Training & Education

I don’t know anyone who actually enjoys listening to PowerPoint slides being read aloud verbatim. Personally, it’s is my idea of torture. But all too often, that’s what (painfully) passes for “professional education.”


As a former commercial litigator, I bring a strategic sensibility to my presentations. And as a suicide loss survivor myself, I bring a personal connection that can only come via lived experience. Whether I’m delivering grand rounds at a medical center, a training on postvention response at an army base, a webinar on compassion fatigue for funeral directors, or a Care for the Caregiver® retreat for mental health professionals, I pride myself on offering pragmatic evidence-informed material in an engaging, relatable, and meaningful way. 


Recognized by Amherst Magazine for “shaking up the conversation” on suicide as a crucial public health issue, I’ve been an invited guest lecturer and trainer over 100 times. 

November 2021

Facilitating Suicide Bereavement Support Groups

Whether you’ve been facilitating a group for years or it’s just an idea in the back of your mind, join us for a series of Zoom training workshops to explore best practices for facilitating warm, welcoming, and effective suicide bereavement support groups.

past programs

When Should I Worry? Mental Health and Suicide in Teens, a psychoeducational presentation and interactive discussion for parents and interested others. Previously delivered to diverse educational and faith-based organizations.


Care for the Caregiver®, an interactive exploration of the impact of personal loss on professional caregivers, including clergy, hospice staff, support group facilitators, and others. Previously delivered in collaboration with a national nonprofit organization, a national thanatology institute, and a statewide funeral directors association. 


The Nuts and Bolts of Effective Suicide Postvention Response

Previously delivered to grand rounds at regional medical centers, the US Army Chaplain Center and School, the Veterans Administration National Chaplain Training Center, the South Korean National Police Agency, and the interdisciplinary crisis response team of a large public university.


The content, focus, and duration of any presentation can be easily customized to suit the particular interests, needs, and size of the target audience, as well as the budget of the host organization.  Trainings typically combine lecture with extensive audience participation and group interactivity, and include concrete takeaway messages, relevant handouts, and carefully vetted resource information. 


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“Joanne’s training was one of the best I’ve heard."


"I was dazzled by her subject-matter expertise, articulateness, facility with group process, and the quality of her materials."

"Joanne made presentations to five distinct groups over three days. She was able to tailor her message to strongly resonate with one, including suicide survivors, mental health professionals, school personnel, and the general public."


"Joanne has a unique talent in translating complex research and knowledge to a language that is easily understood by each particular audience"


“I loved listening to your presentations.”


“Your talk was exquisite.” 


“Your information was so perfect in its content, delivery, and tone.”


Korean National Police Training

Training the Psychologists of the

South Korean National Police Agency

For a comprehensive list of prior speaking engagements, click here.

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Training the Chaplains of the U.S. Army