What Is This Course?
This is a 2 hour course is for learning how to help ourselves and others survive difficult times. This class offers simple ways to manage loneliness, stress, relationships and mental health and substance-use struggles (including suicidal thoughts). Micro-interventions (including coping tools called DBT Skills) are small steps you can do in 5 minutes or less to improve your health or support others.
Become an Ambassador
Complete of this course well, and you have done the first step in becoming a NowMattersNow.org Ambassador. You absolutely do not have to want to become an Ambassador to take the course. Learn more about Ambassadors here.
Training Schedule & Requirements
The course takes at minimum a week to complete and can not be completed in one sitting. This is so you have time to practice the Micro-Interventions.
- "Public" comments
- Practice in your daily life
- Feedback on course
When you finish all steps, you will receive a Course Certificate.
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Who Should Join?
Those who do or have struggled with mental health and substances, friends and family, other supporters or those wanting to learn DBT Skills are welcome to take the course. Healthcare service providers can take this course or the more clinically oriented version found here. This version includes the option of certified continuing education.
At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
- Name the Four Types of Micro-Interventions
- Tell 3 DBT Skills apart
- Explain why “storytelling” is important
- Use Do It Now to learn and teach new ways to cope
- Remember what makes up a Caring Contacts
- Describe the Stress Model
- Be better at balancing hope and change (Linking Statements)
- Teach the Stop, Drop, and Roll for emotional fires
Quality Improvement and Research
As part of this course your data will be used to make course improvements. Your de-identified data may be used for research purposes (i.e. to evaluate the impact of the training). Data Examples: surveys results, engagement and participation descriptives, and demographic information
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Frequently Asked Questions
Dr. Ursula Whiteside is a licensed clinical psychologist, CEO of NowMattersNow.org and Clinical Faculty at the University of Washington. As a researcher, she has been awarded grants from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. NowMattersNow.org is a website she developed with colleagues that includes skills for managing suicidal thoughts based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and paired with Lived Experience stories.
Clinically, she began her training with Dr. Marsha Linehan in 1999 and later served as a DBT-adherent research therapist on a NIMH-funded clinical trial led by Dr. Linehan. Dr. Whiteside is a group and individual certified DBT clinician. Now, she treats high-risk suicidal clients in her small private practice in Seattle using DBT and caring contacts.
Dr. Whiteside is national faculty for the Zero Suicide initiative, a practical approach to suicide prevention in health care and behavioral healthcare systems. This program was recently described by NPR on a segment titled “What Happens If You Try to Prevent Every Single Suicide?” Dr. Whiteside serves on the faculty of the National Action Alliance Zero Suicide Academy. She is also a founding board member of United Suicide Survivors International.
As a person with Lived Experience, she strives to decrease the gap between "us and them" and to ensure that the voices of those who have been there are included in all relevant conversations: nothing about us without us.