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Become a STORM trainer

STORM Training for Trainers prepares candidates to deliver the Skills-based Training On Risk Management (STORM®) modules. It is a four-day course designed to familiarise candidates with the course and the skills to deliver it, using rehearsal and feedback.

There are two T4T courses, the STORM Adults course and the STORM Children and Young Adults course. If you have been trained to deliver one course you need to be retrained to deliver the other.

Planning a Training for Trainers session

Local areas may self organise and fund a T4T. The STORM T4T licence is purchased from the STORM Project. The best approach is for local areas to come together and run a T4T. Contact Choose Life, NHS Health Scotland, at to discuss options for building trainer capacity and for guidance on how to coordinate a successful T4T.

Interested candidates should register their interest with the local Choose Life Coordinator.

Course format

Attendance at the full four days is essential. There are two parts to the training:

  • Familiarisation: Student Facilitators receive STORM® Training
  • Facilitation: Student Facilitators consolidate their learning and practice facilitating a module.

Selection criteria

Candidates must be willing and able to meet the delivery expectations from NHS Health Scotland to remain active, Selection will take into account a candidate's skills and contribution to the trainer pool, both locally and nationally.

Becoming a STORM trainer requires dedication, focus and time. Signifcant time is needed to prepare, especially as you become familar with the materials.

Each application must be supported by a sponsor. The sponsor is usually the local Choose Life Coordinator or the candidate's line manager. The application and sponsor form is approved by the local Choose Life Coordinator.

To become a STORM® trainer, it is highly recommended that you have:

  • completed a two day STORM® training
  • an open mind about suicide and the ability to talk openly about the subject
  • familiarity with Choose Life and local Choose Life activities
  • experience of delivering training, using Powerpoint, facilitation skills and if possible role rehearsal
  • support from your employer for ongoing delivery after achieving registered status.

How to apply to become a STORM® trainer

First, ensure you have read:

Interested candidates should register their interest with the local Choose Life Coordinator.

After the Training for Trainers

Having successfully completed the T4T, you will become a Provisional STORM Trainer. Once you have delivered three trainings within the first year you will become fully registered. In Scotland, trainers are expected to deliver three trainings per year on an ongoing basis to keep their skills up to date.

Following the T4T, support is provided by the mentors and the Choose Life national training support team.

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