School Safety

School Crisis Team Development: Suicide Prevention - A Gatekeeper Training for School Personnel

November 4, 2021 | 10:00 pm - 12:00 pm

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This webinar is free of charge for all Massachusetts educators.

Speaker: Rebecca Ames, LICSW, Senior Clinical Manager, Riverside Trauma Center

Webinar Description
This 2-hour virtual training is designed to increase knowledge about suicide and crisis issues in youth, including warning signs and risk and protective factors; improve the skills and confidence of teachers and other school staff to ask youth directly about suicide; understand effective school protocols for managing youth at risk; familiarize school personnel with ways to reduce stigma and improve school climate; and teach them how to find “best practices” resources for suicide prevention. 

The training, which was approved in 2015 by the SPRC Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention, is based on current best practices and reflects the training objectives in the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. This training is designed to meet the criteria of the Massachusetts Law Chapter 284, a bill to Reduce Gun Violence, which recommends that all licensed school personnel receive a minimum of 2 hours training on suicide prevention every 3 years.

About the Speaker
Rebecca Ames, LICSW, has been with Riverside Community Care since 2008, working with adolescents, families, and communities in a variety of roles. She oversaw the first expansion of the SOS Signs of Suicide Program in the early 2010s and has gained additional clinical experience in palliative and end-of-life care. As Senior Clinical Manager, Rebecca leads national trainings on trauma, suicide prevention, resilience, and related mental health issues; as well as supports communities recovering from stressful events. She is a trained yoga and meditation teacher and certified in Reiki and Ayurvedic healing practices.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about participating in the webinar.

While this series is open to all Massachusetts educators, only attendees from districts who belong to MPY may apply for PDPs and/or CEUs.

Slides available here.

Membership Information
Most MPY webinars are available to ONLY current staff from member districts and organizations. Public school memberships include police and fire personnel. Former and retired employees and members of committees, including but not limited to, PTO/PTA, PAC, School Improvement Councils, Health Councils, Drug/Alcohol Councils, and school volunteers, are not considered MPY members.

PDPs and CEUs
MPY is an approved Professional Development Provider through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (F20180079 provider number). Professional Development Points (PDPs) are offered for all MPY professional development webinars. PDPs are issued for a minimum of 10 hours of training.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for clinical staff from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association, Inc. (MaMHCA). The NASW and the MaMHCA approves each event. Event participants may request CEUs by filling out the request form above. 

Requests for PDPs and CEUs must be submitted within 8 days of the webinar. PDPs and CEUs will only be issued to participants who have attended the webinar(s) and submitted the appropriate paperwork within 8 days of the webinar, with accurate accountability codes. 

PDP and CEU certificates will be emailed to attendees at the end of the school year.

Event Cancellation Policy
If you are unable to attend any MPY event after registering, you must cancel online at least 72 hours prior to event. For assistance email

Rebecca Ames, LICSW

Rebecca Ames, LICSW

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