In Crisis? Call    988
Loading Events


Survivors of Suicide (SOS) Support Group Facilitator Training
301 Science Park Road
State College, 16803 United States
TIME: 8:30 AM

event details

Survivors of Suicide (SOS) Support Group

In the Shadow of Suicide:  How We Can Help

 Presented by:

Cynthia Baca, MSN, RN and Kelly Monk, BSN, RN

Services for Teens at Risk (STAR-CENTER)

Pittsburgh, PA

Cost:  Free for participants — Funded by the Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention in Pennsylvania Schools and Colleges Initiative and Prevent Suicide PA.

(Please note: CEUs are available for a cost of $30/participant)

Who Should Attend:

This training is designed for County Task Force Members and other health professionals working with individuals bereaved following a loss by suicide.

Registration is required:

To register for this event, complete the online registration at by Friday, June 7th.  Registration will be limited to 65 participants.  Questions regarding registration should be directed to Mary Brown at or 814-603-1107.


This one-day training will discuss the construct of the Survivors of Suicide (SOS) Support Group.  We will review bereavement/complicated grief related to individuals who have lost someone to suicide, the structure of the 8-week closed group sessions and the monthly follow-up groups, as well as, provide resources to be shared with group participants.

OBJECTIVES:  At the conclusion of this training, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the scope and impact of suicide
  • Explain the consequences of suicide on family and friends
  • Explain the general construct of the 8-week SOS group and monthly follow-up group.
  • Discuss the importance of debriefing and self-care as a facilitator


8:30am: Registration

9:00am – 10:15am: Suicide and associated diagnoses Facts and Stats

10:15am – 10:30am:  BREAK

10:30am – 12:00pm:  Bereavement R/T Loss by Suicide

12:00pm – 1:00pm:  LUNCH (provided)

1:00pm – 2:30pm:  SOS Group Development

2:30pm – 2:45pm:  BREAK

2:45 pm – 3:30pm:  The Debriefing Process

3:30pm – 4:00pm:  Questions/Discussion/Planning

Continuing Education Credits:

nuContinuing Education Credit will be available for this training as described below.  Those participants interested in receiving credit will complete an application for continuing education credit and submit this along with an application fee of $30.


Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.  Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  This program is being offered for 5.5 Continuing Education Credits.


Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5059.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is solely responsible for all aspects of this program.  This program is being offered for 5.5 continuing education hours.

Licensed/Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists: LSW/LCSW/LMFT:

This program is offered for 5.5 hours of social work continuing education through co-sponsorship of the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Social Work, a Council on Social Work Education-accredited school and, therefore, a PA pre-approved provider of social work continuing education.   These credit hours satisfy requirements for LSW/LCSW, LPC, and LMFT biennial license renewal.  For information on social work continuing education, call 412-624-3711.

PA Educators:

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to offer Continuing Education Credits under the Act 48 guidelines.  Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic adheres to the Act 48 Continuing Education Guidelines.  PA educators will receive 5.5 hours of Act 48 credit for completing this program.

Other Professionals:

Nurses and other professionals are awarded 0.55 Continuing Education Credits. One Continuing Education Credit is equal to 10 contact hours.  Nurses:  For attending this program, you will receive a Certificate of Attendance confirming 5.5 hours of continuing education.  These hours may be considered eligible for completing the 30 hours of continuing education required for biannual nursing re-licensure in Pennsylvania.  Peer Specialist:  This program fulfills requirements for Certified Peer Specialist continuing education.

This program has been co-sponsored by Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside and Prevent Suicide PA.

This event is funded under award SM061750 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS). The views, opinions and content of this publication are those of the authors and contributors and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or policies of CMHS, SAMHSA, or DHHS.