Safety Planning For Educators


Introductory | Mental Health Literacy

| 1 Hour 5 Minutes

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About the Course


The Safety Planning for Educators course is part of the Mental Health Competency for Educators Series and covers the topic of safety planning, for instances of intimate partner violence and suicidal ideation. Although Safety Planning for Educators is a standalone course, it is best taken after Suicidal Behavior Competency for Educators course as it both furthers its content and offers practical ways to help others at work who are at risk for suicide. Completing Safety Planning for Educators will take approximately 60-80 minutes of continuous learning time.

This course was created for those who want to help someone in their educators’ community who is in an abusive relationship, or who is experiencing suicidal ideation. Based on up-to-date statistics from governing bodies and relevant scholarly articles, this course is full of learner focused activities, live-filmed videos and attractive animations.

NOTE: We recommend completing Mental Health Competency 1 for Educators before taking any other Mental Health Ally for Educators Series courses.

Estimated Course Length: 1 Hour 5 Mins.

Course Includes: 14 sections with components in each section (components consist of a mixed media approach with an animated overview video, a subject matter expert fireside chat, role plays, and a knowledge game)

Companion Videos: 8 companion videos created for enhanced learning on key course topics in Safety Planning for Educators; over 120 mental health literacy videos on a host of mental health topics

Downloadable PDFs: 6 downloadable PDFs expanding on relevant course topics

Target Audience: Educators

Level of Instruction: Introductory

Prerequisite: None

Instructional Method: Self-paced, interactive, hybrid of audio, text, video, and learning checks

Accessibility Accommodations: Color contrast; transcripts of video components; closed captioning of audio and video components.

After completing this course, you will be able to describe and employ the following:

  1. Describe the key considerations one must understand before developing an intimate partner violence safety plan and the aspects of a written safety plan. The description must include how roles differ, how each safety plan is unique, and must include aspects of both emotional and physical safety.

  2. Utilize the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale to assess colleague suicide risk. Describe the aspects of a safety plan for suicide risk, including key considerations and the six points to include in a written safety plan.

  • Course Overview & Introduction (5+ minutes)

  • What is a Safety Plan? (1+ minute)

  • Intimate Partner Violence (4+ minutes)

  • Common Myths Often Associated with Intimate Partner Violence (4+ minutes)

  • Key Considerations for Developing a Safety Plan (1+ minute)

  • Developing a Safety Plan (2+ minutes)

  • Additional Factors of a Safety Plan (6+ minutes)

  • Suicidal Behaviors (1+ minute)

  • Risk and Protective Factors Associated with Suicide (2+ minutes)

  • Common Myths About Suicide (2+ minutes)

  • Assessing for Suicide Risk (12+ minutes)

  • Creating a Safety Plan (12+ minutes)

  • Knowledge Check (1+ minute)

  • Discussion Summary & Course Outro (2+ minutes)

  • References

  • Post-Course Assessment (8+ minutes) Overview & Introduction (4+ minutes) 
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