The Crisis Intervention Center offers a wide variety of educational and training opportunities to individuals and groups of all skill levels, from the basics of understanding suicide, crisis theory and stress management, to more advanced instruction for clinicians and other professionals. In addition to the courses listed below, we are also able to customize training suitable to a targeted audience. Please Contact Us for more information.

  • Suicide 101

    This one-day workshop includes all materials and 2 experienced professional trainers in suicide education. Participants leave with knowledge of crisis theory, the development and resolution of a crisis, an increased awareness of the “warning signs” or symptoms that may increase the risk of someone thinking about suicide, a brief introduction of intervention with a person with thoughts of suicide, and discussion of resources available to help a person at risk of suicide.


  • Implementing CIT: Supporting Those Who Protect Us

    CIT training will provide officers with skills and strategies for working with individuals who may be coping with mental health or substance abuse issues, developmental disabilities, or those experiencing a crisis that may temporarily have impeded their ability to cope.   Strategies for de-escalation will be the main emphasis with the goal to decrease the use of force by officers and increase mental health consumers’ access to community treatment options.

    CIT training will focus on the following areas – 1) increasing safety of officers and civilians, 2) increasing understanding of mental illness, 3) reducing numbers of people with mental illness going to jail, and 4) improving relationships with the community, particularly with mental health professionals, people with mental illness, and family members.

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  • InCourage: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Post Disaster Distress

    CBT for Post Disaster Distress was developed for use in New York after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. It was implemented again after a series of hurricanes in Florida in 2004, and after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in Louisiana in 2005. This skills based intervention is for individuals who show more than normal transient stress and who require more than traditional crisis counseling. CBT for Post Disaster Distress is an intermediate step between crisis counseling for individuals immediately following a trauma and longer-term mental health treatment. CBT for Post Disaster Distress is an evidence-based, manualized intervention based on treatments that have been empirically validated for PTSD, depression and other anxiety disorders. The treatment entails 8-10 sessions divided into three main sections: education, coping skills and cognitive restructuring. Clients receive a workbook and complete assignments along with the opportunity to practice and reinforce the skills they have learned in sessions. Clinicians will find that outside the 10-session treatment model, these skills can be used to enhance currently used therapy treatments, and can be applied to help clients cope with a wide variety of psychosocial problems. Workshop participants also receive their own Clinician’s Manual and Client Workbook that is used to facilitate the treatment.

  • ACT 219

    Suicide Prevention In-service Training for School Personnel During the 2008 Regular Session of the Legislature, lawmakers approved the Jason Flatt Act (219). The Jason Flatt Act requires two hours of annual in-service training for school teachers, school counselors, and principals on suicide prevention. The Crisis Intervention Center created a 2 hour training program for school personnel, as well as a day- long Training for Trainers so that the training can be effectively disseminated throughout schools in Louisiana.

  • safeTALK: Suicide Alertness For Everyone

    This half-day suicide alertness training includes all materials and 1 Registered ASIST Trainer. In only a few hours, participants leave this workshop with an increased awareness and alertness in recognizing a person with thoughts of suicide and how to provide practical help to them. Participants learn helping steps through lecture, discussion, short video enactments and practice; participants become more willing and able to activate a suicide alert and connect the person at risk with the intervention help they want. To learn more regarding the value of safeTalk, please click here to get details from the LivingWorks website.

  • ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)

    ASIST is a 2-day suicide first aid interactive workshop for community caregivers. This 2-day training is facilitated by 2 ASIST Registered Trainers and includes all materials, workbooks, handouts, breakfast, lunch and refreshments. ASIST provides practical training for caregivers seeking to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Participants learn how to: recognize invitations for help, reach out and offer support, review the risk of suicide, apply the ASIST model of suicide intervention, and link people with community resources. Participants also have the opportunity to practice and implement the model in multiple role-play scenarios. This is a highly interactive workshop and attendance for the full two days is essential. For more information on the ASIST curriculum, please click here to visit the LivingWorks website.

  • Flight Control: Seeding Your Community for Comprehensive Crisis Response

    Crisis Intervention Center understands that smart utilization of community crisis services is critical in reducing the impact of homicide, suicide and violence. This day long (6 hour) course will give participants not only an overview of crisis theory but also an understanding of how a person is successfully de-escalated following a crisis. A focus on tuning-in and identifying mental health crisis will add value to individuals from all walks of life.  Topics such as imminent risk guidelines, active rescue, integration of CIT and community resource management will also be covered. Participants will walk away with an understanding of how to recognize the signs of a crisis and appropriately connect someone to highly trained crisis intervention specialists.

  • The Bridge to Healing: Disaster Based Trauma Training for Educators

    Intervening with traumatized youth on school campuses is a much needed role for the school mental health consultant.  There are important roles in terms of working with the school staff and addressing the needs of children and families following a traumatic event. Whether a trauma occurs on the school campus, in the surrounding community, or to individual students and families, teachers and administrators may be uncertain how to best support the affected students. All school personnel can play a key role in the support of these students by providing school staff guidance, support, and referral for students who may be experiencing trauma-related mental health conditions.  By providing early intervention services to students, the educators and staff can help in improving the social-emotional well-being of students and academic performance in the classroom.

    This three-hour course will introduce the participants to basic concepts in understanding and addressing disaster based trauma in a school setting. Topics covered include common reactions to grief/loss, sharpening listening skills, facilitating student discussion, observing/assessing student behaviors following a traumatic event, communicating with parents and community resource navigation. Please contact us for more information or to schedule this course for your school(s)/school system.

With decades of experience developing curriculum around mental health and suicide prevention, we are able to help tailor a course to meet the unique needs of your group. For more information on our our standard training offerings or to discuss a customized curriculum, please contact us.

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