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Thanks for Attending the 2022 Conference

Presented by Riverside Trauma Center & MindWise Innovations

Suicide prevention is more than building awareness and understanding - or we know it should be. This year’s virtual conference will discuss practical strategies for what we can be doing in our schools, workplaces, healthcare, and behavioral health settings to directly address and positively influence a safer, more resilient future.

The event will offer keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and panel discussions that range from the basics of suicide prevention in the workplace to clinical topics such as how to shape future prevention strategies through stories of hope and lived experience. Speakers will also touch on critical topics like addressing social justice and equity issues in suicide prevention, the role of technology, and the future of community mental health. 

Read on to see the full agenda, how to register, information on continuing education, and a list of frequently asked questions. We'll also be continuously adding more information on our growing lineup of speakers. 

 

Speakers

Larry-BerkowitzV2
Larry Berkowitz, Ed.D.
Director and Co-Founder, Riverside Trauma Center
Lisa-DesaiV2
Lisa Desai, Psy.D.
Chief Behavioral Health Officer, MindWise Innovations
Rory-OConnorV2
Rory O'Connor, PhD FAcSS
Professor of Health Psychology, University of Glasgow and President of the International Association for Suicide Prevention
Diane-PatrickV3
Diane Patrick
Senior Counsel, Ropes & Gray LLP 
Arielle
Arielle H. Sheftall, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator, Nationwide Children's Hospital in the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research
Pata
Pata Suyemoto, Ph.D.
Feminist Scholar, Writer, Educator, Diversity Trainer, Mental Health Activist
Vic
Vic Armstrong, MSW
Deputy Secretary for Health Equity, Chief Health Equity Officer for the NC Department of Health and Human Services 
MichelleV2
Michelle Walker, CCIFP, CRIS, SPHR
VP of Finance & Administration, SSC Underground and Founder, Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention
Cheryl
Cheryl Morrison Deutsch
President & CEO, Zillion
Gigi
Gigi Sagansky
Host, Driven Minds Podcast
YsabelV2
Ysabel Garcia, MPH
Estoy Aqui LLC
+Many More

 

Agenda

9:00 - 9:15 AM

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9:15 - 10:45 AM

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Morning Keynote with Vic Armstrong, MSW

Mental Health and Suicide in Historically Marginalized Communities: Perception vs Reality

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Stigma around mental illness continues to be one of the leading taboos in the African American community. Whether it’s depression, anxiety, or worst-case scenario, suicide, there is a longstanding belief in the African American community that the impact of these taboo subjects is the problem of “the other.”

Though communities of color, because of socioeconomic challenges, may be at higher risk for poor mental health, there is a significant gap in accessing mental health resources, by Blacks as compared to Whites.

As a result of stigma, socioeconomic challenges, and the added stressors of systemic racism and lack of access to culturally competent mental health resources, mental health challenges continue to compound and suicide rates continue to rise, in the African American community.

In this session Victor Armstrong will discuss the historic challenges of African Americans as it pertains to mental wellness and suicide, while also discussing the impact of implicit bias and provider perception on the delivery of behavioral healthcare.

 

Vic Armstrong, MSW, Deputy Secretary for Health Equity, Chief Health Equity Officer for the NC Department of Health and Human Services 


10:45 - 11:00 AM

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Break


11:00 - 12:00 PM

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Breakout Discussion >  for Community/Clinical Professionals

Examining Suicidal Behavior and Implementing Suicide Prevention in Communities of Color

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During this presentation, Dr. Sheftall will describe the epidemiology of youth suicide providing current trends in the United States.

Then, she will provide specific evidence concerning the increase of suicide and suicidal behavior in Black youth. Finally, she will discuss opportunities for suicide prevention for Black youth and their families.  

 

Dr. Arielle Sheftall, Principal Investigator, Nationwide Children's Hospital

Breakout Discussion >  for Workplaces

10 Reasons Why Supporting Behavioral Health in the Workplace is a Trend That's Here to Stay

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While the global pandemic surfaced mental health needs in unprecedented ways, behavioral health has impacted the workplace for decades. Mental health and substance use show up through absenteeism, presenteeism, low morale, and escalating healthcare costs. Employers are wise to provide a culture of care and sustainable behavioral health resources for their employees, for the good of the current and future workforce.

This presentation will review ten priority reasons to address behavioral health in the workplace and action steps to get the process moving.

 

Dr. Lisa Desai, Psy.D., Chief Behavioral Health Officer, MindWise Innovations


12:00 - 12:30 PM

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Lunch Break


12:30 - 2:00 PM

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Panel Discussion >  for Community/Clinical Professionals

Shaping Prevention Strategies Through Stories of Hope and Lived Experience 

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Learn from those who have been there. Join our diverse panel of suicide prevention advocates who will share how their journeys through significant personal challenges inform their hope for future suicide prevention strategies. What strategies made an impact in our panelists’ lives and what strategies were missing? How do their experiences shape their vision for prevention and intervention in the future?

These first-person narratives of strength and resilience will help us to further facilitate those same characteristics in the people we work with every day.

 

Waheeda Saif, LMHC, Sr. Program Coordinator, Riverside Trauma Center

Pata Suyemoto, PhD., Writer, Mental Health Activist 

Ysabel Garcia, MPH, Estoy Aqui

The NAN Project

Panel Discussion >  for Workplaces

Building Behavioral Health Resources: Learning from Leaders Who've Been There

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This panel discussion will connect the real-life experiences of individuals with mental health conditions to workplace leaders who are actively creating more psychologically safe environments.

The panelists will discuss how prioritizing mental health in the workplace is critical not only to employee safety and well-being, but also to the development of high performing teams and the future of work.

Attendees will leave with actionable steps to proactively address behavioral health and provide appropriate resources to employees and leadership teams.

 

Dr. Lisa Desai, Psy.D., Chief Behavioral Health Officer, MindWise Innovations

Diane Patrick, JD, Senior Counsel, Ropes & Gray LLP 

Gigi Sagansky, Host of Driven Minds

Cheryl Morrison Deutsch, CEO, Zillion 

Michelle Walker, CCIFP, SPHR, Founding Chair, CIASP


2:00 - 2:15 PM

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Break


2:15 - 3:30 PM

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Afternoon Keynote with Rory O'Connor, PhD FAcSS 

When It Is Darkest:                          Understanding Suicide Risk

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In this presentation, Rory O'Connor, PhDFAcSS will draw from his new book When It Is Darkest: Why People Die by Suicide and What We Can Do To Prevent It (Vermilion, 2021). His aim in the book is to get to the heart of this most tragic of human outcomes, challenging myths and misunderstandings as well as bringing together the personal and the professional.

Suicide and self-harm are major public health concerns with complex aetiologies which encompass a multifaceted array of risk and protective factors. In this presentation, he will dispel some of the myths associated with suicide as well as describe the Integrated Motivational–Volitional (IMV) Model of Suicidal Behaviour (O’Connor & Kirtley, 2018). The IMV model outlines the pathways to the emergence of suicidal ideation and the transition from suicidal thoughts to acts of suicide. This tripartite model maps the relationship between background factors and trigger events, and the development of suicidal ideation/intent through to suicidal behaviour. Crucially, the IMV model identifies clinical targets for treatment. As he has done in When It Is Darkest, he will present an overview of some of his clinical, experimental and intervention studies to illustrate how psychological, physiological and social factors increase suicide risk and what we all can do to tackle suicide.

He will also highlight the psychological evidence of what works to prevent suicidal behaviour. In addition, he will outline some other ongoing work on suicide prevention research as well as illustrating the opportunities to mitigate the risk of the longer term impacts of COVID-19 on suicide risk. The wider clinical implications for the prevention of suicide will also be discussed.

 

Rory O'Connor, PhD FAcSS, Professor of Health Psychology, University of Glasgow and President of the International Association for Suicide Prevention


3:30 - 4:00 PM

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Closing Remarks & Discussion 

 

 

 

Registration Information

Registration for this year's conference is now closed.

Pre-registration for "Navigating Suicide Prevention: How to Influence a New Era for Workplaces and Communities" is required. 

To pay by check or purchase order, please select your preferred method of payment at the checkout. For any additional registration questions, please review the FAQ section on this page or feel free to email us

 

The registration deadline for this event is January 24, 2022.

*Refunds are not available.

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Continuing Education

This training is approved for 6 hours of continuing education for Psychologists and Counselors.

APA Approved Sponsor

Riverside Community Care is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor education for Psychologists. Riverside Community Care maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

NBCC  Approved Continuing Education Provider

Riverside Trauma Center has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6992. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  Riverside Trauma Center is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Applications for 6 hours of continuing education credits will be submitted for Social Workers, LMFTs, and Nurses in MA. Please email us for the status of the CE accreditation.

100% attendance will be required to obtain full CE credit. No partial credit can be given. Attendance is confirmed via Zoom attendance reporting. At the conclusion of the training, participants must also complete an evaluation in order to receive CE Certificates. For social workers in MA only, you will be given a secret code throughout the training. You must provide this secret code when completing the CE evaluation in order to qualify for CEs. Eligible participants will receive CE Certificates via email within 30 days following the conclusion of the conference. There is no commercial support or conflict of interest known for programs/instructors listed in this training. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I get my confirmation email?

You will receive a confirmation of your purchase within 2 days. This will include information on how to enter the conference and stay up to date on the latest speaker and session additions.

 

Can I pay by check or purchase order?

If you would like to register and pay by check or purchase order, please select your preferred method of payment at checkout. Click here to register.

 

Do you offer scholarships or registration discounts?

Scholarships and registration discounts are not currently available for this event. 

 

How do I request accommodations?

If you require special accommodations, please email Jenny Huynh

 

Will the event be recorded and available for viewing later?

Yes, conference sessions will be recorded and registered attendees may access the recordings through February 28, 2022.*

*Exceptions may apply based on individual speaker preferences.

 

 

Will presentation slides be provided to attendees after the event?

Yes, presentation slides will be shared with registered attendees after the event.*

*Exceptions may apply based on individual speaker preferences.

What do I need to do to get CE credit?

If you are requesting CEU credits, your Zoom display name during the event must match exactly with the name you would like on your CEU certificate. We will need to see your name in Zoom to confirm attendance.

After the event, you will be emailed a survey to provide your CEU discipline information. You must fill out this survey to get CEU credits.

After the conference, when will I get my CEU certificate?

Eligible participants will receive CE Certificates via email 30 days following the conclusion of the event.

 

Do you offer CE for other professional disciplines?

Riverside Community Care is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor education for Psychologists. We also offer CEs through the National Board of Certified Counselors, the National Association of Social Work MA Chapter, Massachusetts Association for Marriage & Family Therapy, and the MA Board of Registration in Nursing. Please check with your professional licensing board to confirm whether they will accept CEs from any of these organizations. Most will accept CEs from APA.

 

What is your grievance policy?

Riverside Community Care (Riverside) is fully committed to conducting all Continuing Education activities for which Social Work CE’s are awarded in strict conformance with the ACE Requirements. Riverside will comply with all legal and ethical responsibilities to be non-discriminatory in promotional activities, program content, and in the treatment of program participants. The monitoring and assessment of compliance with these standards will be the responsibility of the Lead LICSW Consultant (SW CE Chair), and the Training Committee Chair in consultation with the members of the Riverside Training Committee, the Riverside Social Work Continuing Education Committee, and the Riverside Director of Quality Management.

While Riverside goes to great lengths to assure fair treatment for all participants and attempts to anticipate problems, there will be occasional issues which come to the attention of the continuing education staff which require intervention and/or action on the part of the staff or an officer of Riverside. This procedural description serves as a guideline for handling such grievances.

When a participant, either orally or in written format, files a grievance or expects action on the complaint, the following actions will be taken.

1. If the grievance concerns a speaker, the content presented by the speaker, or the style of presentation, the individual filing the grievance will be asked to put his/her comments in written format. The SW CE Chair will then pass on the comments to the speaker, assuring the confidentiality of the grieved individual.

2. If the grievance concerns a workshop offering, its content, level of presentation, or the facilities in which the workshop was offered, the SW CE Chair and the Director of Training will mediate and will be the final arbitrators. If the participant requests action, the SW CE Chair and the Director of Training and Professional Development will:

  1. attempt to move the participant to another workshop or
  2. provide a credit for a subsequent workshop or
  3. provide a partial or full refund of the workshop fee.

Actions 2b and 2c will require a written note, documenting the grievance, for record keeping purposes. The note need not be signed by the grieved individual.

3. If the grievance concerns the lack of provision of appropriate accommodations requested by persons with disabilities, the SW CE Chair and the Director of Training will mediate and will be the final arbitrators. If the participant requests action, the SW CE Chair and the Director of Training and Professional Development will:

  1. attempt to move the participant to another workshop or
  2. provide a credit for a subsequent workshop or
  3. provide a partial or full refund of the workshop fee.

Actions 3b and 3c will require a written note, documenting the grievance, for record keeping purposes. The note need not be signed by the grieved individual.

4. If the grievance concerns Riverside’s CE program, in a specific regard, the SW CE Chair will attempt to arbitrate.

Please contact Jenny Huynh or Helen Boyle to submit a complaint or if you have additional questions.

 

Who should I contact if I need help?

During the event, we'll have a talented team of tech-support experts on each conference session. You can chat them directly during the session - look for "Tech Support" in their Zoom names.

If you have questions at any time, email us at nscherr@mindwise.org