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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

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

Donna Layer

Donna Layer

Master Trainer Program Coordinator

Retired after 40 years of educational service in the Birdville ISD in Fort Worth, Texas, the same district she attended as a student. She held positions as a teacher of children with learning needs for 11 years, a campus counselor for 16 years and completed her career as the Director of Guidance and Counseling for the past 13 years.  She received a Bachelors Degree in Education, Special Education and Reading from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX and her Masters Degree in School Counseling and Child Development from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX. She has a son, Adam, daughter-in-law, Jen, daughter, Meagan, and the real star of the family…granddaughter Maddie.   Her passion for struggling students made Hope Squad a natural fit as she assisted in the implementation of 11 new squads in the past year and prepared for 21 new campuses to roll out in the 19-20 school year.

Laura Giles

Laura Giles

Elementary Master Trainer

Through her work as an educator and writer, Laura has seen a need for support for people who are struggling, especially children in the elementary grades. She worked as an elementary school teacher for 18 years in Alpine School District, and as a writer and columnist for The Daily Herald newspaper for 12 years. After learning about Hope4Utah and Hope Squads, Laura joined as a curriculum writer and trainer for elementary Hope Squads. She is a QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer) certified trainer and has trained school faculties, Hope Squad advisors and students in suicide prevention. Laura is an elementary Hope Squad advisor at Orem Elementary School in Orem, Utah, since 2015. Laura has written numerous articles about suicide prevention and Hope Squads. In November 2016, Laura’s piece titled, “Using Literature to Combat Bullying and Suicide” was published in The Utah English Journal. The article described how literature is used in elementary Hope Squads to facilitate discussions and promote action.

Becky Austad

Becky Austad

Jr. High 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!

Emily Cox

Emily Cox

High School Master Trainer

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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