Education & Dissemination at the VISN 2 CoE - MIRECC / CoE
Attention A T users. To access the menus on this page please perform the following steps. 1. Please switch auto forms mode to off. 2. Hit enter to expand a main menu option (Health, Benefits, etc). 3. To enter and activate the submenu links, hit the down arrow. You will now be able to tab or arrow up or down through the submenu options to access/activate the submenu links.



Quick Links

Veterans Crisis Line Badge
My healthevet badge
EBenefits Badge

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 03/04/20 at
2pm EST
 "Not all of the answers are in a textbook: Understanding PTSD and treatment options"

Presented by: Elissa McCarthy, Ph.D., National Center for PTSD

Sign-up to receive notifications of registration links & additional trainings offered through VITAL.
Guest Speaker CoE Main Conference Room, 139
Building 37, Canandaigua VA Medical Center
03/05/20 at
11am EST
Dr. Craig J. Bryan, Psy.D., ABPPP

Dr. Bryan is currently the Executive Director of the National Center for Veterans Studies at The University of Utah.


View Current and Archived Issues of the CoE Newsletter

January 2020 November 2019 September 2019