SafeSide Framework for Suicide Prevention in Rural Communities

Half-day workshop + One year of learning and interaction

Online Workshop July 25, August 1, or August 15

In Partnership with the UR Medicine Recovery Center of Excellence

Half-day Workshop

Learn a systematic framework for suicide prevention that can be applied in rural communities, with a special focus on youth, substance use, and Indigenous or Tribal communities.

Monthly Q&A

When the rubber hits the road, SafeSide is there for you. Brief monthly Q&A video calls and an online discussion forum to ask questions, request feedback, and share experiences.

Weekly Newsletter

Tips, research updates, and quick learning opportunities to SafeSide members so you stay current and keep growing in your suicide prevention expertise.

Workshop for Service Providers in Rural Communities

The UR Medicine Recovery Center of Excellence, with funding from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) partnered with SafeSide Prevention to provide a workshop focused on suicide prevention training for service providers in rural communities at no-cost to you.

* screenshots of participant chat comments during workshop May 23, 2023


Physicians, nurses, physicians assistants, social workers, nurse practitioners, youth organization team members, mental health professionals, school health professionals and others who serve rural communities are all welcome to attend.

Online. Half-day. Not boring.

This interactive workshop features video demonstrations, active discussion groups, and access to the latest research on best practices for suicide prevention.

Content is designed for service providers in rural communities, with highlights on suicide prevention for youth, substance use, and Indigenous or Tribal communities.

Workshop Dates:

Choose one: July 25, August 1, or August 15



Anna Kawennison Fetter, PhD, EdM

Dr. Fetter is an enrolled member of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe. She is a postdoctoral fellow in the Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

A Counseling Psychologist by training, her scholarship focuses on promoting mental health equity through a strength-based, structural, and culturally congruent lens. Dr. Fetter's research has a particular focus on understanding the role of culturally relevant stressors and protective factors on the mental health and well-being of American Indian and Alaska Native (Al/AN) communities.

Clinically, she specializes in providing culturally responsive psychotherapy to minoritized emerging adults, including those who identify as Al/AN.

Lived Experience Faculty
Kristina Zurich

As a suicide attempt survivor, Kristina Zurich devotes herself to improving the care for others who suffer the way she did. A vocal patient advocate for recovery-oriented care, Kristina served as Interim CEO at NAMI Rochester, co-teaches SafeSide programs, and is involved in developing SafeSide’s content and materials.

Founder of SafeSide Prevention
Tony Pisani

Dr. Tony Pisani is a Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology) and Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide and the founder of SafeSide Prevention. Tony is a primary care psychologist, family therapist, and internationally recognized leader in suicide prevention education. SafeSide program is the next-generation culmination of 15 years of work in suicide prevention education.

Lived Experience Faculty
Jack Stem

Jack Stem is a Project Manager at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Nursing. Jack is in recovery from opioid use disorder (27 years on March 28, 2022), bringing his own experience dealing with the disease of substance use disorder to bear on his work. Jack has since dedicated his professional life to helping others with this disease.

Dean S. Seneca

Dean S. Seneca, MPH, MCURP, serves as the CEO of Seneca Scientific Solutions+, a Public Health and Urban and Regional Planning LLC. In this position, he provides capacity building assistance for Tribal Nations, States, Regions, Cities and Territories in economic and community development that embraces the concepts of “healthy places for healthy people.”

Areas of Mr. Seneca's health expertise include epidemiology, chronic and infectious diseases, emergency preparedness and response, environmental health, intergenerational trauma, social determinants, and global health. Mr. Seneca holds an adjunct position at the University of Buffalo, School of Public Health and Health Professions, and the University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Vice President of Implementation and Impact
Sarah Donovan, PsyD

Dr. Sarah Donovan is the Director of Learning Transfer and Sustainability at SafeSide Prevention. Sarah’s experience as a licensed psychologist working with youth, families, and teams in residential settings fuels her passion for system change and effective implementation of evidence-based interventions. After leading the implementation of several practices and interventions (including SafeSide) as the Director of Evidence-Based Practice in a large youth serving organization, she joined the SafeSide team. At SafeSide, Sarah leverages implementation science to support the transfer of learning to practice and outcomes for SafeSide partners, their staff, and the people they serve.

Pedro Centeno, PhD

Dr. Pedro Centeno is a clinical psychologist and serves as SafeSide's Educational Media Lead. Through his clinical work, he has experience working with youth, minority groups and men struggling with addiction. In video production and educational content development at SafeSide, he’s been able to leverage his own voice, experience and creativity. The common thread throughout Dr. Centeno's professional experiences is his passion for helping people enact change and live out their best intentions.

Goodbye, 'One and done.' Hello, 'There for you.'

Following the workshop, you get a one-year membership with SafeSide Prevention which includes monthly Q&A, an online discussion group, professional networking opportunities, and a weekly newsletter that will keep you up-to-date and grow your suicide prevention expertise. With something this important, you deserve to have ongoing support.


Our InPlace® Learning program is an evidence-based learning model that blends the convenience, fidelity, and repeatability of online training with ongoing access to experts and the opportunity to practice skills that small group learning provides.


No matter your service role, you will leave this workshop with actionable skills, a clear framework, and ongoing support to help you feel more confident as you work to prevent suicide for those you serve.

96% of all participants across all SafeSide’s training programs report that they agree or strongly agree with feeling confident about what to do when encountering a person with suicide concerns post-training - compared to 71% confidence pre-training.

SafeSide's content and its people are amazing. The support we receive and the connections that have been made are improving our ability to provide a service that is truly "beyond safety". We already held the values, many parts of the knowledge, and some of the skills, but the SafeSide Framework brings it all together, and helps us to identify what we are doing well and where we need to keep building.

Patti B. Youth Services Clinical Director

This HRSA RCORP RCOE program is supported by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $15.7 M with 0% financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by HRSA, HHS or the US Government.

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