Oneida County Professional Training Coalition (OCPTC), in partnership with Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc., Offer Training, “Supporting and Helping Survivors of a Loss by Suicide,” on Friday, February 21st, 2014 from 9:00A.M. – 12:00P.M. at Radisson Hotel-Utica Centre

February 2014 – Oneida County Professional Training Coalition (OCPTC) and Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. will present an educational workshop, entitled “Supporting and Helping Survivors of a Loss by Suicide,” by Debra Graham, Central New York Area Director for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), on Friday, February 21, 2014 at Radisson Hotel-Utica Centre, Utica New York 13501 (Sponsored by the Oneida County Department of Mental Health). This workshop will take place from 9:00A.M. – 12:00P.M. (Registration begins at 8:30A.M.). The cost is $30.00 per participant, and includes morning coffee, set-up, and continental breakfast & program materials. Registration deadline date is Friday, February 14, 2014. To register, please visit CFLR, Inc.’s website at or email Sarah Rivera, Program Assistant for CFLR, Inc., at

This workshop will enable participants to identify the importance of the survivors grieving process, the importance of language and the Do’s and Don’ts when talking with a newly bereaved survivor. Participants will also hear the story of two suicide survivors, including Debra Graham herself. There will be time for individuals to ask any questions or share concerns they may have about supporting and helping individuals who have lost loved ones to suicide.

Individuals encouraged to attend this training, include: Social Workers, Addiction Treatment and/or Prevention Professionals, Case Managers, Case Workers, Residential Providers, Parole and Probation Staff, Law Enforcement, Marriage and Family Therapists, Hospital staff and administrators, long-term care staff and administrators, Funeral Directors/Employees, Medical Examiners, School Personnel and Teachers.


For more information about this training, please contact Samantha Madderom, Prevention Specialist for CFLR, Inc., at (315) 768 – 2677 or

For media inquiries, contact Katrena L. (Freetage) Berkovich, Fund Development and Communications Director for CFLR, Inc., at (315) 768 – 2665 or

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