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When registering, please select the sessions you are most interested in attending. This is for planning purposes only and you are not required to attend the sessions for which you register. Breakout sessions may change based on level of interest or presenter needs. If changes are made, we will try to highlight them on the website prior to the conference. Otherwise, the final breakout schedule will be included in the conference program.

Breakout 1 (9:30 - 10:45)

1a. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) 101

This session will cover the AFSP’s mission, goals and programs nationally and statewide. Participants will learn how individuals and coalitions can partner with the Wisconsin Chapter of AFSP and how they can implement AFSP programs and utilize AFSP resources in their local communities, including the Talk Saves Lives Firearms Suicide Prevention Program.

  • Objective 1: Gain knowledge about the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) nationally and statewide.
  • Objective 2: Train participants to become volunteers for the AFSP Wisconsin Chapter in their local communities. 
  • Objective 3: Learn about volunteer opportunities with the AFSP Wisconsin Chapter, including the Talk Save Lives Firearms Program.
  • Objective 4: Gain increased knowledge of suicide and suicide prevention.

Presenters: Jessica Borkowski, Chair, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention-Wisconsin Chapter; is a survivor of suicide loss and dedicated to AFSP's mission to "Save Lives and Bring Hope to Those Affected by Suicide."  When not volunteering with AFSP, Jessica is an elementary school teacher in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

Jackie Korneisel, Volunteer Outreach Coordinator, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention-Wisconsin Chapter

1b. The Aftermath of Suicide: Effective Postvention for Prevention

A death by suicide has a devastating impact on families, schools, and communities as a whole. Without strong postvention strategies, suicide prevention approaches are missing the third component of the “life-saving trifecta”. Effective suicide postvention is critical to preventing suicide contagion (copy-cat suicides) in youth. Learn best practices and key considerations for supporting loss survivors and executing postvention strategies at the school and community level.

  • Objective 1: Learn strategies to align with community stakeholders to provide comprehensive support to the bereaved.
  • Objective 2: Discuss best practice strategies to partner with the media in order to provide safe messaging and support to your community.
  • Objective 3: Outline postvention protocols for the first 72 hours following a suicide to minimize contagion.
  • Objective 4: Receive resources and examples of community LOSS teams to apply to and strengthen your existing prevention plan. LOSS Teams is an Active Postvention Model (APM)  designed to elevate the support services in communities developed by Frank Campbell, Ph.d, LCSW, C.T.

Presenter: Mettie Spiess, CWP, is an international mental health and suicide prevention speaker and the founder of A World Without Suicide. She is known as a champion of change and a voice of hope for diverse audiences including school districts, universities, corporations, and health advocacy organizations. Mettie has trained over 20,000 students, educators, and corporate leaders in her signature "Empowered Voices Save Lives!" program and support curriculum. Mettie’s expertise and passion is in working with schools following a suicide to restore hope and prevent subsequent suicides.

1c. Serving Those Who Have Served: Preventing Veteran Suicide

If you have heard about the increase in Veteran suicide rates and wonder what you can do to help, this is the right training for you!  We will dispel common myths about suicide and you will leave armed with knowledge about the specific risk factors for the U.S. Veteran population, as well as additional comfort in asking about thoughts of suicide and knowing how to get the Veteran help.

  • Objective 1:  Learn the epidemiology of suicide in the U.S. Veteran population
  • Objective 2:  Recognize common myths about suicide and why they are not accurate.
  • Objective 3:  Identify specific risk factors for Veterans, as well as warning signs for suicide.
  • Objective 4:  Feel more comfortable asking about suicide when risk and warning signs are present.
  • Objective 5:  Understand options for helping a Veteran get connected to help.

Presenters: Andrea Bailey, LCSW, Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Veterans Health Administration is a Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Madison VA Medical Center. She previously served as both a front line crisis responder and a program administrator at Journey Mental Health Center's Emergency Services. Andrea enjoys the fast pace and clinical complexity of this type of work, as the rewards are immeasurable! Andrea holds a BS in Human Development and Family Studies and an MSSW from UW-Madison. She lives in Madison with her husband, two young children and their two cats.

Shannon Kostuck, LCSW, Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Veterans Health Administration is a Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Madison VA Medical Center. She has previously worked in many aspects of social work, including child protection, medical social work, and as a therapist for Veterans who are attending local colleges and universities. Shannon holds a BS in Social Work from Loras College in Dubuque, IA and an MSSW from UW-Madison. When she is not working, she is spending time with her husband and three young children.

1d. Social Marketing to Reduce Suicidal Behavior in Teens

Social marketing for public health is meant to promote behavior change. Teens in particular may be receptive to social marketing strategies to promote positive behaviors and coping strategies that will reduce suicidal thoughts and behaviors. This presentation will outline a social marketing campaign developed in Jackson County to change behavior in order to prevent suicide.

This presentation will detail a social marketing campaign that is aimed to increase coping skills for teenagers in Jackson County in order to promote positive behaviors to decrease suicidal behavior. The development of this social marketing campaign included three focus groups to hone messaging and message testing and is part of a larger project that is aimed to reduce suicide in Jackson County. The presentation will begin with a description of social marketing for public health versus social media. We will then move into the steps we took in order to determine our target audience, develop initial messaging and then test that messaging with the target audience. We will end the presentation by showing examples of the resulting marketing.

  • Objective 1:  Participants will learn the steps for creating a successful social marketing campaign
  • Objective 2:  Participants will review focus group results for a social marketing campaign, and will understand how focus group feedback was used to tailor messaging.
  • Objective 3:  Participants will discuss final social marketing messaging for this campaign.
  • Objective 4:  Participants will understand the difference between social marketing for public health prevention and social media.

Presenter: Sara Kohlbeck, MPH, Assistant Director of Comprehensive Injury Center, Medical College of Wisconsin. Ms. Kohlbeck is the Assistant Director of the Comprehensive Injury Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin and is an academic partner on a project that is aiming to reduce suicide in Jackson County. Ms. Kohlbeck received her Master’s Degree in Public Healthfrom the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Zilber School of Public Health and conducts research on suicide, including racial disparities in suicide and suicidal behavior.

1e. Collaborative Safety Planning: Working with Individuals Experiencing a Suicidal Crisis

We will review the etiology of suicide and the evidence associated with safety planning.  We will explore the importance of safety planning for individuals who find themselves in crisis and how safety planning can serve both as prevention and intervention when working with individuals in crisis.  We will review the difference between safety planning and “no-suicide contacts,” and the benefit of collaborative safety planning for patients and their loved ones. Target Audience: Providers or family members who care for individuals experiencing acute or ongoing suicidal thinking; Individuals who would like to learn a systematic approach to plan for safety in a preventative, collaborative manner.

  • Objective 1: Understand the role and value of safety planning in an overall suicide prevention quality improvement initiative.
  • Objective 2: Understand the science and evidence associated with safety planning.”
  • Objective 3: Understand how to create a safety plan with a client, including examples of types of elements that can be included in a plan.

Presenter: Meghan Henderson, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Specialist for Adult Psychiatry, UnityPoint Health – Meriter. Meghan provides ongoing education and clinical supervision for all staff on the Adult Psychiatry Unit. Meghan has been working within the specialty of suicidology for the past 6 years. She has been trained in three evidenced-based, suicide specific treatment modalities including: The Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Suicide (CBT-S). In her position, Meghan has been responsible for training staff hospital wide on new evidenced based suicide assessment tools as well as prevention tools such as collaborative safety planning.

Breakout 2 (11:00 - 12:15)

2a. QPR and Youth: A Good Fit for You and the Youth You Serve

Youth are often faced with the suicidal behavior of their peers, yet are ill-equipped to assist suicidal friends and others to obtain help. We have adapted QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) suicide prevention gatekeeper training into a format suitable for youth. This youth version of QPR has been approved by the QPR Institute, and has been presented it in numerous settings in the Milwaukee area. In addition, a slightly modified youth version is very appropriate for school staff. Join this interactive workshop to understand the unique aspects of suicidal clues in youth, and how to train youth to take action to assist their suicidal peers. Design a plan to implement youth QPR in your organization and community. Participants who are certified QPR trainers will receive links to several versions of youth QPR they can immediately utilize.

  • Objective 1:  Identify the main differences between adult and youth QPR.
  • Objective 2:  Describe youth-specific factors that increase the likelihood of suicidal behavior.
  • Objective 3:  Learn how to implement training strategies and tools to facilitate youth trainings.
  • Objective 4:  Certified QPR trainers will gain access to the Youth QPR Powerpoint presentation for immediate utilization.
  • Objective 5:  Design a plan to implement Youth QPR in various youth settings.

Presenter: Barbara Moser, MD, Chair of the Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee Coalition, and a board-certified family practice physician. Dr. Moser is a certified QPR (Question Persuade Refer) Master Trainer as well as QPR presenter, and has delivered numerous QPR trainings for youth, adults and professional staff for the past 6 years in a variety of settings. She also consults with middle and high schools regarding suicide prevention and postvention. Dr. Moser served as the co-PI for UWM’s SAMHSA GLS Campus Suicide Prevention grant which funded the UWM Suicide Prevention Project 2012-2016. In addition, she is a Campus Connect suicide prevention trainer, and has participated in Crisis Intervention Trainings for police officers. Dr. Moser received her MD from Northwestern University in Chicago, and completed a family practice residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts.

2b. Honest, Open, Proud: Helping Youth Develop Strategic Disclosure Decision Making Related to Mental Health Challenges and/or Suicidality

Honest, Open, Proud is an evidence-based small-group program designed to help Develop Strategic Disclosure Decision Making Skills related to their experiences of mental health challenges. We will introduce you to the core components of the Honest, Open, Proud program and discuss a recent adaptation to the program, one which seeks to make the Honest, Open, Proud program tailored to the needs and experiences of youth with lived experience of suicidality and suicide loss. This adaptation was developed based on input from people with lived experience of suicidality and suicide loss. It seeks to help young people make decisions about whether or not to share their stories, decrease the self-stigma association with being a survivor, and teach participants how to share their stories in a way that emphasizes strength and resilience. Attendees will learn a framework for how to help youth decide whether or not to share their stories of mental health challenges and/or suicidality, discuss how stigma influences the disclosure process for young people with lived experience of mental health challenges and/or suicidality, and learn how to be a safe person in whom youth can disclose.

  • Objective 1: Learn the core components of the Honest, Open, Proud program
  • Objective 2: Learn a framework for how to help youth decide whether or not to share their stories of mental health challenges and/or suicidality
  • Objective 3: Learn how to be a safe person in whom youth can disclose
  • Objective 4: Discuss how stigma influences the disclosure process for young people living with mental health challenges and/or experiencing suicidality

Presenter:  Sarah Reed, PhD, Honest, Open, Proud Program Lead, Rogers InHealth, has a PhD in Community Psychology from Michigan State University and conducted a postdoctoral fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health. Her research background has focused on adolescent well-being and the development and evaluation of community-based programs designed to enhance youth mental, social and sexual health. She is the Honest, Open, Proud program lead for Rogers InHealth. She has trained over 200 Honest, Open, Proud facilitators, as well as presented on the program at statewide (e.g., Children Come First, CCS/CST Annual Meeting) and national conferences (e.g., Advancing School Mental Health).

2c. Development of a Well-Being Intervention for a High-Risk Group: Surgery Residents

Medical students and residents have higher rates of stress and depression than the general population, undoubtedly contributed to by the stress and performance demands inherent in medical training. The trajectory appears to be a negative one given higher rates of burnout and suicidality amongst practicing physicians compared to their counterparts outside the field of medicine. Physicians-in-training often do not seek mental health care due to fear of stigma, ramifications for licensing, and lack of time. A culture of wellness amongst medical trainees is often absent, and the absence of wellness programs has been historically pervasive. This presentation discusses an intervention designed to provide tools for resilience and self-care delivered at the work-site with protected time from the Department of Surgery for its trainees. In addition to resilience strategies, positive psychology tools and mindfulness practices are delivered in a group format to surgery residents at the Medical College of Wisconsin. We are reporting on initial impressions from the residents, results from an outcome measure designed for this project, and plans for the permanent creation of a surgery resident wellness program to be emulated campus-wide.

  • Objective 1: Understand the scope of the problem of depression and suicidality amongst medical trainees.
  • Objective 2: Be able to identify evidence-based well-being interventions to reduce stress and burnout.
  • Objective 3: Discuss components of a well-being intervention seen as most useful by a pilot group of surgery residents.

Presenters: David Cipriano, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Director of Student and Resident Behavioral Health, Medical College of Wisconsin;  Dr. Cipriano received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Director of Student and Resident Behavioral Health for the College. His research has focused on medical student and resident well-being, children's grief and the impact of school-based mental health treatment for underprivileged children.

Christopher Davis, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Davis is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is in active clinical practice and works with surgery residents from the Department of Surgery on a near-daily basis. Dr. Davis is committed to resident education, and aside from this and patient care he also has a passion for translational research and public health. During his 9 years of surgical residency that also included 3 years of research and a critical care fellowship Dr. Davis encountered co-trainees negatively impacted by mental illness and the stressors of surgical training of which some spent time in inpatient psychiatry, committed suicide, or died tragically while trying to balance the demands of work and life.

2d. Aging as an Asset: Reducing Suicide in the Aging Population Through Restoring Purpose, Meaning, and Joy

As the aging population continues to grow, special consideration must be given to the unique experiences and complex needs of older adults. Effective work with older adults requires a therapeutic lens that seeks to restore a sense of purpose, meaning, and joy as a means for reducing rates of suicide in this population. This presentation will provide attendees with increased knowledge of the prevalence of suicide rates among the aging population, suicide risk factors specific to the aging population, and further exploration of the unique daily experiences that may contribute to suicide deaths in the aging population. Through an interactive exercise, attendees will gain increased understanding, compassion, and empathy for the lived experiences of many older adults. Additionally, attendees will be exposed to treatment methods and interventions effective in working with the aging population, along with an overview of treatment outcomes within one intensive outpatient group therapy program tailored to meet the needs of older adults.

  • Objective 1: Identify suicide risk factors specific to the aging population
  • Objective 2: Identify the role of early detection/intervention in the role of suicide prevention in the aging population
  • Objective 3: Gain increased understanding of the unique experiences of the aging population and how they contribute to suicide deaths
  • Objective 4: Gain knowledge of treatment modalities and approaches for working with aging adults at risk for suicide
  • Objective 5: Identify personal beliefs and values around the aging population that may serve as a barrier for effective work

Presenter: Kesha Marson, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker, Amery Behavioral Health Structured Outpatient Program is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and currently works as a Clinical Therapist within the Structured Outpatient Program at Amery Behavioral Health Center, an intensive outpatient program focused on meeting the mental health needs of the aging population. Kesha has a special interest and experience working with veterans, the aging population, suicide survivors, crisis work, suicide prevention, and teaching. In addition to her clinical work, she co-founded the Suicide Prevention Task Force of St. Croix County in 2013 and continues to provide trainings and resources to promote suicide awareness and prevention throughout several counties. The Task Force further supported the communities of St. Croix County in reducing their suicide rates by 50% over a three year time period. Kesha also serves as the Clinical Supervisor and a mobile crisis worker for the St. Croix County Mobile Crisis team. She is passionate about promoting the profession of Social Work, and is also an Adjunct Professor in the Masters of Social Work Program at Augsburg University.

2e. Implementing Zero Suicide: A Report on Rock County Human Services’ First Two Years

We will share the good, the bad, and the ugly of stumbling through our first couple years of a Zero Suicide initiative. We are creating a Zero Suicide culture across 16 behavioral health programs including Crisis Intervention, Outpatient Clinics, Treatment Courts, CSP, CCS, and Child/Family Services. We will discuss the chronology of events Including attending the training academy in June 2016; leadership buy-in; the planning and oversight process; educating stakeholders and staff; surveying the workforce; developing policies; identifying tools for screening, assessment, safety planning, and suicide treatment; training 140 professional and paraprofessional staff; and data collection and analysis. The Zero Suicide culture is also catching on across our community and we are collaborating with hospitals and a police department in Rock County. One of the presenters has lived experience, which will be shared, and she has had an integral role in the implementation process.

  • Objective 1: Learn the importance of and rationale for implementing a systematic approach to suicide screening and care.
  • Objective 2: Understand the practical strategies and challenges associated with implementing Zero Suicide in a public behavioral health setting.
  • Objective 3: Develop and refine implementation ideas and strategies in the workplace.
  • Objective 4: Describe the benefits of Zero Suicide as a structure to guide risk and treatment decisions.

Presenters: Greg Winkler, MSSW, LCSW, Behavioral Health Division Manager, Rock County Human Services, has worked in the Behavioral Health field for 30 years in both clinical and administrative positions. He attended the Zero Suicide Academy in June 2016 with the Rock County team that is implementing a Zero Suicide framework within Rock County Human Services. In addition to his work as a clinical social worker and administrator, Greg is an adjunct faculty member at George Williams College and involved in Social Work regulation through the Association of Social Work Boards and the Wisconsin MFT, PC, and SW Examining Board.

Patty Slatter, NAMI Rock County President, Lived Experience. Patty attended the Zero Suicide Academy in June 2016 with the Rock County team that is implementing a Zero Suicide framework within Rock County Human Services.

Melissa Meboe, MSW, CISW, Rock County Crisis Services Program Manager, has worked in Behavioral Health in multiple capacities from institutional care to community mental health in both clinical and administrative positions. Melissa has been administratively responsible for crisis intervention programs for the past 10 years. She attended the Zero Suicide Academy in June 2016 with the Rock County team that is implementing a Zero Suicide framework within Rock County Human Services.

Breakout 3 (1:15 - 2:30)

3a. Wellness Planners: Strategically Promoting Protective Factors & Wellness as One Facet of an Upstream Suicide Prevention Approach

The most effective suicide prevention strategies are holistic, engage a diverse set of stakeholders, and work across the full spectrum of prevention. This includes considering upstream approaches to suicide prevention and mental health promotion that encourage resilience building, coping skills, and self-care. The University of Wisconsin-Madison Suicide Prevention Council aims to support strategies and interventions that enhance protective factors among the student population. In this session, participants will learn about one example of this work, a pilot program from the 2017/2018 academic year, the UW-Madison Student Wellness Planner. In partnership with UWell, a campus-wide wellness coalition, and a group of student stakeholders (many with lived experience), the UW-Madison Suicide Prevention Council supported the creation, dissemination, and evaluation of a Student Wellness Planner as one feature of the strategic plan. This planner functions both as a standard calendar/organizational tool for students but also incorporates evidence-based health promotion strategies through the content and design. A few examples include: habit tracking, daily reflection, gratitude journal, resources, memory log, personal wellness plans, and many more tools!

  • Objective 1: Identify strategies to leverage partnerships and find overlap with other health promoting coalitions in order to broaden the scope and reach of suicide prevention efforts
  • Objective 2: Translate research-indicated protective factors for suicide prevention into individual-level interventions that promote resilience and wellness
  • Objective 3: Incorporate wellness principles into suicide prevention strategies to ensure an upstream and holistic approach
  • Objective 4: Review, engage with, and take home a sample of the 2017/18 Student Wellness Planner from UW-Madison that incorporates protective factors into a tool that students use daily

Presenter: Valerie Donovan, MS, Suicide Prevention Coordinator, University of Wisconsin-Madison began working in Campus Health Initiatives and Prevention at University Health Services as the Suicide Prevention Coordinator in January 2013. In this role she addresses suicide prevention and mental health promotion as public health issues on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus as a part of a multi-faceted strategy for engaging with partners on broader student mental health needs. With campus and community partners, she works to strengthen campus practices and policies relating to suicide prevention and mental health services, reduce stigma surrounding mental health issues, provide education to the campus community, and promote help-seeking behaviors among students. She is the chair of UW-Madison’s Suicide Prevention Council and also works to support student activists engaged in suicide prevention and mental health promotion. Her previous work experience includes community health outreach, case management, and crisis counseling for non-profit organizations. She holds a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

3b. Implementation and Effectiveness of Hope Squads: A Peer-to-Peer, School-based, Suicide Prevention Model

Hope Squad is a peer-based suicide prevention program that has been implemented in all levels of schools, from elementary school through college/university settings, throughout Utah (approximately 300 programs), and in several locations throughout the U.S. (over 50 programs) and Canada (seven programs). The Hope Squad program trains students to intentionally facilitate help-seeking with distressed peers. Additionally, over time, Hope Squads change the culture of a school. Evaluation and research findings from Hope Squad data suggest that students increase help-seeking, and referrals for treatment have increased significantly in Hope Squad schools. Hope Squad may be a promising program to facilitate help-seeking with students across all grades in suicidal distress. Future research will be done comparing Hope Squads to other programs.

  • Objective 1: Participants will understand the key components of the Hope Squad program, and how implementation differs in various educational and non-educational settings.
  • Objective 2: Participants will be able to identify ways to collect suicide data at the school level, and the implications of a peer helping program on school-level suicide counseling referrals.
  • Objective 3: Participants will learn training and burnout evaluation methods for a year-long curriculum-based peer program.
  • Objective 4: Participants will discover how Hope Squads impact suicide outcomes in schools across time.

Presenters: Gregory Hudnall, Ed.d., Executive Director, Hope4Utah and the creator of Hope Squads, is a former high school principal, student service director and associate superintendent with the Provo City School District. He has been involved with suicide prevention for the past twenty years and has personally been involved with over forty-seven suicides as a first responder or consultant. Dr. Hudnall has years of personal experience in working with suicide prevention. He has spent the last fifteen years as the executive director of a community crisis team responding to suicides. He was invited to testify before the United States Surgeon General on suicide in Utah and in 2013 was invited by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to present in Washington D.C. on the Circles4HOPE community mental health model at the “Dialogue on Behavior Health and Community Resilience in LDS Communities.

3c. Freedom from Depression: 6 Keys to Eliminating Emotional Pain

While genetics, biology, stress, personal problems, side effects of medication, and nutrition are commonly listed as potential risk factors for depression, none of these predict with 100% accuracy who will be disabled by depression or other mental health issues. The only two experiences common to all sufferers are an overactive fight-or-flight reflex and a runaway Negative Programming Cycle that disintegrates self-esteem. Dr. Piparo discusses why known risk factors are not predictive of future mental health disabilities and why it’s more important to examine how an individual reacts to life challenges, self-talk, and their view of themselves and the world as indicators of potential problems. He will then discuss how these two factors interact to undermine an individual’s inner reality, leading to an inability to function in todays, fast-paced, hectic, and demanding world. Understanding that one’s reactions to life, and not life itself creates problems, knowing that each of us possesses the ability to change provides hope for the future. The only thing left is to have access to simple, powerful techniques that can quickly and easily create a stronger sense of inner resiliency, which Dr. Piparo provides in his presentation. Participants will learn how to affect their own lives and how to use the information and techniques to help others. Dr. Piparo has used this approach to heal his depression and has empowered many others with the hope, understanding, and techniques to heal their own lives. This method is to be considered a complement to medical and therapeutic techniques.

  • Objective 1: Help participants understand how the fight-or-flight reflex affects our ability to function in modern day society
  • Objective 2: Understand how Negative Programming Cycles start and affect self-esteem.
  • Objective 3: Learn simple, tools that reverse/inhibit the effects of the fight-or-flight reflex quickly and easily
  • Objective 4: Learn how to use the Power of the Imagination to change the functions, structures, and chemistry of the brain to improve one's resiliency and increase feelings of worthiness, happiness, and success.
  • Objective 5: Learn how to use the Power of the Imagination to replace old dysfunctional memories with new, empowering memories.

Presenter: Anthony Piparo, Ph.D. Performance Psychology, The Peak Solution, has a B.S. and MS in education, an MS in Kinesiology, and a PhD in Performance Psychology and earned the APA’s Dissertation honors for his work on the Effects of Stress on Concentration and Performance. Dr. Piparo spent much of his adult life learning to understand how and why stress and anxiety cause so many problems for so many people. He works with athletes, business professionals, Students suffering from Test Anxiety, and everyday people struggling with stress, anxiety, and depression. His motto is “I prescribe skills, not pills.” Dr. Piparo's latest book, Freedom from Depression: 6 Keys to Eliminating Emotional Pain has become an International Best Seller an a #1 New Release on Amazon. His other books include Freedom from Test Anxiety and Ascent into Hell.

3d. Now is the Time for Youth Empowered Practices

Youth and young adults aged 16-25 have the highest rate of experiencing mental health challenges, yet the lowest rates of accessing support and services for mental health challenges of any age group. Project Youth Empowered Solutions (YES!) is working in Wisconsin to look at the barriers of transition aged youth and young adults accessing and maintaining mental health treatment. A review of youth and young adult challenges and developmental barriers will be had. Youth and young adult perspectives that have been collected through YES! programming will be shared in an effort to highlight the current status and where the youth and young adults of Wisconsin would like to see changes made. In conclusion, this session will provide participants with the opportunity for discussion regarding ways to improve their own communication and engagement strategies with youth and young adults to make positive change in their relationship development approaches.

  • Objective 1: Participants will have increased awareness of the barriers youth and young adults encounter when trying to access services
  • Objective 2: Participants will have increased awareness of ways they can improve their communication and engagement with youth and young adults
  • Objective 3: Participants will understand that services for youth and young adults need to be delivered in a developmentally appropriate way

Presenter: Judy Van Ryzin, MSW, LCSW, Mental Health Supervisor, Outagamie County Department of Health and Human Services, obtained her MSW from UW Milwaukee and has been practicing in the area of Mental Health for over 30 years. She has experience in crisis intervention, acute psychiatric inpatient, and community treatment, both in the private and public sectors. For the last 14 years she has been responsible for Comprehensive Community Services programming for Outagamie County. Most recently as part of her role, Judy had been part of the NITT grant awarded to the State of Wisconsin by SAMHSA and has been involved in the development of specialized programming for Young Adults that fits within the CCS program.

3e. Aligning Community Partners to Prevent Suicide: A Zero Suicide & Community Collaboration

This session will address the history overview of ZERO Suicide implementation in (Winnebago, Outagamie and Calumet Counties) Health and Behavioral Health Care Systems. Per panel discussion, coalition members will discuss lessons learned and the accomplishments of our tri-County Zero Suicide Coalition. Panelists will include a Behavioral Health expert, a Public Health Nurse, and a Community Health Strategist; each panelist will in turn discuss their role in suicide prevention in their local communities. This presentation will highlight the importance of engagement of the broader community including multiple partners to ensure that the “zero deaths by suicide philosophy” is integrated into the community at large. Community work including targeted QPR trainings, Lethal Means Restriction outreach (Safe-Guard Your Home Brochures) and a newly formed partnership with law enforcement and gun shop owners (Project Safeguard) will be introduced and discussed.

  • Objective 1: Attendees will have increased knowledge about Zero Suicide, its elements and data supporting its effectiveness.
  • Objective 2: Attendees will understand how to promote Zero Suicide in their community.
  • Objective 3: Attendees will learn about the Zero Suicide (Winnebago, Outagamie and Calumet) counties coalition’s implementation in behavioral health systems and the challenges and successes of partnering with community organizations.
  • Objective 4: Attendees will learn how to strengthen communication and collaboration between community organizations and behavioral health providers in preventing suicide. (biweekly digest, social media, strengthening partnerships)

Presenters: Sue Jungen, ICS/Independent Clinical Supervisor, WI Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, began her career in 1979 as Substance Abuse Counselor, and retired in 2014 as the Director of Behavioral Health Services for Affinity Health System in Appleton, WI. As a recognized leader in the Mental Health field during those 35 years, she was able to bring many advancements in Mental Health to my community, including learnings from a collaboration with Dr. E. Coffey at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, MI. Sue has been involved with ZSI for one year, and with Zero Suicide in Wisconsin for the past three years, presenting at ZS academies.

Cheryl Laabs, Registered Nurse, Winnebago County Health Department, is a Public Health Nurse for the Winnebago County Health Department. She has been engaged in the field of Public Health since October 2000, with a focus on mental health and suicide prevention at the community level over the past six years. Cheryl was awarded the “Mary Adelaide Nutting” Award in 2007 to recognize her contribution for the advancement of public health nursing practice. She was a panelist in the 2016 USA Today “Kids in Crisis” series representing the Public Health sector. Cheryl attended the Zero Suicide Academy in 2017 and currently serves as Co-Chair of the Zero Suicide Coalition (Winnebago, Outagamie, Calumet). She also is a member of the Samaritan Counseling Center Advisory Council for the Connected Community Wellness Screen, an emotional wellness check-up for youth right at their school.

Lynnsey Erickson, Community Health Strategist, Winnebago County Health Department serves on the Zero Suicide Coalition (Winnebago, Outagamie, Calumet) leadership team. Lynnsey attended the Zero Suicide Academy in 2017 and coordinates communications for the coalition. She is also coalition co-coordinator of re:TH!NK, the Lakeshore Tobacco Prevention Network. Lynnsey received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Gender and Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She has worked in public health for four years and previously served two years as a Wisconsin HealthCorps member from 2014-2016 at the Winnebago County Health Department.

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