Schools and Educators

Below you will find trainings for schools and educators. In addition, if you are looking for information specifically related to Act 71, please visit our Act 71 information page. Here you will find requirements, resources, as well as additional trainings specific to youth suicide prevention in schools.


At-Risk for PK-12 Educators, from Kognito, is a suite of three (Elementary, Middle and High School) online, interactive simulations designed to prepare educators to identify, approach, and refer at-risk students. In these role-play scenarios, the learner practices talking with a virtual student, using open-ended questions, reflective listening and other motivational interviewing techniques to achieve several goals: Broach the topic of psychological distress, motivate the student to seek help and avoid common pitfalls, such as attempting to diagnose the problem or giving unwarranted advice.


At-Risk on Campus, from Kognito, is a suite of two (a faculty /staff and a student version) an online professional development simulation designed to help university and college faculty and staff build confidence, knowledge, and skills to best support students exhibiting signs of psychological distress. The program uses simulated conversations with virtual students to provide learners with hands-on practice in approaching students they are concerned about and, if necessary, how to refer them to support services.


Friend2Friend, from Kognito, is a 25-minute interactive, high school peer-to-peer role-play simulation. Students practice talking with a virtual friend using open-ended questions, reflective listening and other motivational interviewing techniques to achieve several goals: Broach the topic of psychological distress, motivate the friend to seek help and avoid common pitfalls, such as a giving unwarranted advice


*Bullying and Suicide Prevention, from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center: Many schools and communities are struggling to find effective ways to prevent both bullying and suicidal behavior among youth. This webinar provides the latest research and science on the relationship between bullying and suicide, outlines some of the shared risk and protective factors, and discusses the main principles of a comprehensive whole school approach to bullying prevention.



LGBTQ on Campus, from Kognito, is a suite of two (a faculty /staff and a student version)  online, interactive learning experience that assists institutions of higher education in creating a safe and supportive campus community by 1) increasing awareness and empathy for the challenges faced by LGBTQ students, and 2) building the skills of faculty and staff to model respectful behavior, including managing classroom discussions that may include bias comments or attitudes or handling an LGBTQ-related issue.


*Making Educators Partners in Youth Suicide Prevention: The Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative is pleased to partner with Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide to offer Pennsylvania Act 48 credits for this free self-paced online course.
Choose the “National” version of the training (second one on the page). The mission of the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide is to reduce the number of youth suicides and attempted suicides by encouraging overall public awareness through the development and promotion of educational training programs for teens, parents and educators. Pennsylvania school staff requiring Act 48 hours may submit the certificate of completion to or fax it to 717-783-4790 along with your Department of Education Professional ID number to receive credit for these hours.


School and Community-based Prevention Interventions to Prevent Adolescent Suicide

In this training David Brent, MD discusses the efficacy for and types of school based suicide prevention programs as well as community-based prevention interventions to prevent adolescent suicide. Dr. Brent also included research findings on several different types of screening tools and the effects and impact of education and training for gatekeepers. He also discusses his recommendations for the composition of a “suicide-prevention” portfolio. (Presented on January 7, 2016)


School Suicide Prevention Accreditation Program, from the American Association of Suiciodology. There is a fee associated with this training accreditation program.


*The Jason Foundation, Inc. series of online Staff Development Training Modules provide information on the awareness and prevention of youth suicide.

These training modules are suitable for teachers, coaches, other school personnel, youth workers, first responders, foster parents and any adult who works with or interacts with young people or wants to learn more about youth suicide. This series of programs introduces the scope and magnitude of the problem of youth suicide, the signs of concern, risk factors, how to recognize young people who may be struggling, how to approach the student and help an at-risk youth find resources for assistance. At the conclusion of each training module, an opportunity to print a certificate of completion is provided.


Step In, Speak Up!, from Kognito, is a 30-minute online interactive training program that helps youth-serving adults understand the challenges that LGBTQ youth face and gives them a chance to practice techniques for creating a safer and more supportive environment, including 1) curtailing instances of harassment and use of homophobic language, and 2) connecting with a student who has been the target of harassment. Step In, Speak Up! is listed in the AFSP/SPRC Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention.


*The Trevor Lifeguard Workshop is a video workshop by The Trevor Project designed for educators, school counselors, school nurses, and others who regularly interact with youth.

The Trevor Lifeguard Workshop video trains students to a) identify the challenges faced by LGBTQ people, b) recognize the warning signs of suicide, and c) respond to someone who may be in crisis in a way that keeps themselves and their peers safe. This video training is based on Trevor’s in-person workshop that is listed in the SPRC/AFSP Best Practice Registry for Suicide Prevention and is free of charge to educators and youth service providers.



*Youth Suicide: Facts and Myths of Youth Suicide: It is Preventable As an educator, you are in a key position to pick up on warning signs and to refer students for help.  Join Dr. Matthew Wintersteen, Ph.D. co-chair of the Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative (PAYSPI) to learn about suicide risk factors, warning signs and intervention/prevention strategies.  Becoming familiar with these facts and remaining watchful can lead to successful interventions and provide the necessary supports for youth in times of trouble. (**Please note, you will need to log in as a guest to view this video. When you click on the link, input your email address and full name where indicated, then press the “play” button. Follow the directions given to view the video.)


*Indicates trainings with no cost