Application

This application is for the next “Alternatives to Suicide” facilitator training scheduled for Wednesday, October 10th through Friday, October 12th and facilitated by Caroline White and another trainer to be determined shortly!

We’ve had great responses to the trainings we’ve offered so far, which have now been offered not only in Massachusetts, but also Connecticut, Vermont, Wisconsin, Maryland, Canada, and even Australia!  Here are a few comments from previous participants:

·         “I want to thank [the trainers] and all my fellow Trainees for opening my soul. I have done many different trainings. The completion of [this training] is the one I am the most proud of, and the most inspired by.”

·         “It was so very good it inspired me to be involved with this process - a truly important and needed training. It should be mandatory.”

·         “This is one of the best trainings I attended in a while because it challenged me to really look at my fear and how I connect with myself and others.”

·         “You have opened my mind to new possibilities, taught me much, and I am extremely grateful, and proud, to have been a part of this wonderful shared experience, which I found more than a little transformative as well.” 

The Alternatives to Suicide approach was developed by the Western Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community (RLC) in 2009 as one of the only peer-to-peer groups that truly focuses on the topic of suicide.  Rather than assessment and risk, these groups are based in creating a non-judgmental space in which to discuss suicide and other taboo topics. 

“Before [these groups], there was a big part of myself that I couldn’t show anybody.  I was told I could only talk about my sadness in this sanctioned little box (my therapist’s office).  But I couldn’t even talk about suicide there, because they would make me go into the hospital.”   - Group Participant

There are a growing number of Alterantives to Suicide groups in the US and beyond..  Join us and be a part of the movement.

Space is limited and applications are required by Tuesday, September 4th. We will notify people of acceptance by Monday, September 10th. (Please note: We ALWAYS get back to people, so if you don't hear from us check your e-mail's spam folder or e-mail us to check in!!)

If you are planning on traveling from afar and would like your application reviewed early, please complete your application and then e-mail us at info@westernmassrlc.org to request early review!

Sincerely,

The Western Mass RLC

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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 (Wednesday, October 10, Thursday, October 11, and Friday, October 12) 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 to start an ‘Alternatives to Suicide’ group (in non-clinical spaces like libraries, churches, peer-to-peer spaces, etc.) or will you be seeking to set up an alternate format in a clinical setting? (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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