Professional Training

Professionals of all levels working with people in all capacities benefit from increased knowledge and skill in providing clients with effective care addressing suicide prevention, intervention and postvention.

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‚ÄčE-mail JoAnn if you're interested in discussing development of a training specific to your needs. 

Workshops ranging from 1 hour to 2 days can be developed to address the particular needs of your staff.  A short workshop can introduce information and concepts, and prepare your staff for a more intensive and extensive follow up session.  Longer workshops allow for in-depth exploration of evidence based models and practice with those models. Professionals are not exempt from first hand experience with suicide both in their work and in their personal lives, and in the longer workshops, they are able to examine their own life experiences and investigate how those experiences effect their ability as helpers. 


Schools are a particularly ripe venue for suicide prevention training.  From teachers to behavioral health providers to auxiliary staff, all adults in a school should be trained as suicide prevention gatekeepers.  In addition, consultation or a workshop is available for school teams looking to establish a suicide prevention or postvention protocol. Training is also available for schools seeking to implement a peer to peer helping program.

All workshops are prepared to fit your needs.  The presenter, in collaboration with the workshop organizers, adapts any information and skills to the cultural beliefs and values of the audience.

The internationally recognized evidence based trainings of QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer), and ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) are also available.


JoAnn Sartorius has worked with Native Communities as well as other cultural groups of New Mexico for over thirty years.  

JoAnn Sartorius, L.I.S.W.

Prevention New Mexico, L.L.C.

Consultation - Training - Program Management
(505) 660-6556      joannsartorius@gmail.com

After hundreds of workshops facilitated nationally and internationally, JoAnn will be happy to talk with you about what might work best with your staff.  There are many organizations in New Mexico that can provide training and JoAnn will help you find the best fit.  It is often possible to locate a training provided free of charge by the Department of Health/Office of School and Adolescent Health, or other organization working to reduce suicide in New Mexico.