Application

The Alternatives to Suicide approach was developed by the Western Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community (RLC) as one of the only peer-to-peer spaces in existence that truly focuses on the topic of suicide.

This application is intended for individuals who would like to attend the three-day Alternatives to Suicide Group Facilitator training scheduled for December 17th through 19th, 2018 at the Indigo Hotel, Albany, NY.

Individuals who meet the following qualifications will be prioritized :

Have your own experience attempting suicide or struggling with suicidal thoughts
Live in New York State

Some experience with group facilitation or prior training in group facilitation is also very useful, as this training is not meant as a way to develop more basic facilitation skills. Individuals who don't have personal experience feeling suicidal or attempting suicide may be considered as space allows as the information in the training can be applied to a number of settings and relationships.

Please complete the application below by Thursday, November 15, 2018, in order to be considered for this training. If you have any questions, e-mail us at info@westernmassrlc.org.


Additional Information:

ACCEPTANCE TO THE TRAINING: We will accept applications until November 15th. (If the training continues to have spots open, we may be able to accept additional applications after that point on a rolling basis until all spots are filled.) At that time, we will review all applications received and notify people who have been accepted to the training by Monday, November 19. Please Note: We ALWAYS notify people whether or not they have been accepted. If you do not hear back, it may be that we did not receive your application or that our e-mail ended up in your spam box, so please check in with us.

TRAINING DATES, TIMES AND LOCATION: Dates for the training are scheduled for Monday, December 17, Tuesday, December 18, Wednesday, December 19. Each day will run from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Reading homework may be assigned ahead of time and/or during the class. The training will be located at the Indigo Hotel, Albany, NY. Attendance at all 3 sessions is required to complete the training.

TRAINING PREREQUISITES: This training is primarily intended for people who have some basic facilitation skills and/or training, though not absolutely required so long as it is understood that the training does not focus on building basic facilitation skills.

COST: There is no cost for this training. Some food will be provided during the training day, but participants are responsible for their own travel, dinner, etc.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFO: This training is open to people who identify as suicide attempt survivors, people who have struggled with suicidal thoughts, allies, friends and family, clinicians, peer workers and more. However: Only people who have been through personal struggles with thoughts of suicide or attempts are able to actually facilitate Alternatives to Suicide groups, and those groups should be held in non-clinical environments. Others who attend will be supported to use the approach more generally in their work. If you attend, you should expect that the group will include a mixture of people in varied roles. This training is designed to challenge and encourage creative thought about different belief systems, and so openness and genuine curiosity is a must! It is not intended as a ‘train the trainer’ model.

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* 1. Please enter your contact information below.

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* 2. If you are attending as an employee of an organization, please tell us what sort of organization you work for.

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* 3. Please tell us a bit more about who you are. (Mark as many as apply.)

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* 4. Are you able to attend all three days (Monday, December 17, Tuesday, December 18, Wednesday, December 19) from beginning to end (9:30am to 4:30pm)?

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* 5. If you are unable to attend any part of the training, please provide details below.

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* 6. Please type your initials by each statement to indicate that you have read and understand it.

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* 7. If you are someone who plans on starting a group, do you see yourself having the support necessary to do so (in non-clinical spaces like libraries, churches, peer-to-peer spaces, etc.)? (If you don’t plan on starting a group, type N/A skip to the next question.)

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* 8. If you are someone who does not plan on starting a group, how do you see yourself using what you learning at this training? (If you plan on starting a group, type N/A and skip to the next question.)

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* 9. In your own words, explain what you think makes Alternatives to Suicide groups different from clinical groups?

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* 10. Describe any training or experience you have facilitating groups. If you have no facilitation experience, how will you approach building your facilitation skills beyond this training?

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* 11. Briefly describe the supports and barriers that will be present for you in starting an Alternatives to Suicide group in your area. (If not starting a group, type N/A and skip to next question.)

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* 12. Tell us a little bit about yourself. What are some of your accomplishments, interests, dreams? What are the qualities you most appreciate about yourself?

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