culture of men in the middle years (MIMY). The webinar is designed to help mental health care providers use effective messages to promote connectedness among middle-age men. 

According to a recent Boston Globe Magazine article, the greatest problem facing middle-age men is loneliness. The solution? Connectedness. As defined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), connectedness is “the degree to which a person or group is socially close, interrelated, or shares resources with other persons or groups.” Connections with family, friends, community organizations, and social institutions are vital to a man’s well-being, yet can be hindered by society’s view of “masculinities.” The task, then, is to help men forge connections not despite the culture but within it. 

The webinar introduces counselors and other caregivers to ideas about communications that foster connectedness among men—both in the provider-client relationship and in men’s daily lives. You will learn effective strategies for talking about mental, emotional, and relational health with male clients as well as for assisting men in strengthening their network of connectedness. It will also cover personal stories, how MassMen can put clients in touch with free, anonymous screenings for issues commonly faced by men, and key resources for men across the state of Massachusetts. 

Franklin Cook, MA, CPC, is Director of Community Outreach for MassMen. He owns and operates Unified Community Solutions, a private consultancy in Watertown, MA, that worked with Screening for Mental Health and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to launch MassMen in 2015. Franklin began his career as a volunteer and has worked since 1999 at the community, state, and national levels in community-based suicide prevention program development, management, and leadership.

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Healthy Men Michigan

Tweet Your Brain with Care: Best Practices for Men’s Mental Health Campaigns on Social Media

February 13, 2018

Over the past year, the Healthy Men Michigan team has focused on developing effective mental health and suicide prevention messaging for working-aged men and we are excited to share these tips with our colleagues. Join us for a free webinar on strategies for reaching men through health and wellness social media initiatives, based on lessons learned in marketing and outreach for the Healthy Men Michigan campaign. Attendees will learn to infuse their brand into social media to promote their health-related messaging and boost their online presence, while using effective and safe methods of online communication to promote help-seeking behaviors in men. Webinar content touches upon such social media strategies as Twitter chats, boosted Facebook posts, educational webinars, and the utilization of social media management platforms like HootSuite when planning a campaign. We also advise you as to how to best utilize your partnership with Healthy Men Michigan to assist men via social media in strengthening their networks of social support and community resources.
Speakers include:

  • Healthy Men Michigan Principal Investigator Jodi Frey, PhD.
  • Screening for Mental Health and Healthy Men Michigan Program Manager Courtney Miner, MPA.
  • Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas, clinical psychologist, mental health advocate, faculty member, patient, and survivor.
  • Paige Beaufort, project coordinator from Cactus Advertising and contractor on the Healthy Men Michigan campaign.

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Healthy Men Michigan

Living Life on the Offense: Tackling Men's Mental Fitness with Eric Hipple

September 25, 2017

Former Detroit Lions quarterback, suicide loss survivor, and mental health advocate Eric Hipple has teamed up with Healthy Men Michigan to tell his story of personal loss, struggle, and recovery. In this webinar, he presents his program “Living Life on the Offense” and discusses the importance of mental fitness assessment when strategizing for your own health game plan. Topics include problem solving, trauma, brain illness, and health screening.

Eric is joined by Healthy Men Michigan Principal Investigator Jodi Frey, PhD, of the University of Maryland in Baltimore, who further addresses mental health and suicide prevention in working-aged men. Jodi gives background on the HealthyMenMichigan.org campaign and addresses how attendees can be a part of the men’s mental fitness movement.

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Healthy Men Michigan

What’s Really Going On? Identifying Depression and Suicide Risk in Men in Healthcare Settings

May 16, 2017

Although men are less likely than women to seek help for health-related issues, they are more disposed to contact a professional about physical symptoms than emotional ones. Consequently, these providers are often the first health professionals to observe signs of depression and suicide risk in the men they serve.  
In this webinar, panelists will discuss using screenings to identify these symptoms in men across healthcare settings, as well as methods for helping them pursue appropriate treatment.  

Speakers included:  
Brian Ahmedani, PhD, LMSW -- Director of Psychiatry Research at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, MI. He has led several large research projects on suicide prevention and other mental health issues, and his recent work has been published in more than 50 journal articles since 2011.  
Lawrence R. Fischetti, PhD -- Associate Director of Behavioral Science and Community Medicine for the Oakwood Annapolis Family Medicine Residency Program. He is also Director of Communication and General Competency Training at Oakwood Hospital, Department of Medical Education.

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Healthy Men Michigan

For Men Who Think of Sirens As Driving Music: Addressing the Emotional Needs of First Responders and Public Safety Officials

April 11, 2017

First responders and public safety workers experience repeated exposure to trauma through their work. This can have a lasting impact on mental well-being and puts these men and women at increased risk. For example, the National Firefighters Foundation reports that in any year, a department is four times more likely to experience the suicide death of a member than a line-of-duty death.

As a result of career-related stress, first responders and public safety workers often face emotional needs unique to their occupations and require access to resources that are specific to understanding those circumstances. Learn what experts are doing to help men who are first responders with their emotional fitness.

Speakers included:
Jeff Dill, Founder of Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance (FBHA) and retired Captain of the Palatine Rural Fire Protection District in Inverness, IL 
Steve Darling, MA – Retired Michigan State Police Officer, including 8 years with Behavioral Science as a law enforcement counselor, and also holds a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling from Western Michigan University 

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Healthy Men Michigan

You Can’t Fix Your Mental Health with Duct Tape: Preventing Suicide in the Construction Industry 
March 6, 2017

Webinar on preventing suicide in the construction industry. The suicide rate among workers in the construction industry is four times the national average. Experts consider potential causes to be financial stress, “tough guy” culture, being away from family for seasonal work, and a high-pressure work environment.

Speakers included:
Cal Beyer, Director of Risk Management at Lakeside Industries, Inc. Cal is a Co-Lead and Executive Committee Member of the Workplace Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.
David James, Chief Financial Officer of FNF Construction, Inc., one of the nation’s top heavy-highway contractors. David is an active member of the Workplace Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.
Bob VandePol, Executive Director of Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services' Employee Assistance Program. Bob previously helped to grow Crisis Care Network from a startup to the world’s largest provider of Critical Incident Response Services to the workplace.

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Healthy Men Michigan

lt'll Treat You Better Than a MRE: How Screening Can Prevent Veteran Suicide
February 7, 2017

Discussion about preventing suicide among military veterans. Panelists included: 
Tom K. Cruz. Cruz is an Active Duty Master Sergeant in the US Army with 21 years of experience. 
April C. Foreman, PhD. Foreman is a licensed psychologist serving veterans as the suicide prevention coordinator for the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care system. She also serves as the Suicide Prevention Lead for Veterans Integrated Service Network 16, a region of Veterans Affairs. 
Deacon Taylor. Taylor is a veteran of the US Army and the National Chair of the Veterans Party of America.

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Youth Programs

Addressing Adolescent Depression and Suicide: Using an Evidence-Based Prevention Program

Suicide is a serious public health problem that causes immeasurable pain. Over the past decade, the suicide rate in the U.S. has been rising and it is the second leading cause of death for youth between the ages of 11 and 18. Suicide prevention is possible. This webinar will showcase the nationally recognized, evidence-based Signs of Suicide® (SOS) prevention programs and highlight the long-standing work of Elyssa’s Mission®, a local non-profit organization that funds and directly supports SOS implementation within Illinois middle and high schools. Learn how the SOS model can be implemented in school and community settings to educate young people about mental health and prevent youth suicide.

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Be Proactive About Youth Suicide Prevention

October 10, 2017

Learn how to become a youth suicide prevention champion by bringing the SOS Certified Training Institute and the SOS Program to your community.

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Fulfilling California’s New Suicide Prevention Mandate
May 17, 2017

SMH staff discuss how the SOS Signs of Suicide Prevention Program can be used to fulfill new California state legislation requiring that all middle and high schools have a suicide prevention policy in place. Learn how to implement the universal, evidence-based SOS Program with youth and the tools provided to train your faculty and staff in youth suicide prevention.   

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Implementing the Signs of Self-Injury Prevention Program In Your School
May 3, 2017

In the third and final webinar of Screening for Mental Health’s three-part webinar series, Senior Manager for Suicide Prevention Programs, Meghan Diamon, and Training Manager, Chelsea Biggs, take a deeper look at implementing the Signs of Self-Injury Prevention Program. Watch this webinar to review program content for students, parents, faculty and staff. Consider best practices for school-wide prevention and effective responses to incidence of self-injury in your school.

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The SOS Second ACT Program: Suicide Prevention for Older Teens 
April 27, 2017

Second in a three-part webinar series, Senior Manager for Suicide Prevention Programs, Meghan Diamon, discusses how to implement the SOS Second ACT Program, designed specifically for upperclassmen as they prepare for life beyond high school. Watch this webinar to consider best practices in addressing the mental health concerns of teens in the transition years using this supplement to the SOS Program.  

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Provide Suicide Prevention Programming in Your School: Implementing SOS in middle and high schools
April 19, 2017

First in a three-part webinar series, Screening for Mental Health staff discuss how to implement a universal, school-based suicide prevention program. Watch this webinar with SOS Signs of Suicide team members Chelsea Biggs and Laura Steele as they review planning and implementation of this national, evidence-based programming.  

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Understanding Childhood Trauma: The School’s Role
April 25th, 2016

Staff from the Riverside Trauma Center and the Los Angeles Unified School District join Screening for Mental Health's Youth Program Manager, Meghan Diamon to discuss childhood trauma, how it impacts classroom behavior, and how schools can support these youth.

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What do YOU Want to Know about Self-Injury?
March 1st, 2016

Self-injury expert Janis Whitlock answers questions from school staff about self-injury while also covering some introductory information about:

  •  Why some young people engage in self-injurious behavior 
  •  Why self-injury can easily become contagious in a school
  •  How your school can manage students who self-injure and prevent contagion
  •  How to advise parents to work with students who self-injure
  •  New training opportunities available for non suicidal self-injury

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MindKare and the California Community College Mental Health Services Grant Program

January 25, 2018

Learn how the MindKare kiosk can bring mental health services to your student body and how the California Community College Mental Health Services Grant can be fulfilled through Screening for Mental Health’s program.

The kiosks provide screening services to students, provide connections for on- and off-campus supports, ensure that underserved and vulnerable student populations receive culturally competent mental health services and referral services and reduces the racial disparities in access to mental health care, prevention, early intervention and suicide prevention training. 

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Supporting your community through education and screenings: Psychosis Aware   
Psychosis Support and the New SMH Psychosis Screening Tool 

November 2, 2017

Screening for Mental Health is pleased to offer partners its newest screening tool, Psychosis Aware. The screening aims to identify psychosis as early as possible, which can greatly improve health outcomes. An expert panel explains psychosis, its early symptoms, treatment, and support, as well as how to incorporate Psychosis Aware into your current suite of screenings. 

An estimated 9 million Americans currently live with a psychotic disorder, and about 100,000 adolescents and young adults in the U.S. experience a first episode of psychosis each year. For more than 60 years, experts have worked toward treatments that can impact, or even alter, the course of this disorder. These studies show that early intervention is beneficial in reducing the morbidity of psychosis. Delays in treatment can have serious consequences for patients and families.  

Psychosis Aware is already available to all of our partners, so after learning more about the disorder, screening, and treatment, you can take action immediately and offer this valuable service to your community.

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Expansion of MindKare on College Campuses: models of success and how the program can benefit your campus

April 20, 2017

Through implementation of the MindKare program, colleges and universities are able to extend the reach and dissemination of critical mental health information to the students who need it most. This innovative behavioral health technology provides mental health screening tools, educational materials, and treatment resources through a free-standing kiosk.

During this presentation, participants will learn:

How MindKare kiosks act as a billboard for the importance of mental health and send a strong message to campus communities about the value administrators place on mental health and well-being
The power of readily available mental health screenings and educational materials to extend the outreach efforts of counseling centers and encourage help-seeking behaviors.
Program components of the MindKare kiosk initiative
The keys to successful implementation of the MindKare kiosk program
Q&A with Screening for Mental Health staff and guest speakers
Opportunities for explorative follow-up conversations with the MindKare Program Manager about implementing at your college or university

Hope Rochefort, MPH, is the MindKare Program Manager at Screening for Mental Health. She supports national partners in implementing the Kiosk program, as well as integrating the kiosks into hosting sites’ existing programming. Hope has a background in community mobilization to improve health inequities and managing program implementation that addresses the social determinants of health.
Craig Sharum is the Director of Communications at Easterseals. While at Easterseals, Craig has grown the organization’s social media presence and played a key role in the launch of a new website, local rebranding, and growing attendance at fund raising events. He is currently responsible for the Easterseals Michigan brand, outreach, the website, all social media, numerous newsletters, and media outreach and coverage of events.
Dr. Lisa Hawley, M.Ed. Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Counseling Department at Oakland University and has over 20 years of experience in the field of counselor education and currently teaches courses on techniques in counseling, group and multicultural counseling, and program evaluation. Her interest areas include socioeconomic issues and mental health and qualitative research methods.  Recently, with an interdisciplinary team of colleagues, she received a SAMSHA grant with an emphasis on suicide prevention on campus.  Lisa Hawley is also a Licensed Professional Counselor in Michigan.

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National Expansion of MindKare: Models of Success and How the Program Can Benefit Your Organization and Community

April 13, 2017

Conceived in 2014, the MindKare Kiosk Program is Screening for Mental Health’s newest screening tool, a public kiosk offering anonymous mental and behavioral health screenings through a touch screen platform. The program has gained national recognition for its innovative role in organizational community support of individuals seeking further information and care regarding their mental health. Screening for Mental Health has supported multisector organizations implement 80 kiosks (and growing) in Managed Care Organizations, community based organizations, college campuses, town halls, public libraries, health centers, and hospitals. The kiosk program serves to educate users on their mental health and alert them to available local treatment resources.

During the webinar, attendees will learn more about:

  • The history and development of the MindKare Kiosk Program
  • Current trends in MindKare implementation
  • The business value of hosting a MindKare kiosk
  • Hear from Trillium Health Resources, a currently implementing partner, about their experiences and the program’s value for their organization
  • Opportunities for explorative follow-up conversations with the MindKare Program Manager about implementing at your organization

Hope Rochefort, MPH, is the MindKare Program Manager at Screening for Mental Health. She supports national partners in implementing the Kiosk program, as well as integrating the kiosks into hosting sites’ existing programming. Hope has a background in community mobilization to improve health inequities and managing program implementation that addresses the social determinants of health.
Trish Blackmon, BSN, MPH, has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare administration, including leadership roles in acute care hospitals, public health and physician practice development and work with integrated care models and quality-based practice. She has experience writing, coordinating and receiving federal and state grant funding, in addition to project development and implementation.
Bobbie Lowe is a Program Coordinator in the research and development department at Trillium Health Resources, a Managed Care Organization in North Carolina. She manages new and innovative programs and projects that increase access to resources in the communities Trillium

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Screening for Mental Health's Youth Programs Team offers individuals the opportunity to attend national trainings to become certified to guide school staff and individuals from other youth serving organizations in implementation of the nationally recognized SOS Program. Interested in learning more about becoming a SOS Signs of Suicide Prevention Program Certified Trainer? Click here.