Tuesday January 19, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM EST
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St. Paul's Lutheran Church 
4007 Main St
Buffalo, NY 14226

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Olivia Retallack 
Suicide Prevention Coalition of Erie County 
716-834-2310 ext. 4421 

Lifelines Training-Intervention 



Lifelines Intervention is designed to facilitate intervention with and referral of potentially at-risk students by school counselors and mental health staff. It provides an assessment and referral process, specifically addressing the impact of student developmental level on the way in which assessment questions are presented in elementary, middle and high schools. Lifelines recognizes that although schools are not mental health facilities, the skillful and appropriate adaptation of traditional counseling techniques by school-based staff can assist in the process of gathering essential information from students that can enhance the effectiveness of the assessment  and referral process.  


Lifelines Intervention addresses two of the more daunting challenges faced by school resource staff: convincing resistant students and/or parents that a mental health referral is warranted. Lifelines includes a DVD that illustrates specific techniques for use with both students and parents who may be resistant to either the conversation about suicide risk or referral for an off-campus mental health evaluation.


NY Supplement:  Participants will also receive education in the use of common assessment tools used in New York State and an introduction to Safety Planning Intervention and means restriction parent education resources. 

 Training Learning Objectives

School personnel who attend the training will learn:

  • Essential components for a developmentally appropriate suicide risk assessment.
  • Techniques for engaging resistant students and/or parents in the assessment/referral process
  • Strategies for teaching the “Tell Me More” assessment technique to school resource staff


Mental Health staff  and any professional in the school setting who responds to students identified to possibly be at risk for suicide.  Community mental health and community services providers who support schools or accept referrals when students are identified to be at risk for suicide.  

* There is a $10.00 fee for this training. Please make checks payable to:

Crisis Services: 2969 Main Street, Buffalo NY 14214

In the Memo Line please write: "Intervention January 2016"