Beyond the Basics Conference Materials 2013

March 21, 2013

Doubletree by Hilton, South Portland, Maine

 


 

Description

 

The Beyond the Basics conference was a “best practice” conference offering participants in-depth and progressive information and the latest research in the field of suicide and suicide prevention. The conference was designed for an adult audience that had basic training and knowledge in suicide and suicide prevention and wished to expand their knowledge and ability to engage in suicide prevention in Maine.

 

The 2013 theme, “Taking Science into Practice: Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention,” guided a program of the most up-to-date research on suicidology and evidence-based tools and provided participants with information to use in everyday practical applications.

 

The conference featured several national leading experts on suicide assessment and prevention. 

 

Beyond the Basics conference brochure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click on the image above to view the event brochure. 

 

Agenda

 

Adolescents at Risk for Suicide: Early Recognition and Intervention
Cheryl King, Ph.D., ABPP
Dr. King’s remarks provided an up-to-date overview of suicide risk factors among adolescents, highlighting several excellent targets for prevention and early intervention.
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Bringing Suicide Prevention into Primary Care 
Matthew Wintersteen, Ph.D.
Primary care is well-positioned to screen for suicide risk, provide brief interventions, and triage to specialty mental health services. The focus of this session was on describing a successful model of youth suicide prevention in rural primary care practices in northeastern Pennsylvania. The model has several objectives, including training, routine screening, and integration of mental health services. While the Pennsylvania Model focuses on youth, it is also applicable to older patient populations.
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On the Road to Suicide Prevention-Innovation in Risk Assessment: Improving Care Delivery and Redirecting Scarce Resources
Kelly Posner, Ph.D.
Prevention depends upon appropriate identification and screening. Dr. Posner discussed a gold-standard, innovative suicide risk screening tool. Numerous states, countries, and branches of the military have moved toward system-wide implementation. Due to its demonstrated ability to predict suicidal behavior and guidance for next steps (e.g., triggering referrals to mental health professionals), this screening tool positively impacts service utilization through decreasing unnecessary interventions, redirecting scarce resources, and expediting care delivery to those at highest risk. Adopted by the CDC, this screen is delivered by all gatekeepers, enabling blanket coverage and linking of systems, fostering prevention.
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Breakout Sessions A

 

Screening for Youth Suicide Risk in Emergency Medical Settings 
Cheryl King, Ph.D., ABPP
This session provided a “best practices” update concerning brief screening approaches for use in emergency medical settings or other settings that serve large numbers of youth for brief periods of time. Dr. King described screening strategies for depression, alcohol/substance abuse, and suicidal thinking as well as strategies for working with youth who are victims of bullying or bullying perpetrators.
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Tools for Implementing Suicide Prevention in Primary Care 
Matthew Wintersteen, Ph.D.
The focus of this breakout session was on discussing the tools to implementing effective suicide prevention programs in the primary care setting, including training, routine screening, and integration of mental health services. The format emphasized group discussion.
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The Trevor Project’s Online Programs: An Interlocking Innovative Online Solution to the Needs of At-Risk, LGBTQ Youth 
Athena Brewer, M.A.
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth. This presentation provided a behind-the-scenes tour of four online programs – TrevorSpace, TrevorChat, Ask Trevor, and their newest text-only program. The Trevor Project has used Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Google+, and other social media to provide meaningful support to LGBTQ youth, create community, raise funds, and lead public dialogue around suicide storylines in TV/films.
Presentation slides are not yet available.
 
Working with the Military: Strategies for Providers 
Hahna Patterson, MA, LCPC
Service members and their families are coping with enormous levels of stress and challenges. There is a critical and growing need for access to quality behavioral health and medical services and for a better understanding on the part of the provider when dealing with this unique population. This workshop explored PTSD, Combat Operational Stress, suicide in the military, barriers for healing/military specific stigma, and practical techniques to improve communication with service members.
Presentation slides are not available.
 
Depression and Demoralization in Chronic Disease 
Clifford Singer, M.D.
In this session, Dr. Singer reviewed the reciprocal relationships between major depression, emotional resilience and chronic disease. The themes of quality of life, hopefulness, acceptance, and adaptation to adversity were explored in the context of chronic diseases that impact daily function, comfort and mortality..
 

Breakout Sessions B

 

Separating the Wheat from the Chaff: Identification & Triage Using the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS)
Kelly Posner, Ph.D.
Use of the C-SSRS can improve patient safety and help relieve anxiety about not having the “right questions” to ask in identifying high risk individuals. This workshop reviewed the C-SSRS and its administration, covering its items predictive of increased risk including: severity of ideation, intensity of ideation, behaviors, and lethality of behaviors. The C-SSRS has definitions and associated probes, fostering easier and improved identification. Participants learned about how to administer the full and screening versions of the tool; how to customize the tool for various systems; and how to interpret results, streamlining triage and care delivery. Population-specific editions were reviewed (pediatric, military, etc.). System-wide implementation across multiple settings were discussed. At completion, participants were certified to administer the C-SSRS. No prior mental health training is required to administer the C-SSRS. The audiences ranged from primary care providers to peer counselors, first responders, clergy and all gatekeepers. After the workshop, participants were able to administer the C-SSRS and received a certificate.
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Working with Chronically Suicidal Clients is Not as Hard as You Think – Honest! 
Jennifer Yahr, APRN, CS, JD
Chronically suicidal clients are often blamed for their behavior, most frequently because of the frustration of the people caring for them. This frustration is certainly understandable and can be addressed with the skills described in this presentation.
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The Trevor Project’s Online Programs: An Interlocking Innovative Online Solution to the Needs of At-Risk, LGBTQ Youth 
Athena Brewer, M.A.
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth. This presentation provided a behind-the-scenes tour of four online programs – TrevorSpace, TrevorChat, Ask Trevor, and their newest text-only program. The Trevor Project has used Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Google+, and other social media to provide meaningful support to LGBTQ youth, create community, raise funds, and lead public dialogue around suicide storylines in TV/films.
Presentation slides are not yet available.
 
Suicide Prevention: Self-Care for the Care Givers 
Patricia Burke, MSW, LCSW, BCD
Working with or caring for people who are suicidal can lead to high levels of stress and possibly secondary trauma. This workshop helped participants identify the stressors in their personal and/or professional lives related to their suicide prevention efforts and offered an opportunity to develop a holistic and comprehensive self-care plan of individualized strategies to help ameliorate that stress. The presenter provided an opportunity to engage in a mindfulness-based stress reduction practice and evaluate its effectiveness for inclusion in participants’ self-care plans.
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Community Crisis Intervention – Evaluating and Maintaining Safety – Accessing Crisis Supports 
Panel: Steve Addario, Amy Brook, Jen Goodwin, Kirk Little, Michael Mitchell, Leslie Mulhearn and Ashley Pesek
Maine provides direct access to crisis intervention for anyone requesting those services via a statewide network of crisis intervention teams. In this panel discussion, the Maine Crisis Network shared information about ways to identify and support people at risk for suicide or self-harming behavior. They shared tools for responding to people in crisis and ways to reach a safe disposition. This provided an opportunity for attendees to meet, ask questions and dialogue with Crisis Directors and Staff from across the state and learn what to expect when interfacing with Crisis Services. These services are provided in any safe community environment.