Connection: The Key to Prevention

May 2, 2019 - Pre-Conference Trainings      |        May 3, 2019 - Conference       |      Kalahari Resort & Convention, Wisconsin Dells

 Registration will open at the end of February.

Conference Keynote Speaker, Mark Meier - Friday, May 3, 2019

Mark Meier is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 24 years of clinical, professional, and academic experience on mental health issues.  Mark has delivered over 350 talks and trainings across the United States on mental health related issues and has been a frequent contributor to multiple television, radio, and print efforts focused on depression, anxiety, and suicide prevention.  

In 2009, Mark co-founded the Face It Foundation to provide free peer support services to men who deal with depression, anxiety, substance use issues, and in many cases have attempted suicide.  Today, Face It serves over 150 men each month with 14 support groups, education, retreats, and other recovery-based activities.  Along with his work at Face It, Mark is on staff in the University of Minnesota’s School of Medicine, taught a Mood Disorders seminar for 6 years in the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota and he has been adviser for multiple research studies on depression/anxiety through the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. In addition to his professional and academic work, Mark is the survivor of his own suicide attempt 16 years ago, which led to a hospitalization and personal recovery effort.


Pre-Conference Trainings - Thursday, May 2, 2019                                      

You need not attend the conference on May 3rd in order to attend one of these May 2nd trainings. Or, you can attend one in conjunction with the conference. Registration is not yet open. Stay tuned for updates via the PSW eNewsletter!

Assessing & Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR): Core Competencies for Behavioral Health Professionals

A one-day workshop for behavioral health professionals on assessing suicide risk, planning treatment, and managing the ongoing care of the at-risk client. This program is based on the latest research and designed to help participants provide safer suicide care. AMSR is designed for health care providers who have a master's or doctoral degree in a behavioral health field. Learn more about AMSR>>

Compassion Resilience (CR) Facilitation Team Training: A Toolkit for Schools and Health & Human Service Organizations

The Compassion Resilience Toolkit is a flexibly implemented set of resources to build awareness of compassion fatigue and strategies to increase compassion resilience in all staff from a system and individual perspective. The resources include activities for guided all-staff, small group or team-based use as well as for individual reflection. The 12 sections include activities for leaders and staff on realistic expectations, setting compassionate boundaries, building a staff culture of compassion, self-care strategies, and links to further learning.

The Training of Facilitators and the Administrative Leader prepares you to bring the toolkit resources to your colleagues. Attend as a team to ideally include at least: one administrator and 2-3 people who will facilitate with staff. The day includes clarification of leadership roles, rationale for the work, a look at how to inspire culture change through the toolkit, and tips for implementing the toolkit resources matched to the realities of your current organizational commitments and goals.


HOPES Award Nomination Forms- due by March 22nd

The HOPES Award is presented annually at the PSW Conference to an individual or organization who has demonstrated exceptional dedication to suicide prevention in Wisconsin. The HOPES Award is dedicated to Helping Others Prevent and Educate About Suicide, a group of suicide loss survivors who spearheaded Wisconsin’s suicide prevention efforts for 19 years. Download the nomination form below:

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