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Virtual Suicide Prevention Webinars

Provided by

The GLS Youth Suicide Prevention Grant Team

In Collaboration with

The COVID-19 Emergency Response Suicide Prevention
and National Strategy for Suicide Prevention Grant Teams

Open to ALL Community Providers Across Pennsylvania.

All trainings take place on Wednesday afternoons

Please use the associated links below to register. Zoom links will be sent out upon registration.

Suicide Risk Assessment for Mental Health Professionals

Date: October 28 from 12-1pm

Presenter: Dr. Matthew Wintersteen, Thomas Jefferson University
Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Director of Training and Higher Education Efforts

Training Details: In this training, attendees learn how to identify youth that may be at risk for suicide, through strategies including conducting a clinical interview, including parents, and stratifying risk. Additional recommendations for collecting valid data as part of a risk assessment are provided. This training is appropriate for school mental health professionals, crisis workers, and therapists.

Registration: For more information and to register please click here. This training is open to the first 300 registrants.

 

Safety Planning for Mental Health Professionals

Date: November 4 from 12-1pm

Presenter: Dr. Matthew Wintersteen, Thomas Jefferson University
Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Director of Training and Higher Education Efforts

Training Details: This training will provide an overview of safety planning, a brief clinical intervention that empowers youth to recognize and utilize their own strengths and resources to manage periods of rumination and contemplation of suicide behavior. The approach was originally developed within the Veterans Administration system and has since been adapted for work outside of the VA and with youth and families. This intervention is based on a cognitive-behavioral approach and can be implemented by mental health providers across a range of settings. Attendees will learn the components of a safety plan, how to develop the plan, and how to include parents in the process.

Registration: For more information and to register please click here. This training is open to the first 300 registrants.

Postvention for Mental Health Professionals

Date: November 18 from 11-12:30 pm

Presenters: Paula McCommons, Ed.D
Director, STAR-Center Outreach and Behavioral Health Liaison for Allegheny County Student Assistance Program
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital

Perri Rosen, PhD, NCSP
Consulting Psychologist, Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Training Details: This training provides an overview of the rationale and recommendations for conducting postvention in schools after a tragic loss. Attendees will learn the essential components of a postvention response and the various responsibilities of postvention team members. Throughout the training, scenarios will be utilized to illustrate various postvention components, and sample templates will be shared. The training concludes with a discussion of self-care strategies and an overview of statewide and national mental health resources to best support students, staff, families, and the community.

Registration: For more information and to register please click here. This training is open to the first 300 registrants.

Family Engagement for Mental Health Professionals

Date: December 2 from 12-1pm

Presenter: Dr. Guy Diamond, Drexel University
Director of Family Intervention Science and Couple and Family Therapy PhD Program

Training Details: This training aims to help therapists engage parents into the treatment process of family intervention. Whether the family conflicts are contributing to the depression or inhibiting the family from serving as a resource to the youth, this intervention aims to strengthen parents’ competency and commitment to the treatment process, regardless of what kind of treatment is being offered. This training focuses on the first session of therapy with a goal of developing treatment goals that motivate all family members to be engaged in treatment and contribute to the responsibility for change. The workshop provides specific skills to achieve this goal

Registration: For more information and to register please click here. This training is open to the first 300 registrants.

Means Restriction for Mental Health Professionals

Date: December 16 from 12-1pm

Presenter: Dr. Matthew Wintersteen, Thomas Jefferson University
Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Director of Training and Higher Education Efforts

Training Details: Restricting access to lethal means during times of suicidal crises has been repeated shown to reduce the likelihood of suicide attempts and death. The purpose of this training is to examine means restriction from both a public health and clinical perspective. Strategies to effectively reduce access will be discussed. Finally, skills to approach the topic of lethal means restriction with patients and their families will be covered, with the goal to assist those most at risk for suicide to reduce the likelihood of suicide attempts and death.

Registration: For more information and to register please click here. This training is open to the first 300 registrants.