Schedule a Training: Program Menu


Are you interested in scheduling a session of the programs listed below? Please call the trainers directly, or contact Coordinator Jess Hegstrom at 457-8970/ jhegstrom@lccountymt.gov to set one up. 

QPR Gatekeeper Training

LogoIntended for people from all walks of life, QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) is a one- to two-hour course designed to teach “gatekeepers” warning signs of a suicidal crisis and how to help. Gatekeepers can include friends, co-workers, supervisors, neighbors, parents, siblings, teachers, coaches, caseworkers, police officers, and firefighters, among many others. The process follows three steps: (1) Question if a person is considering suicide, (2) Persuade them to seek and accept help, and (3) Refer the person to appropriate resources.

Information provided by the QPR Institute and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. Learn more about the program here.

QPR Trainers:

Debbie Micu |Debbie.Micu@HelenaCollege.edu| 406-447-6962

Jacqueline Isaly| jisaly@lccountymt.gov| 406-457-8958

Jaime Larese|  JLarese@sphealth.org  |

Jamie Eastwood | Jamie.breathe@outlook.com| 406-438-7125

Jason McNees|  Jmcnees@helenaindianalliance.com|  406-449-5796 ext. 135

Jennifer Wiederhold |  jenwiederhold77@gmail.com |   406-438-2919

Jess Hegstrom  |  jhegstrom@lccountymt.gov |  406-457-8970

Jonathan Hamm  | jonathan.a.hamm@gmail.com |

Karl Rosston |  krosston@mt.gov  |  406-444-3349

Kathy Heisler |  kheisler@lincoln.k12.mt.us |

Laura Allen-Bullis |  lallen@lincoln.k12.mt.us |

Maggi Navarro|  poncheskid@gmail.com |  406-461-9200

Mary Anderson  |  maanderson@helenaschools.org  |  406-324-2763

Molly McKinney |  molly.mckinney@mt.gov  |  406-444-3743

Suzanne Morgan|  elevatelifemt@gmail.com|  406-202-0435

Adverse Childhood Experiences Awareness training

This 1-hour training raises awareness about how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress can impact children throughout their lifetimes. When exposed to high amounts of prolonged stress it can affect their developing brains and shape how they see, feel and react to situations for the rest of their lives. Not only that, if left untreated it can lead to self-medicating (drug and alcohol abuse, tobacco use, self-harm, suicide, etc.), and can affect the health of that child as they get older (high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, etc.).

While Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can impact the life of a child – a loving, caring, healthy relationship can offset the damage caused by ACEs. Resilience is a combination of skills learned through healthy relationships that helps us overcome the adversity we have experienced in life.

Schools typically receive more in-depth training by a master trainer, who delves into the neuroscience behind ACEs.  Those sessions range from 2-8 hours and can provide attendees with OPI/CEU credit hours.

Learn more here.

ACEs Presenters:

Rebecca Hargis |  elevatemontanahelenaaffiliate@gmail.com | (406) 459-0380

Kati Bono|  kati@childwise.org | (406) 457-4812

Trina Filan| trina.filan@gmail.com | (916) 248-9635

Rev. Dr. Chris Haughee, DMin, MDiv|chrish@intermountain.org  | 406-457-4850

Sarah Robinson|Sarah.Robinson@pacificsource.com | 406-441-2141

Operation S.A.V.E. : VA Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training

S.A.V.E. is a one- to two-hour gatekeeper training program provided by VA suicide prevention coordinators to veterans and those who serve veterans. Optional role-playing exercises are included. Operation S.A.V.E consists of the following components:
1. A brief overview of suicide in the veteran population
2. Suicide myths and misinformation
3. Risk factors for suicide
4. Components of the S.A.V.E. model (Signs of suicide, Asking about suicide, Validating feelings, Encouraging help and Expediting treatment)

Information provided by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. Learn more here.

SAVE Trainers:

Juliana Hallows, NCC, LPMHC | Suicide Prevention Coordinator  |  406-447-6047
SAVE Lesson Plan

PsychArmor: Online training

PsychArmor Institute Institute is a non-profit that provides free education and support for all Americans to engage effectively with the military community and bridge the military-civilian divide. PsychArmor recruits nationally recognized subject matter experts to create and deliver short online courses about issues relevant to the military and Veteran communities. Its self-paced courses are delivered within nine topic areas geared toward military culture, healthcare providers, employers, K-12 educators, higher education, volunteers, caregivers and families, transitioning service members, and communities serving Veterans. The institute provides critical resources to all Americans who work with, live with, and care about Veterans.

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Between May 27th and Nov. 11, the Lewis & Clark Suicide Prevention Coalition will oversee the Military Strong campaign to spread military cultural competency throughout the county. The campaign utilizes PsychArmor’s Veteran-ready certification program. Find out more here. Learn about PsychArmor Institute at psycharmor.org

Mental Health First Aid

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Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course that teaches anyone 18 years and older how to help an adult who may be experiencing a mental health-related crisis or problem. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addictions. Specialized courses are also available for public safety officers and military families. Training can be split into smaller sessions over the course of a few days.

Information provided by Mental Health First Aid USA. Learn more here.

Mental Health First Aid Trainers:

Karl Rosston |  krosston@mt.gov  |  406-444-3349

Brett Lloyd |  BLLOYD@lccountymt.gov|  406-457-8897

Jami Hansen  |  jami.hansen7@gmail.com |  253-468-0422 |406-422-0780

Natascha Robinson  |  natascha.robinson@mtha.org  |  406-457-8048

Shani Rich  |  shani.rich@mtha.org  |  406-457-8018

Youth Mental Health First Aid

youthYouth Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. It also teaches adults how to tell the difference between normal adolescent development and a burgeoning/existing mental health challenge, which can be difficult for adults to identify without training. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. Training can be split into smaller sessions over the course of a few days.

Information provided by Mental Health First Aid USA. Learn more here.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainers:

Natascha Robinson  |  natascha.robinson@mtha.org  |  406-457-8048

Shani Rich  |  shani.rich@mtha.org  |  406-457-8018

Jess Hegstrom  |  jhegstrom@lccountymt.gov |  406-457-8970

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

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Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and how to work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don’t need any formal training to attend the workshop — anyone 16 or older can learn and use the ASIST model.

Studies show that the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings in those at risk and is a cost-effective way to help address the problem of suicide.

Information provided by LivingWorks. Learn more here.

ASIST Trainers:

Mary Anderson  |  maanderson@helenaschools.org  |  406-324-2763

KC Richem  |  krichem@helenaschools.org  |  406-324-1124

Natascha Robinson  |  natascha.robinson@mtha.org  |  406-457-8048

Jess Hegstrom  |  jhegstrom@lccountymt.gov |  406-457-8970

Crisis Intervention Team Training

CITMTThe Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) course is a 40-hour-evidence-based training that assists law enforcement,  detention staff, dispatchers, firefighters and other first responders in engaging, assessing, and assisting individuals in crisis with mental and/or co-occurring substance disorders.  CIT encompasses tools and skills to better manage people experiencing mental health and/or co-occurring substance disorders.  This training exposes the participants to materials and experiences from trained mental health and medical professionals to better prepare them to effectively and safely work with this unique population. CIT Academy instruction includes:

  • Suicide assessment and intervention
  • Substance abuse and dual diagnosis
  • Introduction to mental illness
  • Psychotropic medications
  • Legal issues
  • Elderly and children’s issues
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Intervention strategies
  • Scenario training
  • Site visits

CIT is offered once a year per region in various communities around the state. The next Helena training is scheduled for March 2020.

Trainer/ coordinator:

Sgt. Shane Hildenstab| CIT Coordinator| Shildenstab@lccountymt.gov | 406-447-8297