Become a Facilitator

What is a facilitator?

Suicide Prevention Training Facilitators lead participants through an evidence based curriculum that gives them the tools to intervene when someone is experiencing thoughts of suicide.

What experience or knowledge does it take to become a facilitator?

The Mid-Valley Suicide Prevention Coalition uses two evidence based programs that provide training for facilitators. In order to become a facilitator for Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR), an 8 hour self study course and exam must be completed for certification. For ASIST, potential facilitators are sent to a 5 day intensive training prior to certification.

Becoming a Suicide Prevention Training Facilitator does not require a mental health background. Facilitators should be comfortable speaking to large groups of people about a sensitive topic, and prepared to answer tough questions.

What is required once I am a certified facilitator?

Because these programs are funded through grants, The Mid-Valley Suicide Prevention Coalition asks that facilitators complete a minimum number of trainings each year. If selected to be a facilitator for QPR, you will be asked to lead at least two trainings in a calendar year. For ASIST, each facilitator is required to co-lead three trainings each year. Each curriculum  must be taught with fidelity, and all required documents must be returned to the Coalition.

If you have additional questions about QPR or ASIST, check out the workshop descriptions page for more information. Click on the logos to be directed to their websites.

How do I become a Facilitator?

If you are interested in becoming a Suicide Prevention Training facilitator, contact us at fco.suicideprevention@co.polk.or.us

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Important Hotline Numbers

Polk County Crisis Line

503-623-9289

Northwest Human Services

(503) 581-5535 or 1-800-560-5535

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

1-800-273-TALK

National Veteran Crisis Hotline

1-800-273-8255 Press 1

Veterans text

838-255

Oregon Youthline

1-877-968-8491

Teens Text

TEEN2TEEN to 839-863