Safety Division Courses and Workshops

Each of our offerings can customized to your institution and your specific training needs. Most can be offered in person, live online, or as asynchronous courses.

Having the Hard Conversations

This workshop will review a wide range of challenging topics that are being addressed in our society including political divides, mask and vaccine mandates, social justice movements, defund the police, abortion, antisemitism, and LGBTQI+ rights. We will offer a structured approach to engage in these topics with an eye towards civility, respect and principled debate.

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Helping Suicidal Community Members

This workshop will review the importance of looking for signs and symptoms of suicidal behavior and understanding how best to help them access services. Particular attention will be given to treatment resistant individuals (e.g., those who do not wish to attend counseling) and groups that historically have underutilized services (e.g., LGBTQ+, African Americans).

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How Worried Should I Be?: Understanding Social Media, Email and Student Writing

Drawing from their book, An Educators Guide to Assessing Threats in Student Writing, Dr. Van Brunt and Jeff Solomon will teach participant what to look for when viewing written and video content that may occur on social media, over email or in creative writing assignments.

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Impact vs Intent: Understanding Microaggressions and Bias

This workshop will provide an opportunity to better understand will define microaggressions, the unconscious manifestations of privilege that contain the potential to impact marginalized groups further negatively, using examples related to gender, culture, race/ethnicity, mental health, generational differences, physical disability, and sexual orientation.

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MERIT Active Shooter Response

This 4- or 8-hour training program is specifically designed to train participants on how to increase their chance of survival in an active shooter incident. It builds onto and works with the successful program of RUN-HIDE-FIGHT. MERIT focuses on instilling the mindset of recognizing and moving away from the violence and giving participants a plan of action.

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Managing Mental Illness

This workshop will offer practical guidance on the topics of managing mental illness concerns related to suicide and trauma. We will address common challenges when working with students and community members who experience severe, pervasive, and persistent mental illness and understanding the range of referral and treatment from outpatient therapy to inpatient treatment.

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Situational Awareness

Attending to potential safety and security concerns in the community, workplaces, and schools is the best way to get out ahead in front of violence, crime, assault, threat, and danger. This practical and engaging workshop brings the principles of situational awareness into the hands of participants, giving them the skills needed to stay safe.

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Suicide and Underserved Populations

In this workshop, we will address the specific challenges faced by underserved populations related to mental health treatment and suicide prevention. Our speakers will address challenges faced by underserved populations such as Latino, Black, Asian, and non-traditional students, with special attention to the LGBTQI+ community.

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Understanding Bias, Microaggressions, and Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

We will review concepts related to bias, microaggressions, and the trauma-informed perspective. We will demonstrate how to mitigate bias and help bring our unconscious preconceptions into the open, stressing the importance of moving forward while avoiding the pitfalls of perfectionism and political correctness.

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