SafeSide for Youth Services
A common language and consistent approach for staff in diverse service environments, whatever their previous experience level
How can you keep employees with diverse roles, settings, and experience levels on the same page?
Home-based services. Clinical programs. Service integration. School support... Youth services organizations serve clients with a lot of risks, yet many staff have no behavioral health background and limited access to back-up.
Lack of training can lead to inadequate assessment and response and/or unnecessary (and potentially harmful) emergency referrals.
Providing organization-wide training is challenging:
- Most suicide prevention programs target clinical staff and don't provide examples that school and community-based staff can relate to.
- In-person training is nearly impossible to achieve due to geographic spread and the need to cover services that don't close.
Every staff person in your organization needs to be equipted for their critical role in protecting young lives. The youth and families you serve deserve a staff that is trained, supported, and confident.
SafeSide provides a systematic framework and a scalable training option to equip your entire organization or region.
Connect, Assess, Respond, Extend
SafeSide for Youth Services will unites clinical, school, and community staff with common language and structure . Although roles and responsibilities are different, everyone gains an understanding of the four core tasks of suicide prevention: Connect - Assess - Respond - Extend.
Online learning you do as a group
Co-taught by pediatric psychologist and family therapist, Dr. Tony Pisani and a suicide attempt survivor, Kristina Mossgraber, the framework comes to life in video-based teaching from these two perspectives and brief skill demonstrations by real youth services workers.
Flexible. Teams conduct 3 hours of InPlace Learning on their own schedule using video-based instruction and an easy-to-use discussion and practice guide.
Practical. Tactics, tips, and wording staff at any level can use immediately.
Sustainable. Onboard new staff or trainees in your programs at any time. Keep them engaged with brief refreshers.
Video-Based Instruction and Demonstration
Learn a systematic framework for youth suicide prevention, then practice skills and strategies modeled by real clinical and community staff with youth actors.
Teams within your organization can complete the 3-hour course all at once or split up over 1-2 group sessions (InPlace℠ Learning).
Virtual Office Hours
Interact with Dr. Pisani, the SafeSide team in brief monthly Q&A video calls.
Anyone on your leadership or service teams can ask questions, request feedback, and share experiences with others who are applying the same framework in their practices.
Updates & Refreshers
Stay current with evolving best practices, regulations, and research in youth suicide prevention.
We update video-based instruction regularly and provide quick, refresher videos a few times a year.
Asking Clearly and Directly
A school liaison builds trust while assessing an adolescent who has said she wants to kill herself over pictures her ex-boyfriend is texting to her friends.
Assess, Organize, Consult
Staff member assesses an adolescent who has written a letter stating that he wants to “off” himself. The staff member organizes what he knows about the adolescent, using the SafeSide Framework, and then calls the supervisor on call to relay information and start planning for safety.
Using the Framework to Guide Planning
The clinical team at a school milieu program uses the SafeSide Framework to discuss and make plans to follow up with a student who said over the weekend that he wanted to slit his wrists.
SafeSide Youth and Community Services Learning Objectives
You know how to connect with your clients or patients. When suicidal thoughts come up, it’s easy to lose that connection in an effort to assess and respond to risk. We show you how to:
- Ask clearly and directly about suicide, conveying an understanding that what a person considering suicide really wants is to alleviate pain and suffering.
- Express your desire to collaborate with a suicidal person to alleviate that pain and be a partner in their recovery.
- Commit to sticking with a person through to recovery, including engaging other helpers and supports.
Information about past, recent, and current suicidal thoughts and behavior is essential, but not sufficient. Patient-specific plans and decisions are based on additional information. We describe how you can:
- Use a consistent structure for gathering information and communicating with colleagues, the people you serve, and their supports.
- Develop an actionable assessment of risk, anchored in the context of the setting where a person is being assessed and their history over time.
You’ve connected and assessed. Next, you need to act. You want to go home feeling that you’ve done everything reasonably possible. We offer four categories to consider:
- Offer evidence-based treatments, including “mini-interventions” taken from more involved interventions.
- Develop contingency and safety plans, including a plan to reduce access to lethal means.
- Create plans to increase contact to support the person in the least restrictive environment possible.
- Consult with team members and make referrals to address unmet needs.
Your initial responses can be extended for greater impact on the person’s life. We offer four categories here as well:
- Create a system for non-demand, “caring contacts” after care transitions.
- Establish clear roles for family and other supports.
- Ensure regular, structured follow-up assessments and support.
- Employ the art of the suicide-related warm handoff within and outside the organization or program.
How It Works
- Pay a one-time set-up fee to get training and evaluation material configured for your organization or region.
- Once set up, there is an annual subscription fee based on the number of employees who provide services or interact with youth in your organization or region. You can optionally add 3 AMA Category 1 CME credits at $15 per recipient.
International subscribers: SafeSide currently accepts payment in USD, AUD, NZD.
Online course configured for your organization or region, ready to deploy and provide reporting. Initial consultation with SafeSide team to support your rollout plans.
Year-round access to video-based curriculum
Optional monthly office hours with Dr. Pisani and his team
Updates to the curriculum and refresher videos
$2000 per site - One-time configuration, set up, and support fee
$40 per youth services employee in your organization or region - Annual subscription.
- Multi-year subscriptions are available.