Thu, Apr 29 | Online Webinar

Suicide Prevention Fundamentals

Suicide Prevention Fundamentals Instruction (SPFI)™ In partnership with the Idaho Lives Project Virtual Training
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Suicide Prevention Fundamentals

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Apr 29, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Online Webinar

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Suicide Prevention Fundamentals Instruction (SPFI)™ In partnership with the Idaho Lives Project Virtual Training

Topic: CCI Suicide Prevention trg. Time: Apr 29, 2021 11:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 831 7796 4038 Passcode: 599114

Training Description SPFI™ is a regularly updated, evidence-informed training designed specifically for Idahoans and addresses the following topics: 

Understanding the suicidal mind and why people die by suicide 

What is true and false about suicide 

State, national and regional suicide statistics 

Suicide warning signs 

How to ask, the suicide question and practice scenarios 

Getting those at risk to help 

How to instill hope and increase protective factors 

Postvention and helping survivors of suicide loss 

The importance of safety and proper messaging 

Upstream approaches to suicide prevention and helping people thrive 

Additional training models tailored to specific audiences, e.g., clinicians, first responders, correcctions, schools, clergy, youth services, parents, legal services, media, coroners, funeral directors, etc.

Kim Kane, MPA, is the GLS project director for the Idaho Lives Project (ILP), which focuses on youth suicide prevention. ILP is a project of the Idaho State Department of Education (SDE), and is funded by the Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) Memorial Act grant through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s (IDHW) Suicide Prevention Program. Kim has worked in the field of suicide prevention in Idaho for 15 years. She is the former program manager for the Suicide Prevention Program in the IDHW’s Division of Public Health. Prior to that, Kim was the program director for ILP. She is a former member and co-founder of the Idaho Governor's Council on Suicide Prevention and the former executive director of the Suicide Prevention Action Network of Idaho (SPAN Idaho). Kim is a certified trainer with the Sources of Strength ongoing youth wellness program, and author of the Suicide Prevention Fundamentals Instruction (SPFI) training program. She also is trained in the Certified Psychological Autopsy Program from the American Association of Suicidology. Kim's bachelor's degree and master's degree in public administration are both from Kansas State University. She lives in Boise, Idaho. Contact:; 208.999.0137

Judy Gabert, MA, MEd, is the senior program specialist with ILP. Judy worked as a teacher and school counselor for Boise School District, where she became interested in suicide prevention. She helped to write and present the first suicide prevention plan for the District with a committee that included Peter Wolheim, PhD, who was an early leader and major proponent of suicide prevention in Idaho. Judy joined SPAN Idaho in 2009 as a resource specialist, and in 2013, worked with Kim Kane and Matt McCarter, of the SDE, to write and be awarded the Federal GLS Memorial Act grant, which created the Idaho Lives Project with Sources of Strength for Idaho schools. She is a certified Sources of Strength and SPFI trainer. She lives in Nampa, Idaho on a mini-farm with her husband and cats and dog. Contact:; 208.999.0137

Ali Shields, LMSW, is the AWARE project director for ILP. Ali’s passion for mental health and suicide prevention/intervention began in 2009, as a psychiatric technician at Intermountain Hospital. From this work, she began seeking degrees in social work. Ali completed her graduate-level internship with St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital, where she worked primarily with suicidal adolescent populations. Ali obtained her bachelor’s degree in social work from Boise State University (Boise, Idaho) in 2016, as well as her master’s in social work, with a specialization in community mental health, from Northwest Nazarene University in 2017. Ali is a certified Sources of Strength and SPFI trainer. Contact:; 208.371.7832

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