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Hope Squad Training

Receive training from experienced Hope Squad Advisors.

QPR Training

QPR training is available in a variety of settings including at your location or in Provo, Utah. For more information contact Hope Squad or go to https://www.qprinstitute.com/

Hope Squad Advisor Training

Your site (training provided at a location of your choice)

A one-day training course provided by an experienced Hope Squad Master Trainer where participants will receive hands-on training on how to organize a Hope Squad. Training will include a comprehensive review of the curriculum materials.

Provo, Utah

Hope Squad will provide a two-day training for new and experienced advisors.

Day one includes hands-on training by an experienced Hope Squad advisor on how to organize a Hope Squad and review of the curriculum.

Day two provides opportunities to visit schools with Hope Squads to observe how training meetings are organized. Time will also be provided for questions and answers from advisors and students.

Community Suicide Prevention Training

Success of the Hope Squad Program is built upon the importance of community support and a partnership with the local mental health agency. This training will provide an overview of implementing the Circles4Hope community suicide prevention, intervention and postvention model.

Dixie High School Hope Squad

Delta High School Hope Squad

Meet Our Hope Squad Master Trainers

Troy Humphries

Troy Humphries

Master Trainer

Troy Humphries is currently a school counselor at Lehi High School. In 2013 he started HOPE Squad and has been the lead advisor ever since. He earned his Masters of Science in Psychology w/ emphasis in School Counseling from Utah State University in 2013. He decided to pursue that field of study after working extensively with adolescents in the mental health field in many different capacities during the fourteen years prior to graduation. Troy started his educational career at Utah Valley University earning his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Behavioral Science w/ emphasis in Psychology in 2004. Throughout his professional career, Troy has developed a passion for student wellness and suicide prevention.

Kent Bills

Kent Bills

Master Trainer

Kent Bills earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from BYU and a Masters degree in Counseling from University of Wisconsin-Stout. He has 30 years of professional experience in military, business and education settings. His roles have included: US Army Officer; Chaplain Air Force Reserve; Director, Human Resources; Director, Leader and Executive Development and Director, Organizational Effectiveness. With his wife Anne, he started and ran a successful educational enrichment company. He currently works as a school counselor and adjunct professor of school counseling. He assisted in starting the Hope Squad at Lehi High School 2 years ago and serves as a lead advisor. He has also consulted with other high schools in starting and enhancing their Hope Squads. Kent is married and he and his wife Anne are the parents of 6 children. They reside in Saratoga Springs, Utah.

Christy Hutchinson

Christy Hutchinson

Master Trainer

Christy is a secondary school counselor who has been given the privilege to work as the Prevention Coordinator in Davis School. After her Bachelors in Psychology and Art History from Weber State University, Christy worked with youth and adult sex offenders for two years. She completed her degree in Educational Counseling from University of Phoenix, and secured a counseling position at Sunset Junior High for 10 years. Christy sought to further her education by returning to U of P for a certificate in Administration, and fortunately, was given an opportunity to work with educators and students across the district in DSD Student Services. Over the past two years, Christy has enjoyed her time with the HOPE Squads providing training and support and serving as Co-chair for the District Crisis Team. Christy currently trains educators and community members in Youth Mental Health First Aid, Connect Postvention, and QPR and looks forward to furthering her ability to help others thrive during their life journey.

Becky Austad

Becky Austad

Master Trainer

As a social worker for 20 years at Intermountain Health Care, Becky has worked with families whose lives have been touched by suicide and mental illness. In 2010, a close family member attempted suicide and Becky realized how important suicide prevention and education is, and determined to get involved with these efforts. As a member of the NuHope suicide prevention task force, she has taught, trained and participated in several community, church, and school based suicide prevention efforts throughout the Wasatch Front. As a suicide prevention educator, Becky has taught suicide prevention curriculum, QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer) to High School and Junior High School students in Weber and Davis County. In 2014, Hill Air Force Base nominated Becky as the “Home Town Hero” for her work in suicide prevention; she was honored by taking a Flight with the THUNDERBIRDS!

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The Hope Squad has changed the culture of our school to one where everyone looks out for one another and lets adults know when they see or hear something that concerns them.

Springville Junior High

At this point, I think it is the most effective program available to us, the school and students are so used to it by now it’s almost a legacy. Students count on it–they would be more upset if we changed programs.

Dixon Middle School

Kids this age are marvelous at listening to their friends but they get overwhelmed and don’t know how to carry it after a while. So if you have a program that addresses what to do and how to get help sooner perhaps break cycles sooner. I think peers are very relevant.

Hillside Middle School

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