SMHI Suicide Prevention Ongoing Region 11 Training (SPORT) Project

SMHI Suicide Prevention Ongoing Region 11 Training
Innovative Integration of Student Mental Health Content and Technology


Through this project, districts can designate two personnel to be trained in student mental health issues. LACOE will provide these project trainers with Student Mental Health Initiative (SMHI) professional development workshops using a Trainer-of-Trainers (TOT) model. The workshops will include tools, resources, and content delivery using technology, which will then be disseminated by project trainers to their schools and communities during the duration of this project.


Project trainers have access to:

  • suicide prevention online resources
  • face-to-face TOT training
  • virtual follow-up meetings
  • technology tools including iPad and online professional learning community
  • technical and content support from a regional consultant and LACOE throughout the project


After the initial TOT training, each project trainer will be expected to:

  • coordinate, organize, and provide a minimum of three trainings of up to 90 minutes each within ten months, conducting at least one training for each of the following audiences:
    • crisis team personnel
    • school staff
    • parents
  • collaborate with regional consultant and LACOE
  • collect training evaluations

Project Trainer Qualifications

  • Experience in mental health consultation or school leadership.
  • Experience in presenting professional development to school staff and parents.
  • Experience using computer technology, including e-mail and web browsing.
  • Time commitment of about 65 hours total from August 2013 through June 2014.


The Suicide Prevention Ongoing Region 11 Training Project is supported by funds provided through Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). The Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) in its efforts to serve its 80 districts in the area of student mental health has designed and developed a sustainable, no-cost, technology-infused training model to deliver student mental health content to its various constituencies.

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The California County Superintendents Educational Services Association’s Regional K-12 Student Mental Health Initiative is administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities. Prevention and Early Intervention programs implemented by CalMHSA are funded through the voter-approved Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63). Prop 63 provides the funding and framework needed to expand mental health services to previously underserved populations and all of California’s diverse communities.

Los Angeles County Youth Suicide Prevention Project