University of Southern Indiana


FULL Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM) Training
Train the Trainer

Time: Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., workshop begins at 9 a.m. CST
Date: August 3, 2017
Location: University of Southern Indiana (USI) University Center, Carter Hall
Registration Fee: $10

CALM (Counseling on Access to Lethal Means) is a means reduction program developed in New Hampshire at the Injury Prevention Center at Dartmouth in collaboration with researchers at the Harvard Injury Control Research Center. The workshop is presented to mental health and health care professionals to engage them in this effective component of an overall suicide prevention effort.

A CALM workshop addresses why and how to do this, focusing on the steps below. The workshop includes: powerpoint presentations regarding why CALM is important, a model videotaped counseling session, and time for discussion and role plays.

During CALM, the following steps are emphasized:

  1. Explain that you believe that your client or a family member is at risk for suicide and why you have made this determination.
  2. Explain that they can reduce the risk by reducing access to lethal means, particularly firearms.
  3. Discuss specific steps they can take to remove or at least reduce access to firearms and other lethal means.

This session will prepare you to provide CALM workshops in your community. Means reduction education is an evidence-based strategy to prevent suicide as a component of a broader effort. CALM developers will train suicide prevention advocates to provide workshops for mental health and health care providers as well as others. It will last about 6 hours. CEUS will be available as will all materials to hold workshops in your community. There will be a minimal cost for the training to cover lunch and pre-registration is required.

Trainer Requirements

Interested trainers should possess:

  • Good presentation skills including working with presentation equipment.
  • Familiarity with suicide prevention concepts and practices.
  • Experience working with mental health providers and other health/social service providers especially implementing training sessions.
  • Familiarity with firearms and/or the gun culture is helpful but not essential.
  • Willingness to provide training(s) to those in your area.


The funding for the training is provided by Community Health Network’s Zero Suicides for Indiana Youth SAMHSA grant #SM061768. However there is a $10 fee to cover lunch.

FULL Registration

Register early! There is a limit of 45 participants for this training. (Update July 5, 2017: The Pre-conference is now full. Registration is still being accepted for the conference.)

By registering for the CALM training, you will be expected to provide at least two CALM trainings in the year following this training as agreed upon via a signed Consulting Agreement.

Accessibility Accommodations

If disability-related accommodations are required, contact USI Outreach and Engagement at 812-464-1989 or email at It is recommended that you make this request at the earliest possible date to ensure that the requested accommodations are in place when needed.

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