Free Suicide Prevention Workshops

I am coordinating the following. Please forward all inquiries to mkhetarpal@mccedu.ca

Manisha

Free Suicide prevention workshops for students enrolled in your Early Education or Bachelor of Education or Aboriginal Teacher Education Program. The following free workshops will be delivered via Zoom. Registration is required.

1.       Tattered Teddies: Preventing Suicide in Children (3 hours)

2.       Straight Talk: Preventing Suicide in Youth (3 hours)

3.       Little Cub: Preventing Suicide in Indigenous Children (7 hours)

4.       River of Life: Preventing Suicide in Indigenous Youth  (self-study online 4-6 hours)


Training 1: Tattered Teddies Preventing Suicide in Children

Suicidal behaviour in children age 12 or younger is a subject of growing concern for those who work with children. Suicidal thoughts and attempts in children have sometimes been overlooked, denied or ignored. Tattered Teddies is an interactive half-day workshop which examines warning signs in a child and explores intervention strategies through stories and case studies. Note: Intervention approaches build on the skills taught in the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) as they apply to children.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

·         Appreciate that children can experience suicide ideation;

·         Identify protective factors, risk factors and warning signs in children; and

·         Confidently transfer care of a child to a caregiver (including but not limited to a parent, guardian, professional, or community resource).

Audience: Ages 18+: This workshop provides information and offers practical approaches for those working with children who are working with children who are age 12 or younger and who may be at risk of suicide.

Participants can include but not limited to: parents and caregivers; family and friends; natural helpers and advisors; educators and ministers; health practitioners; justice, law enforcers, emergency workers, and community volunteers. Information provided is appropriate for beginner and intermediate social work practice.

Certificate and Accreditation

All participants will receive a participation certificate upon completing 4 hours of instruction hours.

Time: Wednesdays, June 10

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Training 2: Straight Talk Preventing Suicide in Youth

Straight Talk is an interactive half-day workshop created for individuals working with youth aged 12 to 24.  Straight Talk encompasses the developmental, cognitive, and emotional differences found within this age group in presenting strategies to strengthen the protective factors of youth at risk of suicide. Relevant intervention strategies are explored through videos and case studies.

Audience: Ages 18+  This workshop will benefit any adult working with youth aged 12 – 24.

Participants can include but not limited to: parents and caregivers; family and friends; natural helpers and advisors; educators and ministers; health practitioners; justice, law enforcers, emergency workers, and community volunteers. Information provided is appropriate for beginner and intermediate social work practice.

Certificate and Accreditation

All participants will receive a participation certificate upon completing 4 hours of instruction.

Time: Wednesday, June 17

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Training 3: Little Cub Preventing Suicide in Indigenous Children 1 day training  (10am-5pm roughly)

Little Cub is a 1-day, discussion-based workshop examining suicide prevention in Indigenous children and communities. The Little Cub Workshop draws heavily on storytelling and oral tradition. It begins by recognizing the unique precipitating factors of suicide in Indigenous communities and moves through to identifying risk and protective factors in children 12 years of age and younger. The workshop finishes by empowering participants with knowledge and tools to transfer the care of a child at risk of suicide to a community-based resource person.

Workshop Topics include:

o        Story of Indigenous Experiences

o        Conversations and Understanding

o        Protective and Risk Factors

o        Responding with Hope

o        Understanding More

Audience: Ages 18+. This workshop provides information and offers practical approaches for those working with Indigenous children who may be at risk of suicide. The precipitating factors of suicide are different in Indigenous communities than in the general population. Information provided is appropriate for beginner and intermediate social work practice.

Certificate: All participants will receive a participation certificate upon completing 7 hours of instruction.

Time: Wednesday, June 24

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Training 4: River of Life is a series of online modules only and people work through at their own pace.

These four training is offered for FREE for current Education students – only those completing their study in post-secondary schools in 2020.

Time: Wednesdays, June 10, 17, 24 

These training sessions are offered by Maskwacis Cultural College Continuing Education program. If you are interested in these sessions then please contact Manisha Khetarpal. mkhetarpal@mccedu.ca