2018 PSW Conference

Call for Presentations

8th Annual Prevent Suicide Wisconsin Conference: Small Steps to Make a Big Difference

April 13, 2018

Prevent Suicide Wisconsin and the Conference Planning Committee are accepting proposals for 75-minute workshops for the 2018 suicide prevention conference which will take place at the Kalahari Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells, on April 13th, 2018.

Proposals that align with our track objectives and demonstrate evidenced-based practices, include resilience principles and practices, enhance practical skills, support recovery, as well as those that energize people are invited to apply. Selection will be based on the following critera:

  1. speaker qualifications,
  2. inclusion of resilience principles and practices,
  3. alignment with one or more of the Wisconsin Suicide Prevention Strategy (WSPS) goals,
          Goal 1: Increase and enhance protective factors
          Goal 2: Increase access to care for at-risk populations
          Goal 3: Implement best practices for suicide prevention within the health care systems
          Goal 4: Improve monitoring and evaluation of suicide and suicide prevention activities
  4. promotes evidence-based information/best practices,
  5. integration of the experiences of underserved and/or high-risk communities (people of color, LGBTQ+, veterans, men in the middle years, etc.), and
  6. the direct inclusion of people with lived experience of suicidality and/or suicide loss.

Session Proposal Deadline: December 8, 2017

Notification emails will be sent on or before: December 22, 2017

We expect presenters to:

  • Meet all deadlines;
  • Retain the session content, audio/visual needs as originally submitted;
  • Not add a co-presenter or change the identity or number of presenters without permission;
  • Provide high-quality handouts by the date and in the format requested.

In return, we will:

  • Provide a complimentary registration for the conference for each presenter;
  • Pay expenses (i.e., travel, meals and pre-approved lodging on presentation days);
  • Grant you valuable professional exposure;
  • Provide you with your evaluation scores after the conference.

*  Free conference registration and expenses are limited to 3 presenters in any breakout. If this is a barrier in any way, please provide a rationale for including more than 3 presenters.

All proposals must be submitted online using the form below.


Track Objectives

Coalition Development Track Objectives

  1. Attendees will learn how to strengthen partnership development for suicide prevention.
  2. Attendees will enhance their ability to conduct successful fundraising for their coalition.
  3. Attendees will be able to identify and learn how to implement key elements to improve the effectiveness of their coalition.
  4. Attendees will understand how to improv real-time collection and use of suicide data through partnership with coroners/medical examiners and public health partners.

K-12 School District Track Objectives

  1. Attendees will have increased awareness on data surrounding youth and suicide.
  2. Attendees will have increased knowledge on suicide prevention strategies for Wisconsin K-12 school districts.
  3. Attendees will learn about additional resources that are available for Wisconsin K-12 school districts.

College/University Track Objectives

  1. Attendees will have increased awareness on data surrounding college students and suicide.
  2. Attendees will have increased knowledge on suicide prevention strategies, initiatives, and resources that are evidence-based and appropriate for a college student audience.
  3. Attendees will learn about the unique needs, risk/protective factors, and considerations when working with a college student populations

Public Health Track Objectives

  1. Attendees will identify and attend to a broad range of risk and protective factors  
  2. Attendees will Identify ways they have worked collaborative weaving together viewpoints from multiple sources i.e. those with lived experiences, family members and support groups, professional and others within your community to foster a better understanding of the risk and protective factors within your community that impact multiple points along the continuum of prevention intervention and have reduced the rates of suicide.

Zero Suicide Track Objectives

  1. Attendees will have increased knowledge about Zero Suicide, its elements and data supporting its effectiveness.
  2. Attendees will learn how organizations have implemented Zero Suicide, the challenges of doing so, and the outcomes.
  3. Attendees will understand how to promote Zero Suicide in their community.
  4. Attendees will have increased knowledge about implementing one or more of the ZS elements into health/behavioral health systems (e.g., workforce survey/training; screening, including use of EMR, evidence-based treatments).
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