T4T Overview

The Sources of Strength Provisional Train the Trainer program is intended to be a step-by-step process.  The following are general guidelines for the registration process, the step-by-step process, core skills required to be a certified Sources of Strength  Trainer, the general costs of the program, the certification timeline, and dates for upcoming Train the Trainer Advanced Skills Sessions,.

Sources of Strength is intentional in our approach to training Certified Trainers. Given the highly interactive and comprehensive nature of the Sources of Strength program, we take training those implementing our curriculum very seriously. As such we ask that if you are not a Provisional Trainer and have not attended the Sources of Strength skills session, that you consult with Sources of Strength about becoming a Provisional Trainer before using our curriculum.

Registration

Please register here to indicate your interest in becoming a Sources of Strength Trainer and the training dates that would work best for you. Once registered, someone from the Sources of Strength team will reach out to you to confirm details about upcoming training opportunities.  

Certification Process

The following details are intended to guide you through the step-by-step process of becoming a Sources of Strength Provisional and then Certified Trainer. Note that simply attending a Train the Trainer Skills Session does not automatically qualify an individual to be a Certified Trainer. The “Provisional Certified Trainer” must attend and complete all of the following elements prior to full certification.

  1. It is recommended, although not mandatory, that provisional trainers observe two Peer Leader trainings presented by a fully Certified Trainer. It is also recommended that observations be completed prior to and Advanced Skills Session training.
  2. Complete a four day Train the Trainer: Advanced Skills Session Training. Upon completion of this training, participants will receive a provisional certification as a Sources of Strength Trainer. 
  3. Provisional Trainers are expected to facilitate all or a portion of at least six groups in a 24 month period in order to gain experience and develop core trainings skills. These six trainings should include:
    • four mini trainings in the setting of your choice (colleagues, school staff, students groups, etc);
      • mini trainings should be anywhere between 30-90 minutes and are meant to give Provisional Trainers time to gain confidence and command over various Sources of Strength training modules;
      • mini trainings are not a full implementation the Sources of Strength Peer Leader model;
    • and two co-trainings with a National Trainer or an approved Certified Trainer;
      • each co-training should include a full 3-6 hour Adult Advisor training and a full 4-6 hour Peer Leader training;
      • co-trainings can be conducted with middle and high schools, LGBTQ+ drop-in centers, faith communities, or in a community-based setting.
  4. Participate in ongoing webinars and discussion groups structured by Sources of Strength. These discussion groups will relate to suicide prevention, peer leadership, training skills, social networking in public health, and other related topics.
  5. Provisional Trainers should also participate as an “Adult Advisor” for a Peer Leader team (if possible) that completes at least three of five action steps over the course of one implementation year.

Once Certified

Once certification is completed, trainers:

  1. Are certified for a specific geographic region (county, tribal area, school system, etc.) as previously agreed upon with Sources of Strength;
  2. Agree to submit brief online Trainer Logs for each individual training (both mini and co-trainings).
  3. Commit to provide training with fidelity to Sources of Strength standards.
  4. Agree to use materials copyrighted and purchased through Sources of Strength and ensure that schools being trained are up-to-date on paying their yearly licensing fees.
  5. Will consult with the National Sources of Strength team regarding any adaptation of program implementation.
  6. Will remain certified and in good standing as a Sources of Strength Certified Trainer if they provide at least 6 trainings per year containing Sources of Strength modules and attend a recertification course through Sources of Strength every three years.
  7. Will only offer Sources of Strength training outside of the agreed upon geographic region if granted permission by the Sources of Strength National team. Becoming a Sources of Strength National or Contract Trainer is a more rigorous process that involves skills in starting, developing, and mentoring new regions.

Train the Trainer Costs

Initial costs associated with the Sources of Strength Train the Trainer process are:

  • $4,000 for one Trainer,
  • $2,500 per Trainer if you send more than one Trainer (i.e. $5,000 for two Trainers. $7,500 for three, and $10,000 for four).
  • $35,000 to host your own Train the Trainer locally. Hosting a local Train the Trainer Advanced Skills Session training allows you to invite 30 participants. Sources of Strength reserves the right to invite ten additional Trainers from other regions.
  • $1000 per Trainer for recertification. Sources of Strength recertification training is required every 36 months from your last attendance at a Train the Trainer Advanced Skills Session training. 

Prior to attending a Sources of Strength Advanced Skills Session, an invoice with billing details will be sent to each participant or funding entity (if you are part of a region with an existing Sources of Strength contract then the Train the Trainer fees may already be covered by that entity).

Training Timeline

The length of the Trainer certification process is dependent upon the schedule of the Trainer and the availability of local co-training opportunities. We require that Trainers complete the certification process within 24 months of attending a Train the Trainer Advanced Skills Session. However, the training can be completed in as little as a three to four weeks. Recertification is required 36 months after a Trainers last participation in a Sources of Strength Advanced Skills Session training.