$350 – $1,495

Umatter for Schools Virtual Youth Suicide Prevention Training

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$350 – $1,495

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The Umatter® for Schools Suicide Prevention is a national best practice program for suicide prevention .

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6 Week Online

Asynchronous Training

March 3 - April 14, 2021

Updated Content and New Design!


This newly designed online training consists of meetings and coursework over 6 weeks. The Umatter® for Schools Suicide Prevention national best practice program for suicide prevention was developed by the Center for Health and Learning. Umatter® can be adapted to state contexts and to meet statute requirements. Under special funding, a select group of elementary school health staff will pilot a new K-6 track. The training has routinely been offered to school staff in grades 7-12.


Schools are encouraged to send teams with a minimum of two people consisting of a guidance counselor, nurse, health educator, mental health provider, and/or administrator. We advise you to include at least one decision maker in your school team. Schools who have sent teams in the past are encouraged to send newly hired or assigned staff to support mental health and suicide prevention strategies in the school.

At the end of this training, teams and participants will have:

- Deepened their understanding of identifying and helping youth and risk factors and warning signs;

- Developed knowledge, skill set and competencies in facilitation of conversations about suicide prevention and their responses;

- Completed the Gatekeeper and Training of Trainers, both part of the learning modules and practice sessions;

- Planned to provide a parent and/or staff suicide prevention awareness session;

- Created and shared a prevention protocol;

- Created and shared a postvention protocol;

- Shared their plan for implementation at the school level;

- Reported on how staff and community training sessions went. What was challenging? Helpful? What do you need more of?

- Developed a plan for implementation of Lifelines or other suicide prevention curriculum.

Modules will be Released Weekly

All six modules will have the following:

1. Content presentation in multiple formats

2. Self-reflection, through chat/discussion

3. Activities that ask learners to engage with the material and their team members

4. Brief assessment of learning at end of the module

Required Zoom Meetings:

In person Zoom Meetings are planned for every Wednesday in order to address any questions you have regarding the online work and to put into practice the skills you are learning. We will be sending calendar and zoom invites for each of these prior to the beginning of the training.

March 3, 2021 12:00 - 1:30 pm (Overview and Welcome)

March 10, 2021 12:00 - 1:30 pm

March 17, 2021 12:00 - 1:30 pm

March 24, 2021 12:00 - 1:30 pm

March 31, 2021 12:00 - 1:30 pm

April 7, 2021 12:00 - 1:30 pm

April 14, 2021 12:00 -1:30 pm (Closing and Take Aways)


Umatter Training $350.00

Umatter Training with 3 graduate credits through Castleton University $1495.00

(Project Implementation Plan and final paper required)

10% discount for team members (of 4 or more) The fee includes the online training plus online access to the training materials, handbook, as well as Staff and Parent Awareness Training materials, wallet cards, and post-training consultation

Additional CEUS: This course has also been approved for 18 hours for Social Workers and 16 hours for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors: AAPs, ADCs and LADCs through the Vermont Office of Professional Regulation.


Debby Haskins, MS, LADC, is a Suicide Prevention Specialist/Trainer witth the Center for Health and Learning and teaches the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Prevention and the Injury, Violence Prevention online courses.  She is the former Executive Director of the Association of Student Assistance Professionals of Vermont (ASAP of VT) and has a private practice in Central Vermont.  Her passion is working with adolescents and their families in in promoting mental health and breaking the cycle of addiction and presenting information in an experiential way.

Melissa Farr, Program Specialist has a Master of Social Work in Community Organizing and Children and Youth from the University of Michigan and a BA in Psychology and Social Relations from the University of New England.  Melissa has over 20 years of experience in the social work field in various roles including direct service with youth and families in the community, training and coaching Vermont DCF child protective workers, and administering nonprofit programs. Her experience and expertise focuses on assessing, developing, and implementing systems and processes that best support consumers, providers, and caregivers in promoting health and wellness.

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