Training for Suicide Intervention and Psychological First Aid (PFA)

August 2, 2019

Fall 2019 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.

  • 9/30 for faculty/staff
  • 10/17 for faculty/staff
  • 11/18 for faculty/staff


Suicide Awareness Training - Advanced Education

This training is a pilot 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 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.

Register for the 12/4 Advanced Education for Faculty/Staff



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 CPS 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.

  • 10/9 for faculty/staff
  • 10/29 for faculty/staff