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Umatter® for Schools – Winter 2024 Series

January 9 @ 12:00 pm - January 30 @ 1:30 pm

The Umatter® for Schools Suicide Prevention Awareness Training

Umatter® for Winter Series

Tuesday, January 9, 2024 from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Tuesday, January 16, 2024 from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Tuesday, January 24, 2024 from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Tuesday, January 30, 2024 from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm


Offered by Center for Health and Learning (CHL)

About the Trainers:

Kathleen Kilbourne, M.Ed (she/her)
Executive Director
Center for Health and Learning

Cristina Maddocks, M.S. (she/her)
Suicide Prevention and Umatter® Program Specialist
Center for Health and Learning

Where: The course contains virtual live sessions plus self-paced, asynchronous work


$800 per person

With a team of 3 or more, your administrator (principal) gets a free registration!

$1,800 per person – Eligible for 3 Graduate Credits through Vermont State University. (Attendance at all Zoom sessions plus independent course work and final paper required)

Refund Policy: Refunds up to 7 days before the event. Eventbrite’s fee is non-refundable

*CHL is pleased to present Umatter® for Schools under funding from the Vermont Department of Mental Health (DMH). Scholarships will be granted through an approval process on an individual basis.

About this Training

Umatter® for Schools aims to help teams build comprehensive suicide prevention awareness, strong and thoughtful conversation facilitation, understanding of roles and responsibilities, protocols for prevention and postvention situations, and be positioned to teach and train other school employees awareness basics in the effort to fortify a solid suicide prevention foundation and culture. Participant teams will engage in learning via self-paced asynchronous modules and virtual live Zoom sessions. Participant teams will complete the Umatter® Suicide Prevention Awareness and Skills training as part of the course and become eligible to pursue the Training of Trainers so you can train other staff or parents at your school.

Who Should Attend

Schools are encouraged to send teams with at least two people: a guidance counselor, nurse, health educator, mental health provider, and/or administrator. Support from theschool administration is recommended.

Objectives of Training

● Deepen understanding of risk factors and warning signs

● Develop knowledge skillset and competencies for facilitating conversations about suicide

● Identify, with confidence, the next steps in getting help

● Create and share prevention and postvention protocols

● Ability to train other members of the school community in suicide prevention

● Gain the capacity to break the stigma culture related to mental health, suicide, and asking for help

Additional Information

Signing up for Umatter® for Schools Winter 2024 means you are committing to attend all two Zoom sessions and completing all asynchronous work required in the course.

Course platform login and instructions will be provided via email several weeks before the start of the course by CHL instructors.

The Center for Health and Learning (CHL) can also bring Umatter® Suicide Prevention Awareness and Skills Training to your workplace, organization, or community group. Please contact Cristina at the Center for Health and Learning for more information cristina@healthandlearning.org.