Training & Support for Students in Distress

September 12, 2019

 Student Affairs


This email is sent on behalf of University Health Services (UHS).

Dear Faculty and Staff -

Over the last few years, you may have become acquainted with the Mental Health Handbook and the Gold Folder, two tools to assist faculty and staff in helping someone in distress. One component of that help is understanding when a student may be in danger of suicide. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) would like to offer you unique trainings specifically to support students who may be thinking about suicide. 

This training, an introductory overview, will use a scenario, lecture and discussion to help you understand the warning signs and risk factors associated with thoughts of suicide.  You will learn ways to approach and talk to a student about your concerns, including how to ask a question about suicide. Lastly you will learn the resources and how to make appropriate referrals.

The 1 hour and 15 minute training offered by Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)  is specifically for UC Berkeley Faculty and Staff and will be held at the University Health Services. Space is limited so please register quickly.

Monday, September 30 - Faculty/Staff, UHS Education Center, 12:10-1:30pm, register here

Thursday, October 17 - Faculty/Staff, UHS Education Center, 12:10-1:30pm, register here

Monday, November 18 - Faculty/Staff UHS Education Center, 12:10-1:30pm, register here

This training is a pilot meant to be a follow up to the initial Suicide Awareness and Intervention Education.  Only those who have taken the initial training offered this semester and last year, or have taken previous Question, Persuade and Refer courses should sign up for this training.  The training will take already learned material and expand on how to support a person who is in crisis and thinking about suicide. The training will be case study based.

Wednesday, December 4 - Faculty/Staff, UHS Education Center, 12:10-1:30pm, register here

When tragic events happen in our UCB community our faculty and staff are often called upon to offer support to students impacted. This 1 hour and 30 minute course will help you to learn the basic skills necessary to provide common sense support after a tragedy, such as a student death. The course will also address CAPS response and how faculty and staff can collaborate with the Tang Center. This course is being offered as a way to help increase the supports campus provides in the aftermath of a tragedy and help the community begin to heal.

Tuesday, October 29,  PFA for Faculty/Staff, UHS Education Center, 12:10-1:30pm, register here

Wednesday, October 30, PFA for Faculty/Staff, UHS Education Center, 12:10-1:30pm, register here

Please email Aaron Cohen, PhD at if you have any questions.

Be well,

Guy Nicolette, MD, CAQSM
Assistant Vice Chancellor
University Health Services

Claytie Davis III, PhD, ABPP
Interim Director, Counseling and Psychological Services
University Health Services


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