Tuesday, December 11, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 3:30 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 

11th Annual Suicide Prevention Coalition of Long Island Symposium 

Putting the Pieces Together Strategies for Suicide Prevention

Keynote Speaker

                           Dr. Christine Moutier                         

          Suicide Prevention and Social Media:            What we Know and What We Don’t


Dr. Christine Moutier, will help us make sense of the current body of data regarding risk of suicide among our youth and young adults, the rise in the rate of teen and young adult death due to suicide, and specifically, how we can use what is known about the impact of social media in our work to identify, address and reduce risk.  What are the conversations that we should be having with youth and young adults and how do we frame those conversations?  In addition, Dr. Moutier will discuss cyberbullying and risk of suicide.

Dr. Christine Moutier

Chief Medical Officer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Dr. Christine Moutier, Chief Medical Officer of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, knows the impact of suicide firsthand. After losing colleagues to suicide, she dedicated herself to fighting this leading cause of death. Since earning her medical degree and training in psychiatry at the University of California in San Diego, Dr. Moutier has been a practicing psychiatrist, professor of psychiatry, dean in the medical school, medical director of the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit at the VA Medical Center in La Jolla, and has been clinically active with diverse patient populations, such as veterans, Asian refugee populations, as well as physicians and academic leaders with mental health conditions. She has presented at the White House, testified before the U.S. Congress on suicide prevention, and has appeared as an expert in Anderson Cooper 360, the BBC, CBS This Morning, The Atlantic, The New York TimesTime, The Washington PostThe Economist,  NBC Nightly News, among others

Symposium Schedule

8:00 - 8:45 Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:45– 9:00 Welcome & Introductions by 
Meryl Cassidy - SPCLI Co-Chairperson and Philip Schoppmann SPCLI Co-Chairperson
9:00 - 10:30  Keynote Speaker Dr. Christine Moutier
10:45-12:15 Featured Speakers Cynthia Kaplan, Ph.D. & Blaise Aguirre, MD
12:15-1:15 Lunch (included)
1:30-3:00 Afternoon Workshops 

9:00-10:30 Keynote Dr Christine Moutier

10:45 - 12:15  Featured Speakers

                            Cynthia Kaplan, Ph.D.                                    Blaise Aguirre, MD

The Connection Between Childhood Sexual Abuse and Suicide 

Although the association between Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA) and suicidality is well-documented, the mechanisms for this association have historically been poorly understood.  In their talks, Drs Kaplan and Aguirre will examine the manner in which CSA history relates to known risk factors for suicidal behavior.  Specifically, they will look at the development of psychiatric symptoms in CSA survivors and how the development of psychiatric disorders, in turn, impact the beliefs and behaviors of individuals in a manner that can increase the likelihood of both self-harming and suicidal behaviors. 


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

1:30 - 3:00 Afternoon Workshops: 

*Registrants will be asked to pick 1 Afternoon workshop 

A) Addressing Grief of Suicide Loss Suvivors: Essentials in Prevention and Postvention Efforts           Presenters: 

Diane Sweet, LCSW Psychotherapist/Consultant and Jamie Bogenshutz LCSW, CASAC, B.C.E.T.S. Executive Director, YES Community Counseling Services


It has been recognized that suicide loss survivors are at greater risk of complicated grief reactions, increased mental health disturbances and/or future risk of suicide as they struggles to come to terms with  their loss. This workshop will look at grief as it manifests itself in the aftermath of suicide loss. Presenters will focus on the importance of addressing grief in prevention and postvention work, identifying how grief reactions differ when working with adults and children, and examining how complicated grief reactions manifest with suicide loss survivors.

B) Lethality Assessment and Safety Plannig from a Crisis Center Perspective

Theresa Buhse, MSEd, Associate Executive Director Long Island Crisis Center and Lorraine Peragallo, Director of Development Response Crisis Center


Join this workshop for practical information and hands on application related to assessing  the lethality level of a person who may be thinking about suicide. Learn what to do, and what to say during the intervention, and gain knowledge of  safety planning as a tool for supporting the person with their immediate and long term safety. 

C) The Emerging Adult (ages 18-26): Their Unique Mental Health Needs and Risk Factors for Suicide

Panel Facilitator: Linda Sherlock-Reich, LMFT Assessment & Advocacy Specialist Catholic Charities Housing Department

In this facilitated panel discussion we will explore the newly developing awareness of the ‘Emerging Adult’ as a distinct developmental stage with unique characteristics and needs.  Our panel will represent a diverse group of professionals who serve this population and get their perspectives on effective strategies, treatments and approaches.

D) The Lethality of Loneliness                                                                                                                     Presenters: Meryl Cassidy, Executive Director, Response Crisis Center and David Close, PsyD. Deputy Director  LIFO OMH                                                                                                                                                

This workshop will explore the social science and neuroscience of chronic loneliness and how it impacts crisis work, including ways it links to suicide risk. We will also look at the vital role we as helpers play in connecting with those most isolated among us.

E) Comprehensive Risk Assessment and Management for Youth                                                      Presenter: Max Banilivy, Ph.D.  WellLife Network

Given that for every youth who kills himself/herself there are 10-15 attempts, learning the basic components of risk assessment and  management  is essential. Participants will explore the following:

  • Who is at risk
  • Warning and risk factors
  • Proximal and distal variables
  • Essential elements of collaborative work with youth
  • Importance of team approach to managing risk

3:00-3:30 Certificates of Completion 


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 and have any questions please contact Alexis Rodgers, LMSW 631-471-7242 ext 1315


Registation Fees:

General Registration $75.00 

Vendor $100.00 (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)





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