7th Annual Suicide Prevention Conference
The 7th Annual Suicide Prevention Conference theme is:
"A Public Health Approach to Suicide Prevention: Recognizing and Supporting All Areas of Our Lives (based on the CDC’s Seven Suicide Prevention Strategies)."
Our Keynote Speaker, Matt Dorgan, was born and raised in York, Pennsylvania. It was after the loss of his daughter Brianna to suicide, December 3, 2020 that Matt decided that things need to change. Matt wanted to channel his grief into something positive for the community so others would not have to suffer the way Brianna suffered and so other parents would not have to suffer the grief of having to bury a child. In January 2021, Matt started putting together an awareness and fundraising event called Building Bridges for Brianna. After several weeks Matt decided we need to build the bridge between people that need help and people that can provide help. That was when Matt realized that this cannot be an event, it needs to be a movement and expanded the organization to reach as many people as he can.
Other speakers represent various agencies and resources within the Erie community and serve to build a foundation for support, intervention and suicide prevention in our own community.
Registration/Check-In : 8:00am-8:45amWelcome, Introductions & Keynote: 8:45am -10:15amBREAK: 10:15am-10:30am
Breakout Session 1 (will be selected on day of conference):11:00am - 12:00 pm
OPTION 1A : "988 and Collaboration with Law Enforcement in Erie County" :Stacey Buettner & Tracy Carlini
OPTION 1B : "Harm Reduction": Cortney Elliot, Sarah Suhan, and Shannon Brown
OPTION 1C: "Heroes Need Help Too": Robin Archer and Pensiri Nuk Kongkaw-Oden
LUNCH BUFFET (INC. WITH REGISTRATION):11:45am -12:45pmSurvivor Panel Discussion: 12:45pm -1:45pmBREAK: 1:45pm - 2:00pm
Breakout 2: 2:00pm - 3:15pm
OPTION 2a – “Suicide in a Chaotic World” - Govan MartinOPTION 2b – “We are Human, Not Broken”- Kevin Berceli, LPC, NCC, CPH, CP-TRE, CP-NLPOPTION 2c – “Parenting Skills to Improve Family Relations” - NAMIBREAK: 3:15pm - 3:30pm
Breakout Session 3: 3:30pm - 4:45pm
OPTION 3a – “Examining the Connections Between Substance Use and Risk Behaviors and Suicidal Ideations / Actions” – Dr. Amy Gallaher-Miles, DO, IBCLCOPTION 3b – “Assessing Suicidality/High Risk Among the Perinatal Population” - Diomarys Nunez, LPC
- Identify the significance of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in correlation to mental health.
- Review the significance of Polyvagal Theory in mental health counseling.
- Review the significance of the Triune Brain, Intrinsic Connectivity Network and what is know as Bottom-Up Treatment approaches to support mental wellbeing and recovery.
- Describe the connection between risky/dependent substance use and suicidal ideations/actions.
- Discuss the rate of co-occurrence of substance use disorders and mental illness conditions.
- Outline screening techniques for substance use. - Identify ways to encourage healthy behaviors in regards to substance use and refer if unhealthy behaviors are identified, in an intention to reduce suicide risk.
- Identify more effective ways to assess pregnant/peri/postnatal individuals for suicide.
- List questions they can pursue during consultation and supervision when working with the perinatal community regarding suicide prevention.
- Distinguish between assessing for suicidal thoughts/ideations among individuals in the perinatal population and the general public.
- Discuss current facts and stats related to suicide prevention in PA and US.
- Discuss Out of the Box thinking on what needs to be done in suicide prevention.
- Discuss current suicide language (non stigmatizing language) that needs to be used.
- Discuss the prevalence of medical professionals with suicidal thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
- Describe potential strategies for creating a safe space for medical professionals to share suicidal thoughts and feelings.
- Identify a “toolbox” of at least three potential ways to assist healthcare professionals who are experiencing suicidal thoughts, feelings, or behaviors.
- Review the focus on the pursuit of perfection amongst youth.
- Recognize the impact of social media on youth’s mental health.
- Discuss ways to build resiliency and strengthen connections.
- Discuss awareness and discuss the impact of 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.
- Describe co-response between Crisis and Law enforcement in Erie County.
- Discuss the community impact of the reinstatement of Erie Police Department Crisis Cars.
Stacey Buettner, LCSW
Tracy Carlini, EPD
Robin Archer, PhD, LPC, LPCC-S
Pensiri Nuk Kongkaw-Oden, PhD, NCC, LMHC
Kevin Berceli, LPC, NCC, CPH, CP-TRE, CP-NLP
Amy Gallaher-Miles, DO, IBCLC
Diomarys Nunez, LPC
Disclosure Statement: No members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships with any proprietary entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients to disclose.
In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
The University of Pittsburgh designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
A maximum of 6.0 nursing contact hours will be awarded. Participants will be able to claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the program.
As a Jointly Accredited Organization, University of Pittsburgh is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. University of Pittsburgh maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 6.0 continuing education credits.
- 6.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
- 6.00 ANCCUPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
- 6.00 ASWB
- 6.00 Attendance