Event Calendar Youth Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention Conference

The conference has been underwritten by a generous donation from The Countess Moira Charitable Foundation.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER Dr. Scott Poland, Internationally
Recognized Expert on School Crisis. Dr. Poland is widely con- sidered a pioneer in school suicide prevention, having authored one of the most respected works on the Association of Suicidology. Dr. Poland recently co-authored Suicide in Schools (2014), which provides school-based professionals with practical, easy-to-use guidance on developing and implementing effective suicide prevention, assessment, inter- vention and postvention strategies for school crisis, bullying prevention, youth violence, suicide intervention, self-injury, school safety and threat assessment. 


Priscilla A. Ruffin, RN, MS, NPP, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Trauma Therapist, Author, Teacher, President& CEO of East End Hospice, Camp Good Grief Founder. She lectures extensively on End of Life issues and grief.
Angela Byrns, LCSW, East End Hospice Children’s Bereavement Coordinator, Camp Good Grief Director. She developed the children’s bereavement program at EEH and lectures on children’s grief and bereavement issues.


Youth Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention for Schools and Communities This presentation will increase school and community personnel’s knowledge of the warning signs of youth suicide. • Best practices programs for suicide prevention in schools will be shared along with practical strategies for intervention that include suicide assessment, parent notification, increased super- vision and referral for mental health treatment.• The challenge of suicide postvention and assisting students who lost a friend and the importance of self-care for professionals who have lost a student or client to suicide will also be addressed.

Breakout Session: Suicide Postvention and Contagion
The aftermath of a youth suicide is a very challenging time for schools and communities as students are often overwhelmed with shock, grief and confusion. The presenter has a wealth of experience that includes advising school administrators, speaking with students in classrooms and presenting to parents after suicides have occurred, to help everyone with their emotions but most importantly to prevent further youth suicides.

Breakout Session: Bullying and Self-injury Related
Issues There is a strong association between bullying and suicide, and self-injury and suicide. Both of these topics will be addressed.


Registration begins at 8:15 am Conference 9 am-3 pm
To register, call Chrissy Michne, East End Hospice Office, 631-288-7080,
or email cmichne@eeh.org.
■ Who should attend: All levels of school personnel, social workers, psychologists, nurses, clergy and mental health counselors, and any other professionals
working with children, teens and families.
■ Fee $75 – includes continental breakfast, lunch, conference materials, & admission to Atlantis Aquarium.
■ Rooms for conference attendees are available. Contact Gina Marcus at the Hyatt at 631-574-8008×259.
■ We have applied for CEU’s for the following professions for NYS: Social Work, Psychology, Mental Health Counselor.

For more information or to purchase tickets,  please call Christine Michne at 631-288-7080 or email cmichne@eeh.org

(Please note $75 per admission is not tax deductible)

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