The Embracing & Expanding Postvention in/for Our Schools Community of Practice is open nationally to educators, youth advocates, mental health providers, crisis responders, school site leaders, and school mental health professionals to:
Learn about suicide postvention- where the field is now, and where it can go (e.g., what does long term postvention look like? Should it even be called “postvention”?)
Approach suicide postvention through grief sensitive, trauma informed, healing centered, and youth-focused work
Collaboratively create content (and eventually a training) that could be used to train others that expands postvention beyond the first weeks after a death by suicide (containment) and for longer, more holistic impact (incorporating restorative circles, meaning making, and mourning)
Center Black and Indigenous youth postvention needs, innovations, practices
Provide an overview of important topics to support trauma-informed and culturally appropriate responses in school communities in suicide aftermath.
WHO CAN JOIN? WHO IS THIS FOR?
This community of practice is for anyone who supports student and staff mental health in school settings, state, district and county school administrators, student support services providers, and anyone interested. This will be a semi-open group, meaning that you do not have to attend every session in order to participate, but must be invited by SCRR or an existing CoP member to join. We do request that all participants attend the first session, which will establish common vocabulary, or watch a recording of that session prior to participating.
WHEN AND HOW OFTEN?
The Embracing & Expanding Postvention in/for Our Schools Community of Practice will meet monthly for 1.5 hr. sessions sessions starting in September 2021 through May 2022.
Note: we are not meeting in December in order to honor anticipated school breaks.
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