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Suicide Prevention seminar at Evangel University — repeated April 5

Published on Mar 21, 2019 by Paul K. Logsdon

Dr. Charles Self and Dr. Robert Paul during a break at the Feb. 15th seminar. // PHOTO BY: Paul K. Logsdon

Springfield, Mo. — Evangel University is again offering a full-day training on suicide prevention, Friday, April 5, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The seminar, Compassion for the Suicidal Soul, was originally held on Feb. 15, but was cut short due to severe weather.

The day is designed for clinical mental health professionals, school counselors and ministerial staff, and it is sponsored by the Evangel’s Center for Compassion in partnership with the University’s Graduate Counseling Program.  Participants can earn six hours of CEUs.

More than 200 registered in advance for the sold-out event last time, most of whom made it for a portion of the training before the ice storm hit.

Participants at the previous suicide prevention seminar at Evangel. // PHOTO BY: Paul K. Logsdon

“We already gave priority to those who paid for and attended our first session, but missed out on the 2nd half when we closed early,” said Dr. Donna Washburn, director of the Center for Compassion at Evangel University.

“We have approximately 35 spots open for April 5th. This training is only $30 for community members and is free to EU faculty, staff and students,” she said.

The sessions will be held at the AG Theological Seminary of Evangel University, 1435 N. Glenstone Ave., on the north end of the Evangel campus.

Summary of the seminar

“Attendees will gain understanding of the basic suicidal risk factors, learn how to apply prevention strategies, practice assessment techniques, develop treatment and response plans, and create compassionate management strategies,” said Washburn.

EU graduates Michael Buttacy and Adam Holderread, Ozarks Teen Challenge, compare notes… or snacks. // PHOTO BY: Paul K. Logsdon

“We will also discuss how to integrate an individual with a suicidal history into their school, church, family and/or work community,” she said.

For more information contact Dr. Washburn at

Evangel University, which includes the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS), is a comprehensive Christian university committed to excellence in educating and equipping students to serve the church and society globally. Evangel serves more than 2,100 students from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries, offering 65 undergraduate majors and 19 master’s and doctoral degrees.