Tuesday, December 8, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST
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Alexis Rodgers, LMSW 
Association for Mental Health and Wellness 
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13th Annual Suicide Prevention Coalition of Long Island Symposium

Putting the Pieces Together Strategies for Suicide Prevention

Keynote Speaker

Kenton Kirby, LMSW

The Impact of Race and Oppression in our Practice and its Profound Relevance Related to Suicide and Healing

Many of our survivors of suicide suffer in silence through feelings of isolation from their immediate communities or by the oppressive systems ingrained in many communities of color. The stressors of systemic racism has had a long last impact on BIPOC communities across this country. With such large, mounting obstacle specific communities face, how do we create opportunities for healing? 

This talk will focus on strategies to build connections and bridges with victims of violence who lack trust in the oppressive systems in place. It will look at case studies across the country to illustrate interventions to engage with BIPOC victims. This talk will also highlight how maintaining a race and equity lens in working with all victims can improve delivery of services and outreach strategies.

Kenton Kirby, LMSW

Kenton Kirby, LMSW is a graduate of the NYU Silver School of Social Work. Over the past 15 years, Mr. Kirby has worked in a number of roles, most recently as the Director of Trauma and Healing at the Center for Court Innovation. Kenton currently focuses his work on integrating trauma informed mental health services to communities of color throughout New York City. Kenton provides technical assistance to violence prevention programs across the country and is currently an adjunct lecturer at Brooklyn College. Kenton received the 2016 NASW Emerging Leader Award and the Community Impact Award in 2017 from the Urban Justice Center.


Featured Speaker

Ahmed Bleazi, Ph.D.


Suicide Prevention by the Numbers:

This talk will showcase important statistics that provide insight on local, regional, and national suicide and suicide prevention trends. We will also discuss the methodology and current state of the Suicide Fatality Reviews conducted in Suffolk County and elsewhere around the country as a strategy to pair data-driven tactics with key stakeholders.

Ahmed Belazi, Ph.D.

Ahmed Belazi currently serves as the Director of Strategic Analytics and Technologies. In that role, he advises the Vice President for Student Affairs on strategy and long-term planning and leads the Division of Student Affairs' assessment activities fostering a culture of evidence in practice. Additionally, he provides vision, design, and coordination towards the enhancement of the workforce productivity, improvement of staff morale, and professional development.

Ahmed is a proud double alumnus of Stony Brook University, earning a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Evaluative Sciences and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Experimental Cognitive Psychology. His graduate work focused on examining stress-related coping strategies across a national sample of military veterans as well as assessing the effectiveness of local community-based participatory research projects. Ahmed is currently pursuing a research and policy doctoral degree in the area of Judgment and Decision-making with a focus on the intersection of technology and student success.

Ahmed began his career in Student Affairs as a Residence Hall Director in the Department of Residential Programs and has since served in the Center for Prevention & Outreach and Counseling & Psychological Services. Over his early career, he conducted applied research and program development with the foci of his work including wellness promotion and outreach to at-risk populations; as well as risk prevention of sexual violence, depression and suicide, and alcohol/other drug abuse.

Ahmed’s current areas of expertise include survey research, market research, program evaluation, and data visualization. He is a member of the APLU Commission on Information Measurement and Analysis and the American Association for Public Opinion Research.





3 NYSED Continuning Education Hours (LMSW/LCSW/LMHC/LMFT/LCAT)

Association for Mental Health and Wellness is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers. (Provider #0156),  licensed mental health counselors. (Provider #MHC-0014), licensed marriage and family therapists. (Provider #MFT-0010), and licensed creative arts therapists. (Provider #CAT-0004). 


*New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations requires that participants attend the entire approved educational activity in order to receive continuing education credits, from 10:00am-1:00pm. 

**NYSED Certifcates for Continuing Education Hours will not be issued for late arrival  (more than 10 minutes after beginning of event) or early departure. 

No Refunds will be offered for cancellations or non-attendance

Registation Fees:  $25.00                 

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