ECHO

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ECHO is an ongoing program for you to interact with peers from other institutions. Each includes a presentation on campus suicide prevention or wellness promotion and a group discussion of a case study.

What’s the “ECHO” name about? Project ECHO is a global initiative based at UNM that creates a continuous loop of learning, mentoring, and peer support across many topics. Our ECHO focuses on campus suicide prevention. Check out stories from other ECHOs here.

Fall 2024 Schedule

Virtual Learning Sessions are on Tuesdays from 12:00-1:00 PM (Eastern). Eating during each is encouraged! Please register (you only need to do this once) to receive updates about how to join us via email throughout the semester.

  • September 17: Marcus Alert System
  • October 1: TBD
  • October 15: TBD
  • October 29: TBD
  • November 12: TBD
  • December 3: TBD

Fall Topics: we’re still working through the schedule, but additional topics tentatively include neurodiversity, BIPOC, artificial intelligence, rural communities, and substance abuse.

Continuing Education Credits (optional)

CE credits are awarded by JMU at the end of each semester.

You can earn 5 or 6 hours towards CE credit for your participation in our ECHO sessions. In order to receive credit for attending, you must be an active participant in at least four (4) sessions across the semester (e.g., presenting a case, asking questions, making suggestions, and sharing insights with other participants).

You must be present for at least 90% of each session (including the didactic, case presentations, and discussion) to receive credit for that day’s session. Additionally, you must complete a survey/evaluation after each session.

To earn the additional hour of credit (for 6 hours total), you must present either a case for group discussion or volunteer to help present one of the didactics.

Attendance at more than four sessions is highly encouraged; however, we are unable to offer additional hours of CE credit for attending more sessions this semester. Likewise, we cannot grant hours towards CE credits for attending less than the minimum of four sessions (though we encourage you to attend whatever sessions you are able to attend).

Other Details:

Description: Education about comprehensive suicide prevention/intervention and mental health promotion in higher education, focusing on strategic planning, methods used, research findings, ethics and legal expectations, and other topics of interest to participants. Approximately half of workshop time will be spent in case-based learning, with participants sharing specific challenges faced in doing the work on their campus and seeking input from all workshop participants.

Attendance: Participants may choose which sessions to attend, based on their interests and availability.

Confidentiality, FERPA, HIPAA, and Protected Health Information: All participants are expected to keep what’s said in ECHO confidential. In all didactics, case presentations, and discussions, PHI and identifying information should be removed, and communications should be done in compliance with FERPA and HIPAA guidelines. The facilitators will address any violations of this policy directly, and repeated offenses may result in the participant being asked to leave the group.  

Participants with Disabilities: If you have a disability and require accommodations, please contact us to discuss your learning needs.

Facilitators: Dr. Danette Gibbs (gibbsdc@jmu.edu, 540-568-5937), Dr. Jane Wiggins (wigginjr@jmu.edu), Tara Nunley, LPC (nunleyts@jmu.edu)

Technical Support: Scott Pruett (pruettsk@jmu.edu)