Wednesday, December 6, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST
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Melville Marriott Hotel 
1350 Old Walt Whitman Road
Melville, NY 11747

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Alexis Rodgers, LMSW 
Association for Mental Health and Wellness 
631-471-7242 x1315 

10th Annual Suicide Prevention Coalition of Long Island Symposium 

Putting the Pieces Together Strategies for Suicide Prevention

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Bart Andrews
The Story of Merging the Heart and the Science: Creating Lives Worth Living

This keynote address will merge our personal stories of surviving suicide, whether it be our own attempt or the attempt or death of a loved one, with the science of suicide prevention. In the end, it is our stories of pain and the hope, resilience and change that inspire most of us to devote our lives to preventing suicide. What do our stories have to do with the science of suicide prevention? How does science shape our stories? How do we embrace both the lived experience of survivorship with the science of suicidology?  It is more important now than ever that we both embrace the lived experience and the science of our efforts.  Join this keynote and learn how one psychologist has embraced his own lived experience and integrated this with the science of suicide prevention.

Dr. Bart Andrews

Vice President of Clinical Practice/Evaluations

Dr. Andrews has over 17 years of experience providing behavioral health services. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and his Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He is actively involved in raising community awareness about the risk of suicide and training community members, law enforcement and other professionals in suicide assessment and intervention. He is on several crisis and suicide related boards: serves as Vice President of the National Association of Crisis Directors and is on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s Standards, Training and Practices Sub-Committee. Dr. Andrews is also an Applied Suicide Intervention Sills (ASIST) Training Coach.


Symposium Schedule

8:00 - 8:45 Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:45– 9:00 Welcome & Introductions by                                                                                                       
Meryl Cassidy - SPCLI and Symposium Chairperson and Colleen Merlo-SPCLI Co-Chairperson
9:00 - 10:30  Keynote Speaker Dr. Bart Andrews
10:45-12:15 Morning Workshops
12:15-1:15 Lunch (included)
1:30-3:00 Afternoon Workshops 

*Registrants will be asked to pick 1 Morning workshop and 1 Afternoon workshop 

10:45 - 12:15  Morning Workshops:

A) High School Postvention Panel                                                                                                        Presenter: Meryl Cassidy, Executive Director Response Crisis Center and SPCLI Co-Chair Panel Participants: Peter D'Elena, School Psychologist SWR H.S, Jacki Anci, School Social Worker, SWR H.S, Principal Charles Regan, Riverhead H.S., Laurie Lynn, Executive Director of Guidance, Plainview/Old Bethpage JFK H.S., Adam Fine, Principal East Hampton H.S. and Elizabeth Kennedy, Sacred Heart H.S.                                                Join our panel to explore their experiences with suicide loss in their schools and the ways they dealt personally and professionally with these losses.  Also hear about lessons learned along the way, as well as the unique challenges they faced and plans moving forward.

B) How Many Suicides Survivors are there in the US: Evidence from the 2016 General Social Survey       Presenter: William Feigelman, Ph.D. Emeritus Professor of Sociology , Nassau Community College                    This workshop will explore the numbers of suicide exposed and bereaved adults currently in the US and it will  identify their common social and demographic characteristics.

C) Means Matter-The Importance of Limiting Access to Lethal Means as a Part of an Overall Suicide Prevention   Strategy                                                                                                                                  Presenters: Joseph Liuni, President Federated Sportsman’s Club of Ulster County and Ellen Pendegar, MS, RN PMHCNS-BC, CEO Mental Health Association of Ulster County, Inc.                                                             In this workshop, Joe and Ellen will be discussing thework that they have been doing in Ulster County following Dr. Ciocca, Elaine Frank, and the New Hampshire Gun Shop Project.  The focus will be  CALM: Counsel on Access to Lethal Means and how they implemented that in their work in Ulster County.  It will discuss the role of limiting access to lethal means as part of a community’s overall suicide prevention. They will focus on gun safety due to the lethality of this method.  The workshop is not anti-guns but anti-suicide. They will provide samples of information materials they developed based on the New Hampshire materials and the ways they found to disseminate the materials

D) Zerosuicide:The Culture and Process of Continuous Quality Improvment in Suicide Prevention
Presenter:  Dr. Bart Andrews 

The ZeroSuicide initiative is gaining traction across the country.  Many of the tenets of ZeroSuicide derive from work place safety initiatives from the 1970s and 1980s.  This workshop will review both the culture and organizational aspects that drive ZeroSuicide and participants will leave with some easy to use tools to begin using CQI strategies to improve their suicide prevention culture, work flows and outcomes.

E) Suicide Risk Assessment                                                                                                                           Presenter: Max Banilivy, Ph.D.  WellLife Network                                                                                               This training is intended for clinicians, counselors and all other professionals interested in learning a comprehensive assessment model for suicide risk. The workshop will include: basic components of a comprehensive risk assessment, identify categories of risk factors in suicide risk assessment, distinguish among warning signs, identify the different definitions of suicidal behavior and match levels of suicide risk with levels of intervention

12:15 - 1:15 - LUNCH INCLUDED (Served in the Atrium)



1:30 - 3:00 Afternoon Workshops: 

F) Facilitating Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Groups                                                                        Presenters: Lou Sabatini, Ph.D., Edward Paley, LCSW, ACSW, BCD, Michelle Virga, LCSW-R  and Donna Altonji, LCSW                                                                                                                                                  Mental health professionals who have facilitated SOS groups discuss the unique challenges faced by people whose loved one died by suicide.  They will also discuss how to start, structure and facilitate a support group including activities that they use to promote discussions. Resources for survivors and training for those who wish to facilitate such groups will also be presented in this workshop.
G) Project 2025
Presenter: Michael Rosanoff, Senior Director, Project 2025 The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 
 Despite the fact that more is being done today to prevent suicide, the rate of suicide continues to rise in the U.S.  The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, along with a number or partner organizations, have set a bold goal to reduce the annual rate of suicide in the U.S. 20% by the year 2025.  Project 2025 Incorporates all available best-evidence and supports a systems approach (i.e. models real-world scenarios, multiple factors, not in isolation), allows for real-time evaluation, allows for real-time adjustment, and makes evidence-based decision making on where to focus possible

H) Naloxone Training 
Presenters: Jamie Bogenshutz LCSW, CASAC, B.C.E.T.S. Executive Director, YES Community Counseling Services & Adrienne LoPresti, LCSW-R, Associate Director, YES Community Counseling Services
This session MUST be pre-registered for, as participants will be receiving a Naloxone kit.** 
According to the Federal CDC, drugs were the 9th leading cause of death in the US in 2013.Opioid overdoses are the leading cause of drug related accidental deaths. Many Opioid overdoses occur in the
presence of other individuals, but often no medical assistance is sought. Naloxone is an Opioid overdose prevention reversal agent that is marketed under the Trade name, NARCAN. Naloxone is used to treat a narcotic overdose in an emergency situation.
All participants will receive a kit after they have completed the training.

I) Collaborating with Suicidal Individuals on Safety Planning                                                                   Presenter: Meryl Cassidy, Executive Director, Response Crisis Center                                                                  In this interactive workshop our presenter will briefly take you through an awareness activity to increase your understanding of suicide and explore best practice methods of risk assessment. She will then present a comprehensive overview and hands on instruction regarding how to collaboratively develop a safety plan with clients who are at risk for making suicide attempts.

3:00-3:30 Certificates of Completion 



5 CASAC Renewal Hours **Pending**

5 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 9:00am-3:30pm.

No Refunds will be offered for cancellations 

**Vendor Opportunities are available: Vendor fee includes table in vendor room and lunch for ONE person. If you would like to be a vendor please contact Alexis Rodgers, LMSW 631-471-7242 ext 1315


Registation Fees:

Vendor $50.00 (fee includes table and lunch for 1 person) **All vendors must pre-register.  If you would like to be a vendor please contact Alexis Rodgers, LMSW at  631-471-7242 ext 1315

Student $50.00 (College ID Required)

General Registration $75.00 




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