Training the Presenter

A Powerful Collaboration
To increase awareness of suicide prevention among the Spanish-speaking community, the Reconozca las Señales campaign developed a Spanish flip chart, El Rotafolio, that is accompanied by a two-day “train the presenter” training for county staff and community health workers or promotores. In collaboration with others, Pedroso Consulting managed the development and delivery of this effort. Pedroso Consulting is licensed to provide the El Rotafolio training to community organizations and institutions who work with Spanish-speaking communities. The following is an overview of the training.

Training the Presenter
El Rotafolio training is designed to provide staff, peers, or community members, the ability to conduct presentations on suicide prevention in Spanish to their local communities. The training is conducted entirely in Spanish and includes:
• safeTALK, a training that prepares adults, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper.
• An understanding of the Campaign and the culturally appropriate flip chart.
• Opportunity to present a portion of the flip chart and receive feedback.
• Flip chart, informational materials and resources necessary to conduct community presentations.
• Agency receives training evaluation report.

Measuring the Impact
To understand the effectiveness of the community presentations in reaching the Campaign’s goal of increasing awareness of suicide prevention, it is necessary to collect information. To this end, a survey is administered to participants that measures change in perceptions and attitudes towards suicide prevention and related resources. The survey also collects demographic information from participants. Presenters are trained to administer and return surveys for analysis. The following link summarizes findings from a research study on the effectiveness of the community presentations.

To learn more about the training, research to date, pricing or to schedule a training in your area, please contact Rosio Pedroso at: rosio@pedrosoconsulting.com, or call 408.657.6746.



Our Clients Say…
“The Rotafolio training on suicide prevention is an effective culturally responsive training that prepares participants to facilitate a conversation on a sensitive topic… (it) takes into account our cultural values and that resonates with Latino participants.”
Monterey County

“Having a high Latino population, it only makes sense to reach out to them with material that is culturally sensitive like 
El Rotafolio and in their language.”
— Sutter/Yuba County

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Our Participants Say…
“I learned things about warning signs I did not know."

“I understand that suicide is preventable.”

“I know how to listen, dialogue, validate and connect to resources.”

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The Reconozca las Señales campaign is part of statewide efforts to prevent suicide, eliminate stigma about mental illness and improve student mental health. The campaign prepares Californian’s to prevent suicide by encouraging them to know the signs, find the words to offer support to someone they are concerned about and reach out to local resources. Funding is provided by counties through the Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63) and administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) — an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities. For more information visit: www.suicideispreventable.org or elsuicidioesprevenible.org.