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Notice & Respond Facilitator Training

About the Notice & Respond Gatekeeper Workshops

Mental health is a community responsibility. These workshops were developed as part of a broad public health approach to help community members understand the potential role they play in maintaining campus mental health. Grounded in the belief that “all learning has an emotional base,” Notice & Respond workshops reveal not only the dynamics of mental health situations, but also the undercurrents of human interaction around mental health situations.

The interactive workshop format is based upon Social Learning Theory and the Pro-social Bystander Intervention Model. It uses a combination of learning modalities for faculty, staff and students to learn how to recognize and respond to a range of mental health issues including suicide. Participants can expect to

  • observe a realistic filmed scenario of a conversation with a distressed student
  • engage in self-reflection and dialog
  • overcome fears, judgments and hesitations in order to help others
  • learn about response options they can use in their settings
  • consider campus resources that offer support

Three different Notice & Respond workshops have been created to reflect the relative relationships gatekeepers play on a college campus:

  • Notice & Respond: Assisting Students in Distress (for faculty)
  • Notice & Respond: Assisting Students in Distress (for staff)
  • Notice & Respond: Friend 2 Friend (for students)

Who should train to become a facilitator?

The Facilitator Training offers university faculty, educators, student services professionals, counselors and other trainers the opportunity to learn how to facilitate the Notice and Respond workshops on their own campuses. Administrators and Directors will learn how the Notice & Respond gatekeeper training can be used as a prevention strategy to synchronize campus-wide efforts to address the continuum of mental health, and discuss effective strategies they can use to gain political will, stakeholder support and faculty and staff engagement. Colleges may benefit most when they have a team composed of those responsible for strategic planning/implementation, along with those who will facilitate the workshops to community groups.

What will you learn?

  • How to apply this proven approach to engage individuals and mobilize a coordinated campus effort to support your student mental health initiatives.
  • Facilitation methods and skills that enhance the dynamics of group development to accomplish the program objectives.
  • How to adapt the didactic information to reflect your campus’ practices and resources.
  • Responses to challenging comments and questions, without disrupting group dynamics.

Training opportunities

  • No trainings are scheduled at this time. However, colleges and universities may schedule and host a training intensive at their university/site for up to 15 people.


Fees include a facilitator's manual and 3 DVDs (for the faculty, staff, and student versions)

  • 3-day training at Cornell University: a fee of $200 per person is charged (must provide own accommodations and transportation). Some meals are included.
  • 2-day training at your site: $6,000 plus 2 trainers' travel and expenses.

For more information on how to bring the Notice & Respond programs to your campus:

Please contact Catherine Thrasher-Carroll, phone 607-255-8255.

Notice & Respond movie trailers

Watch the following trailers for a glimpse into the kinds of situations presented in the gatekeeper training programs.