This one day training is designed to help schools develop and implement a process for responding to the aftermath of a sudden death within a school community. The Postvention workshop is one component of the comprehensive Lifelines program which also includes intervention and prevention. The strategies presented recognize both the resources available and the challenges schools face in dealing with suicide.        

Who should attend?

All school staff members who have a key role to play in responding to a death by suicide or other sudden death. Preferably, they would work together as a crisis team, which may include the following members:  administrators, student assistance coordinators, counselors, school nurses, guidance counselors, social workers, experienced teachers, and possibly other school staff. It is highly recommended that a school’s crisis team attend the training as a group.


Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the history and evaluation results of Lifelines Postvention.
  • Clarify the role of the school administrator in postvention.
  • Outline the roles and responsibilities of the crisis team.
  • Help schools develop a process for responding compassionately and appropriately when faced with the death of a student by suicide.  
  • Inform other school staff, students and parents about their role in postvention.
  • Use the Lifelines Postvention resources found in the manual and on the CD-ROM

Lifelines Postvention Agenda

8:00   Registration

8:15   Welcome, Introductions and Overview

  • Simulation Exercises
  • Expectations and Agenda

9:15    Postvention in the Competent and Compassionate School Community

  • You are not alone
  • Understanding Needs
  • Lifelines Postvention Background

10:15   Break    

10:30   Understanding the Theory behind Postvention

11:15   Addressing School Needs

11:30   Administrative Readiness Survey

12:15   Lunch

1:00    The Crisis Response Team:  The Key Players in Postvention

2:15    Break

2:30    Handling Unique Situations, Simulation Exercise Part 2

3:00    Going Forward

3:30    Post-test, Evaluation and Closure

4:00    Adjourn