Faculty and Staff Mental Health Training

Please note the March 11 training has been canceled. All future trainings will be held as webinars.

Please contact Aaron Cohen with questions - acohen@berkeley.edu

February 3, 2020

Spring 2020 Schedule

Suicide Awareness Training

Over the last few years, you may have become acquainted with the Look for the Signs App (for students) and the Mental Health Handbook for faculty, staff and GSIs to assist you in helping someone in distress. One component of that help is understanding when a student may be in danger of suicide.  Counseling and Psychological services (CAPS) would like to offer you a unique training specifically to support students who may be thinking about suicide.

This training, an introductory overview, will use a scenario, lecture and discussion to help you understand the warning signs and risk factors associated with thoughts of suicide. You will learn ways to approach and talk to a student about your concerns, including how to ask a question about suicide. Lastly you will learn the resources and how to make appropriate referrals.

  • February 25 Training for Faculty & Staff
  • March 11 Training for Faculty & Staff - CANCELED
  • March 23 Training for Faculty & Staff Webinar

Suicide Awareness Training - Advanced Education

This training is meant to be a follow up to the initial Suicide Awareness and Intervention Education.  Only those who have taken the initial training offered this semester and last year, or have taken the previous Question, Persuade and Refer courses should sign up for this training.  The training will take already learned material and expand on how to support a person who is in crisis and thinking about suicide.  The training will be case study based.

Supporting Students in Distress: De-Escalation Skills 

This pilot training will help Faculty and Staff identify students in distressed and possibly acting out. Faculty and staff will learn to identify the stages of crisis the student is in and how to respond to best de-escalate the situation. 

  • April 2 Training for Faculty & Staff Webinar

Psychological First Aid (PFA) 

When tragic events happen in our UCB community faculty and staff are often called upon to offer support to students impacted. This 1.5-hour course will help you to learn the basic skills necessary to provide common sense support after a tragedy, such as a student death. The course will also address CAPS' response and how faculty and staff can collaborate with the Tang Center. This course is being offered as a way to help increase the supports campus provides in the aftermath of a tragedy and help the community begin to heal.

  • March 5 Training for Faculty & Staff
  • March 18 Training for Faculty & Staff Webinar