Prevention and awareness trainings are key to educating the community on warning signs of mental health struggles and appropriate ways of supporting those in need. The Department of Mental Health and Counseling Services has developed gatekeeper training for college faculty and staff in addition to facilitating evidenced based peer training for students. When appropriate, the DMHCS will coordinate with outside resources to facilitate training for the college community.
To stay up-to-date with our trainings, follow us @WCCMentalHealth or check out our Fall training calendar below. You can also check out what programs the Department of Mental Health and Counseling Services is hosting by clicking on our calendar below or by visiting the College’s Event Calendar.
Supporting Students in Distress Training:
The Department of Mental Health and Counseling Services offers a 1-hour training designed for WCC Faculty and Staff to support their students. In this training, faculty/staff will learn about the warning signs that a student may be in distress, effective ways to approach and support students, and strategies for connecting this student with appropriate services. This training utilizes scenarios to engage participants in the practical implementation of knowledge gained.
If you’ve taken our training while on campus, we encourage you to take it again as this training specifies how to support student’s remotely.
Upcoming Training Dates:
Help a Friend Training:
The Department of Mental Health and Counseling Services offers a 1-hour training empowering students to support their friends and friends who may be struggling. Our Help a Friend training educates students the signs of distress in their peers, how to take action to help their friends, and where to go if they need more support. Interested in getting trained? Register in a training session below.
Upcoming Training Dates:
QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer)
This training takes less than an hour, and could ultimately save a life. QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) is an evidence-based emergency mental health intervention for people at risk of suicide. The goal of QPR is to recognize a suicide crisis, interrupt it, and direct the person to appropriate care. Like CPR, QPR works to increase an at-risk individual’s chance of survival. People trained in QPR are taught to recognize the warning signs of suicide, which include depression, expressions of hopelessness, and talk of suicide. They are then taught how to respond.
Part of #ReachOut SUNY– SUNY is encouraging all faculty, staff, and students to take this free QPR crisis intervention training before the end of the semester.
Take the Free Training Online:
- Go to the QPR Training website by clicking here, or going to this link: https://www.qprtraining.com/setup.php
- Enter “SUNY” in the “Organization Code” field.
- Create an account using your @ suny.edu email address.
- Follow the instructions to complete the training.
The Department of Mental Health and Counseling Services can host a training for WCC cohorts of 10 or more people. If you are a WCC student, faculty/staff, or administrator, and would like to request a Department of Mental Health and Counseling Services training, please email us at MentalHealthServices@sunywcc.edu. Please note, emailing does not guarantee the Department of Mental Health and Counseling Services’s commitment to the proposed event.