Suicide Recog./Inter. - Real-life Programs for "What You Do"

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Suicide Recognition and Intervention
for Dispatchers

Summary: Unfortunately, we can all probably relate to knowing a co-worker, family member, friend, loved one or business associate who has committed suicide. The shock of this is generally followed by questions, why, how could we have seen this coming, and was there anything we could have done to prevent it?.  (program details)

Duration: This one-day program will examine the areas of suicide recognition, prevention and intervention strategies by exploring this phenomenon as it cuts across demographic lines and impacts our lives and organizations as we work in the comm. center and/or at home.

(Any of the topics contained within this one day program may be combined with other subject matter to create customized one or two day programs to meet your specific needs)

Results: Attendees will be able to apply newly learned skills to assist them in handling suicide calls and many other crisis calls more effectively.

Instructor: Taught by Sgt. Michael Wargo, Illinois State Police (Ret.), a prior Senior Hostage/Suicide Intervention instructor and F. B. I. Anti-Terrorism Unit designee. He has work experience handling suicide situations, has worked Comm. Center, and published Hostage/Suicide articles which complement his teaching.  Negotiator. He is currently an instructor and trainer of law enforcement and telecommunication for

Topics Covered in this Course: 

Students will interact in a learning environment that will allow each the opportunity to learn, develop and apply behaviors to: 

The Phenomenon of Suicide

Roots and Causes


Suicide Assessment


Warning Signs

Pre-Suicidal Conditions and Clues

Law Enforcement Suicide Potential and Suicide by Cop

Suicide Recognition, Prevention and Intervention for Police and dispatchers

Case Studies & Practical Exercises

Program Details: 

    The program will focus on how dispatchers can distinguish and identify the various types of destructive behaviors which convey a larger suicide potential or risk. We can do something to prevent, safely intervene and eliminate the act from being carried out.

     Case studies and practical exercises will be utilized to both identify various suicide situations in which intervention was initiated and then students will intervene in a mock suicide exercise to utilize the techniques and tactics presented during the program to mitigate and safely resolve the situation.

(Any of the topics contained within this one day program may be combined with other subject matter to create customized one or two day programs to meet your specific needs)

Training in these areas is vital.  The seminar is primarily designed for public safety telecommunicators who are often the first to be confronted with this problem, its dynamics and effects. Completing this one-day seminar will enable the attendees to respond more effectively to actual or potential suicide incidents and many other crisis calls.
This program is a MUST for all Comm. Center personnel !

Additional suggested programs: 

Command Course for Hostage/Barricade Incidents
Management of Police Response to Hostage/Barricade Incident
First Response to a Hostage/Barricade/Suicide Incident
Basic Crisis Negotiation
Crisis Negotiation Course (40 hours)
Disaster Incident Management for Communications Personnel
Dispatcher Performance Enhancement - The Power to Change
Wellness/Stress Management
Incident Command System (ICS) Training for Dispatchers and Police
Crisis Call Taking