Best Practices for Suicide Postvention in Schools (WS011)

Wednesday, February 16, 2022
2:30 PM–5:45 PM

  • CPD: 3
  • PMD: 1,6
  • Skill Level: Advanced

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. design effective postvention plans for both traditional and virtual schools that are based on best-practice strategies, use culturally responsive resources, and align with the NASP Practice Model;
  2. use the electronic After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools (2nd ed.) from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to help prepare school staff who are helping kids cope; and
  3. apply strategies of safe messaging in all school communications to students, parents, and the media, including social media, to limit contagion and safely memorialize.


Providing leadership in the aftermath of a student’s or staff member’s death by suicide is an essential role of the school psychologist and requires knowledge of best-practice strategies and culturally responsive resources to limit contagion. Effective postvention plans include using the SPRC/AFSP After a Suicide toolkit (2nd ed.); staff and caregiver training among other Tier 1 interventions, safe messaging in communications and social media, help for students coping with loss, and appropriate ways of memorializing loss.



Richard A. Lieberman
Scott Poland, EdD

Letter to Supervisor

Looking for a concise way to pitch the convention to your employer? This letter and the corresponding talking points are here to help!

Preliminary Brochure

Share our NASP 2022 preliminary brochure with your supervisor along with the above letter.