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Education & Dissemination at the VISN 2 CoE

Education | VISN 2 Center of Excellence for Suicide PreventionProviding Awareness Using a
Public Health Approach

Through its education and training efforts, the Center of Excellence translates leading-edge suicide preventon findings into applied practice across a variety of Veteran-focused settings. The CoE's Education Division develops and disseminates educational resources that engage learners through a variety of modalities, including face-to-face education programs, innovative web-based trainings and webinars. 

S.A.V.E. Training
Under the direction of Dr. Janet Kemp, the CoE's first Education Chief, CoE developed "Operation S.A.V.E.," a Veteran-centric suicide prevention gatekeeper training delivered by SPCs to front-line VHA staff across the nation. S.A.V.E. is now a mandatory training course for all VHA employees during New Employee Orientation. CoE team members collaborated with OMHSP leadership to translate S.A.V.E. to an online training course in collaboration with the PsychArmor Traning Institute. Through our collective efforts, the online S.A.V.E. (PsychArmor) training video now serves as an annual refresher for all VHA employees.

Start the Conversation: New Tools for Veteran Suicide Prevention
Start the Conversation is an online comprehensive toolkit CoE developed to address common issues that many Veterans face. The toolkit contains practical steps to help those who love and care about Veterans. Use the toolkit to create customizable suicide prevention content tailored to specific audiences and topics. Topics include how to:

  1. Talk to Veterans about their emotional health, distress or suicidal thoughts
  2. Identify factors that may increase a Veteran's risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviors
  3. Recognize warning signs indicating that a Veteran may be in crisis
  4. Create a personalized plan to help a Veteran manage crises and access resources
Upcoming Education & Dissemination Offerings
Category  Offering Type Date/Time Description
VITAL  Webinar 10/09 @ 2pm EST "The Many Faces of Student Veterans" Don't miss the first offering in VITAL's new webinar series! This series is designed to offer clinicians on college and university campuses who whish to strengthen their services to student Veterans.
Presented by: Chad Van Gorder, LMSW, Coordinator of Veterans Services, Nazareth College and Holly Harmon, LCSW, ACSW, Director, Counseling Center, Robert Morris University.

The FREE webinar offers CEUs through APA, ANCC, ASWB, NYS-ED and NBCC. VA employees can register through TMS, all external stakeholders can register online through TRAIN
VITAL Webinar 11/06 "Military Culture"
Presented by: Joseph Geraci, PhD, LMHC