Beyond the Basics: Workshop Sessions
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Morning Session Details:

A1: Managing Suicide Risk on Campus; Coordination with Campus Public Safety

Panel Discussion

Public Safety personnel play a pivotal role in suicide prevention and postvention on campus.  Transition into college is a time of growth into adult roles, increased freedoms and responsibility and associated stress for students.  It is also a time when major mental illness and substance abuse may enter a student’s life.  When a crisis occurs, campus public safety personnel play an integral role in working with students in crisis, maintaining safety for people at risk for suicide and coordinating with other campus and community partners to support students and the community during and in the aftermath of a crisis.  This panel will be an opportunity to engage with campus public safety professionals and better understand their role as partners in suicide prevention.


A2: Use of Collaborative Safety Planning in Schools        

Greg A Marley, LCSW Clinical Director, NAMI Maine

Best practice recommendations for addressing and managing suicide risk include use of a good assessment tool for determining risk and guiding intervention.  A vital next step is the collaborative development and use of a Safety Plan to help a student manage themselves during and following periods of crisis.  A Safety Plan is a tool and a process for working with a student and family to identify and use coping skills, social and family support and providers.  It is often used with people at increased risk for suicide, but is an excellent tool for use with anyone at risk for escalating crisis.  This session will provide the tools and process for implementing safety planning for supporting students at risk in Maine schools.


A3: Suicide Prevention & Veterans 101

Chaplin (Colonel) Andrew L. Gibson & Hannah Longley

Military 101 is a broad overview of the structure and culture of the American Military.  Based upon over 29 years of experience in the Maine Army National Guard, including two long term deployments overseas, Chaplain (Colonel) Andy Gibson will lead a lecture based discussion on how the distinct culture of the military effects the spirit and/or the essence of the individual and how that can lead to barriers, advantages, and misconceptions in the civilian world.  We will look at the branches of the military, the essential values that form our culture, core beliefs, and spirit in order to better understand the effects of military service. Participants will also be given an overview of the impact of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, and suicide amongst the military. Over 12% of Maine’s population has served in the military, and their service directly effects well over twice that number within the community.  This presentation is essential to working with Currently Serving Military Members, Veterans, and their families.


A4: Community Coordination to Prevent Suicide

Facilitator: Rich Chammings, Clinical Director, Crisis & Counseling Centers

Panelists will include representatives from Crisis & Counseling Centers, Waterville Police Department, Maine General, Kennebec Behavioral Health, Motivational Services, and the peer community.

Crisis & Counseling Centers is privileged to facilitate a panel conversation with their close community partners in suicide prevention.  The collaboration between eclectic community entities is imperative to supporting the efficiency and efficacy of suicide prevention and the promotion of comprehensive behavioral healthcare.  Representatives from community mental health, law enforcement, public health and the peer community will describe the strengths and barriers that exist in the current system, and will discuss what is needed to continue to support positive outcomes for consumers. 


Afternoon Session Details:              


B1: Safety Plans Across the Continuum

Deborah Stewart, RN, BSN, MBA

 Behavioral Health clients are at an increased risk for suicide.  Maintaining safety for these clients is a process that spans inpatient care, outpatient services, community care and family supports.  Without adequate skills and tools, this population remains vulnerable.  Some of the tools can be learned in either inpatient or outpatient settings and some require community and/or family involvement.  We will look at the resources available to the Behavioral health patient beginning in the inpatient setting and follow through to the discharge home and beyond.


B2: Resilience: How Adverse Childhood Events can be balanced in a person’s Life

Greg Marley, LCSW

For two decades we have had a growing recognition of the impact of childhood abuse and neglect on the physical and mental health of an individual throughout their life.  In short, the more adverse childhood events (ACEs) a person experiences in their life the higher the risk of chronic illnesses, depression, obesity, substance abuse problems and risk for suicide attempts.  More recent is the recognition that building and supporting resilience in a person’s life can help balance ACE scores and support a healthier life.  Join us for a viewing of James Redford’s award winning 2016 documentary Resilience and a discussion of opportunities to increase resilience in the lives of people.  This is a session about hope!


B3: Moral Injury: A Veteran’s Loss

Carrie Gosselin, LCPC & SSG Fredrick Moody

Moral Injury, a concept that has been around for quite some time but is gaining more traction and attention, is described as an experience that violates core ethical and moral beliefs. Though Moral Injury can lead to symptoms severe enough to meet the definition of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), it is its own distinct type of trauma. Attendees will learn more about what Moral Injury means and how it relates to our Veterans struggling with their service to our country as well as potential impact it has on current suicide rates and challenges faced in treatment. Attendees will also have the opportunity to listen to a veteran's personal story and challenges he has encountered with his own moral injury and trauma related to his service.


B4: Engaging Youth in Suicide Prevention & Mental Health Campaigns

Heather Carter, MA

In order to make the strongest impact on high risk populations we must include them in every step of the process. Youth are no different. When included, they are more apt to be invested and engaged in the process and the outcome. There are safe, best practice ways to make that happen. Come discuss how to actively engage youth in your school’s or agency’s suicide prevention efforts. We’ll discuss options for engagement at different levels and look at some sample campaigns that youth have led in the past


B5: Putting it Together: Understanding the Relationship Between Suicide and Substance Abuse

Presenter/Panel Members Sheila Nelson, Cheryl Cichowski, Christine Theriault

Despite sharing many community and individual risk factors, substance use and suicide prevention often take place in separate “silos.”  The presenters will provide information on the many connections between substance use and suicide across the spectrum of prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery.  Participants will be challenged to consider how they can use an integrated approach to substance use and suicide prevention in their work with individuals and communities.