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Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Location: Martin's West
6817 Dogwood Rd
Balto. MD 21244
Conference Fee - $95

8:00 - 9:00
Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:15
Opening Remarks and Introduction

Barbara J. Bazron, PhD, Deputy Secretary & Executive Director
Behavioral Health Administration

Barry Page, Director, Early Intervention & Wellness Services
Office of Health Promotion & Prevention
Behavioral Health Administration

9:15 - 9:35

National Suicide Prevention Perspective/Update
Richard McKeon, PhD, MPH, Chief for the Suicide Prevention Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

9:35 - 10:50

Keynote Speaker: David A. Jobes, PhD, ABPP, Associate Director of Clinical Training

Department of Psychology, The Catholic University of America

10:50 - 11:00

11:00 - 12:15
Workshop Session I

12:15 - 1:15

1:30 - 2:45
Workshop Session II

2:45 - 3:00

3:00 - 4:15
Workshop Session III

(Evaluation and CEU/COAs) 

Maryland’s Twenty-Ninth Annual Suicide Prevention Conference

(registration is closed)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Session I | Session II | Session III

11:00-12:15 - Session I

  1. ​LGBTQ and Suicide
    Katie Dant, LCSW-C, Assistant Director of Crisis Services and Maggie McCleary, Crisis Counselor, Grassroots Crisis Intervention
    This workshop will focus on the LGBTQ population and the increased risk for suicide, as well as how to better support these individuals and their loved ones in accessing care and treatment.  This workshop also addresses the differences in acceptance and tolerance, the history and evolution of language in the LGBTQ community, sexuality issues and gender specific issues, and their impacts on mental health.
  2. Music: The Sound of Recovery
    Andy Goldenson, CPRS, CNPM, CEO and Sabrina Schram, CPRS, COO, Instruments of Healing Inc.
    This interactive hands-on workshop demonstrates firsthand how music can be used as an effective tool in recovery. Attendees are given the opportunity to play a variety of instruments, sing as a group and experience the joy and wellness music can bring.
  3. Suicide Postvention
    Amanda Ganoe, MS, Suicide Pre/Postvention Coordinator, Grassroots Crisis Intervention
    This workshop engages the audience in a conversation about the aftermath of a suicide and its impact on families, schools and the general community. The workshop will discuss best practices and evidence-based policies and trainings including Mental Health First Aid and Lauryn’s Law, which requires school counselors undergo regular training to recognize signs of distress.
  4. Intervention with Suicidal Homeless Men
    Edgar K. Wiggins, MHS, Executive Director, Baltimore Crisis Response, Inc. 
    It has long been recognized that males have a significantly higher suicide rate than females. This workshop will discuss outreach, engagement and intervention strategies used to work with homeless males who are in a suicidal crisis.
  5. Bullying and Youth Suicide: Grace’s Law and the Media
    Shenetta Malika, MS, Founding President and Executive Director Empowerment Essence
    This workshop will explore how the Misuse of Interactive Computer Service (Grace’s Law) law, policies and other strategies are used to combat cyberbullying and youth suicide.  Grace’s Law, passed in April of 2013, prohibits anyone from using electronic media (computers, tablets, phones, etc.) to maliciously engage in conduct that inflicts serious emotional distress on a minor and/or places that minor in reasonable fear of death or serious bodily injury. 

Session I | Session II | Session III

​1:30-2:45 - Sessi​on II

  1. Adverse Childhood Experiences: Understanding the Biology of Trauma to Create Context for Hope
    Anne Soule, MA, Director, Family Support Services, Mental Health Association and Lynn Davis, MS, NCC, Director, Child Advocacy Center, Frederick County
    Adverse childhood experiences are incredibly common and have lifelong implications for social, emotional and behavioral health. Recent research on the prevalence and outcomes of adverse childhood experiences including neglect, abuse and other exposures to violence will be presented.  Impacts on brain development will be highlighted as well as implications for a multidisciplinary response to recognizing and responding to survivors.
  2. Identifying Patients at risk for Suicide in the Emergency Department
    Mary Cwik, PhD, Associate Director, Center for American Indian Health, Associate Scientist, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
    This workshop will address the role of Emergency Departments in the screening of patients for suicide.  Risk assessment and follow-up will also be discussed.
  3. Approaches to Suicide Prevention on Higher Education Campuses
    Sharon Hoover, PhD, Associate Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Maryland; Charon Burda, DNP, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP, Assistant Professor, Specialty Director, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, University of Maryland School of Nursing; Jay (John) J. Coughlin III, PsyD, Director, Counseling and Career Services Academic/Student Support and Career Services, The Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall;  Ralph Piper, PhD, Assistant Director and Senior Clinical Supervisor, Morgan state University and Sarah Wilson, MSW, MPH, CHES, Health and Wellness Coordinator, University Health Center, University of Maryland College Park
    This workshop will discuss the problem of suicide on college campuses and the strategies used to address the problem including online interactive training.  Four different types of campuses will be represented: community college, historically black college, large university, and professional school.  Representatives from these campuses will discuss specific strategies used on their campuses.
  4. Workforce Development and Suicide Prevention Training
    Deborah Nelson, PhD, NCSP, Section Chief, School Safety and Climate, Specialist, School Psychological Services; Cynthia A. Schulmeyer, PhD, NCSP, Coordinator, School Psychology, Section 504 and Instructional Intervention and Jennifer Treger, MS, Director, Mental Health First Aid® Maryland
    This workshop will discuss suicide prevention strategies for educators and other school-based staff.  There will be an overview about suicide in K-12 populations.  The discussion will include Kognito (an online at-risk training), Youth Mental Health First Aid, and the implementation of Lauryn’s Law.​

Session I | Session II | Session III

3:00 - 4:15 - Session III

  1. Community Approaches to Suicide Prevention: The Use of Hotlines and other Innovative Strategies
    Seth Knobel, LCSW-C, Director, Crisis Intervention and Outreach Services; Tina Field, Senior Counselor, Grassroot Crisis Intervention Center and Linda Fauntleroy, Director, Hotline Services at Baltimore Crisis Response, Inc. (BCRI)
    The workshop will discuss best practices for managing and working for a crisis hotline. Panelists will identify innovative strategies to help reduce suicide in our communities.
  2. Choosing Life: Community Voices from Suicide Attempts
    Shenetta Malkia, MS, Founder, President and Executive Director and Sandra Chaney, Empowerment Essence
    Suicide has no boundaries, it happens in all walks of life.  Survivors will share their personal stories about how they are moving forward making a positive difference.  Panelists will identify resources and give personal testimonies of life after an attempt and also how not to get stuck in your dark place.
  3. The Opioid Overdose Epidemic: Current Trends & Challenges
    Robert Tousey, JD, Chair, Governor’s Commission on Suicide Prevention, Paul Nestadt, MD, Johns Hopkins Medical Institution and Kirsten Forseth, MPH, Overdose Prevention Policy Analyst, Behavior Health Administration
    Drug overdoses have become a serious public health challenge in Maryland and across the country. In Maryland, heroin and fentanyl-related overdose deaths has risen steadily since 2010. Many of those who overdosed, initially abused prescription painkillers and other opioids and as it has become more difficult and expensive to obtain prescription opioids, people have switched to cheaper and more accessible heroin and fentanyl. This workshop will discuss the possible links between opioid use and suicidal behaviors.
  4. Addressing Suicide Risk for Veterans and Their Families
    David Galloway Director, Maryland’s Commitment to Veterans, Maryland Department of Health, Danny Farrar, CEO & Founder, Soldierfit and Dana Hendrickson, MA, Director, Outreach and Advocacy, Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs​
    Panelists will discuss how military culture directly relates to suicidality, as well as programs and resources devoted to ending veteran suicide.  This discussion will include resources and programs from state agencies, non-profits and the Maryland National Guard.  

Session I | Session II | Session III​​​