October 17, 2017 , 8:30 am , 4 pm

130 Pembroke Road Suite 100

Concord, NH

With Ann Duckless

 A 6 hour training event on October 17, 2017 (Rescheduled from 4/28/17)

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (registration begins at 8:00 a.m.)

at NHADACA, 130 Pembroke Road, Suite 100, Concord, NH

PRESENTATION:  A suicide death can have a devastating impact on a school community. Since knowing someone who has died by suicide is one of the highest risk factors for suicide, taking steps to reduce risk and promote healing becomes an integral part of suicide postvention response.  Using national best practice protocols, group discussion, and case scenarios, participants will learn important steps for reducing risk of contagion, to include appropriate memorial services, safe messaging, and media response. Ideally, postvention training is provided in advance to prepare school staff to respond to a suicide and to enable schools to incorporate postvention protocols into their emergency response plans.  As a result of this training participants will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge to coordinate a safe and supportive response to a suicide death in the school community, based on National Best Practice protocols;
  • Examine criteria for developing school policies and procedures regarding crisis response, confidentiality, communication, media inquiries, support to family/students/staff, funeral services and memorials;
  • Explore the dynamics of suicide-related phenomena (contagion, pacts, clusters, copycat suicides) and strategies for reducing this risk in school communities;
  • Recognize how social media (such as FaceBook and texting)  impacts suicide response and how to manage its influence within the school community; and
  • Develop the ability to encourage help-seeking behaviors, reduce stigma, and promote healing for loss survivors in the days, weeks, and months following a suicide death.


PRESENTER:   Ann has worked at NAMI NH in the Connect Suicide Prevention Program for the past eight years, offering trainings in suicide prevention and postvention to a variety of audiences, to include college campuses, military installations, tribal nations, and communities.  She brings over 20 years of experience in substance abuse prevention and treatment to the Connect Program. Ann’s varied professional work experiences including teaching at the high school and college levels, inpatient and outpatient counseling for substance abuse-addictions, youth prevention community work at the statewide level, and a unique systems perspective in dealing with public health issues. Trained as a cultural competence trainer by the Anti-Defamation League, Ann embraces and promotes cultural sensitivity to issues of gender, race, ethnicity, language, religion, disability, and sexual orientation/identity. Ann is a foster parent who also teaches classes to other foster/adoptive parents. Her work in suicide prevention honors the students and friends she has known who have died by suicide.

Fee:   *NHADACA Members:  $50;   *Non-Members  $60;   *NBCC add $5.     Lunch will be on your own.

For registration information contact:  603-225-7060, traininginstitute@nhadaca.org

6 Contact Hours Available
Certified Prevention Specialist Domains:  2, 6
CRSW/LADC/MLADC Categories of Competence: 1, 4, 5, 11 & 12
CRSW Performance Domains: 1-4
NBCC: LICSW/L-MFT/LCMHC (Category 1) & Psychologist Category A
NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider. ACEP No 6754. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NHADACA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.


Bookings no longer allowed on this date.