Professional Development

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For FREE, RIDE sponsored professional development opportunities see the info below.

The Samaritans of RI will offer two professional development workshops on youth and teen suicide prevention.  All educators and agencies serving children, youth and families are invited to attend.

To register contact: Denise Panichas, Executive Director at 401.721.5220 or at

All training will take place at:

The Samaritans of RI Forget-Me-Not Gallery

67 Park Place Pawtucket, RI , 401.721.5220

Winter/Spring 2015-2016


Professional Development Training

Opportunity for School Based Professionals

and Agencies Serving Children, Youth and Families

by Denise Panichas, M.Ed. Executive Director

Cost: Free – sponsored by RI Dept of Ed.

Credit Hours: 2

The Samaritans of RI Training Academy, in partnership with the RI Department of Education, is please to announce a new professional development training program combining our Youth and Teen Suicide Prevention Awareness Training class with the art of non-judgmental listening.

After more than 38 years on our Crisis Hotline/Listening Line  we know there are missed opportunities to connect, in meaningful ways,  with people of all ages who are hopeless and alone.

Those missed opportunities can lead to hurt feelings, misunderstandings and most importantly isolation.

Our class in “active listening” techniques is intended to help  participants hear and respond differently to what is said –  especially  students and their peers.

At The Samaritans, we believe those who become better listeners   and who demonstrate they really care will be seen as more accessible   and welcoming by students, as well as their friends and families, who have a need to connect with school based and community services.

Other Workshop Topics Covered:

1. The Samaritans of RI role in support of Rhode Islanders in need.

2. How to use The Samaritans website as a suicide prevention education resource.

3. Review of our suicide and drug overdose emergency checklist.

We will also review how to use our “Youth Perspective”

website pages which include lesson plans as well as resources

for teens and their parents.

Click here to view.

Upon completion of the class, you will receive

proof of participation for 2 credit hours.

Pre-Registration Required: Limited to 20 per class.

All classes are 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

2016/2017 Training Dates

(Choose one date)

October 5th or October 19th

November 2nd or November 16th

February 8th or February 22nd

March 8th or March 22nd

April 5th or April 19th

May 3rd or May 17th

June 7th or June 21st

To Register: Please or email Denise Panichas, Executive Director

or call 401.721.5220

Please include your name, school, cell number and email.

Note: The Samaritans is not a licensed, health care agency. All information provided in this workshop and on is general in nature. Do not rely upon any of the information for medical diagnosis or treatment. Please consult a primary health care provider about any personal health concerns. All care should be coordinated with a licensed primary care provider and a licensed mental health provider. For more information about licensed, health care providers in Rhode Island, contact the RI Department of Health.


The Samaritans of RI

Forget-Me-Not Gallery and Community Education Center

67 Park Place

Pawtucket RI 02860

On the first floor of brick building, the historic Baker-Hanley House (pictured at right)

Phone: 401.721.5220


Directions to 67 Park Place, Pawtucket RI 02860 (401) 721.5220

Signs on our building include Preservation Society of Pawtucket, Pawtucket Foundation and The Samaritans of RI Forget-Me-Not Gallery

From Destinations North: 95 South Take exit 27; turn right onto George St at Comfort Inn/Murphy’s Law Restaurant. Travel approximately 3/4 of a mile. Our building will be on your left on other side of park next to church with white steeple.

From Destinations South: Take 95 North exit 27; take left over 2nd highway overpass (at Comfort Inn and Murphy’s Law Restaurant) onto George St. Our building will be on your left on other side of park next to church with white steeple.
Parking is available in the Municipal Lot in the back of building. To access the parking lot, go to past 67 Park Place and turn right into to the lot just beyond the church with the white steeple. There is also on street parking as well as other parking lots on both sides of Park Place.

The parking lot next to our building is a private lot.

Other Professional Development Opportunities

The Samaritans has partnered with the RI Office of the Attorney General and  The Jason Foundation, Inc. to promote educator training available on The Jason Foundation website.

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Rhode Island Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (RIAHPERD)


Rhode Island Certified School Nurse Teachers

American Association for Health Education

Health Education and Promotion Network (HEP Network