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2017 Pennsylvania Higher Education

Suicide Prevention Conference

“We All Have a Role”

March 13 & 14, 2017
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA

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Please Note: We have given CMU our final head count and are no longer able to reimburse for anyone who cancels at this point. If you have any questions or concerns contact Matthew Wintersteen.

In addition, we are aware of the weather forecast for Tuesday, and at this point, we are planning to proceed with the HESPC Conference.  However, all registrants should make the plans with which you are most comfortable.  If we anticipate any changes or cancellations, we will update the website accordingly.

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We invite you to join us for our second annual higher education suicide prevention conference sponsored by the Higher Education Suicide Prevention Coalition, and funded by grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and The Scattergood Foundation.

Each faculty, staff, and student plays a part in promoting positive mental health on campus, and when it comes to suicide prevention, we all need each other. One person may recognize that a student is in distress, another may be a listening ear, a third may be the one who directs to the help that is needed, another may treat the student, and another may help with reducing stress. Knowing that each part is valuable and needed to provide emotional, behavioral, and mental health support for our students, our theme for the 2017 HESPC Conference is “We All Have a Role.”

This focus brings with it a public health approach of suicide prevention. As such, our breakout sessions will focus on three spheres of health; universal, targeted, and indicated.

Universal Sphere

Breakout sessions in this sphere will feature presentations and trainings pertaining to working with all students and building their capacities.

Targeted Sphere

Breakout sessions in this sphere will feature presentations and trainings that focus on specific campus populations who are at an increased risk for mental health concerns and/or suicidal ideation or who might experience unique challenges in college.

Indicated Sphere

Breakout sessions in this sphere will feature presentations and trainings pertaining to working with one or a small group of students.

Student Mental Health Ambassadors

Perhaps you are a student or have a student on campus who already is a champion for positive mental health practices on your campus; or, perhaps you’d like to see a student group form. This track will allow students to gain information on mental health promotion and suicide prevention, allow time for students to glean both from professionals and peers on ways to bring programming to campus, and empower students to think big about ways to impact the campus culture around mental health. We are partnering with Active Minds and The Jed Foundation to provide content specific for students in our “Student Mental Health Ambassadors Track”.

While students are welcome to attend the entire conference, this track will officially begin with Lunch on Monday, March 13. There is a bus option to get students to the conference. See details below under “Travel Information”


Click here to access the full conference brochure. We will be providing a printed general agenda when you arrive, however, this full brochure has all of the breakout descriptions and conference center map. We encourage you to download and save the brochure, or the link, to your device. You may also print a copy to bring to the conference.

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Conference Fees & Registration

To register for the conference, please click here. The following fees include registration, lunch, and snacks on both days:

Campus Faculty & Staff $100
Full-Time Students $20
Campus Faculty & Staff plus Counseling Staff Dinner
(see information below, this fee also includes dinner on 3/13)

Credit Information

We will be providing CE from Drexel University for a fee of $35.00 to be paid when you register. Be sure to select the “Continuing Education Credit” in the “Additional Item” section of the registration page. Below you will find the accreditation statements.

Educational Objectives

By the completion of this conference, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify strategies used by colleges and universities to reduce the likelihood of suicidal behavior by students
  2. Recogize important aspects of campus-based policies to reduce suicidal behavior on college campuses and support students at increased risk for suicide
  3. Develop feasible suicide prevention strategies that can be implemented on a college campus

Target Audience

  • Student Health Staff, Counseling Center Staff, Residence Life Staff, Student Life Deans and Staff.
  • Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, and Marriage & Family Therapists

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APA (Psychology): Drexel University College of Medicine, Behavioral Healthcare Education is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Drexel University College of Medicine, Behavioral Healthcare Education maintains responsibility for the program and its content. This program is being offered for up to 9.5 hours of continuing education.

ASWB: This organization, Drexel University College of Medicine/Behavioral Healthcare Education, provider #1065, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education ACE program. The Drexel University College of Medicine/Behavioral Healthcare Education maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period 7/27/2014 to 7/27/2017. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 9.5 hours of clinical or social work ethics continuing education clock hours.

  • Social work practice level(s) course targets: All presentations designated as Universal and Targeted are beginner. All presentations designated as Indicated are intermediate.
  • Please refer to the conference brochure for instructors qualifications.
  • All conference buildings are handicapped accessible. Please contact Rose Milani (215-503-6456) to request accommodations for individuals with disabilities

 If you have questions or concerns please contact Rose Milani, 215-503-6456.

PA Nurses: Drexel University College of Medicine, Behavioral Healthcare Education is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the PA State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Participants will be awarded a maximum of 9.5 contact hours for attending this program.

Networking Opportunities

Networking Fair

On Monday, March 13 from 5:15-6:15 pm we invite you to participate in the Networking Fair. This event is an opportunity for campus representatives to display information about suicide prevention efforts taking place on their campus and to connect with others doing similar work.  Tabling space is limited. To confirm a spot at the networking fair, please contact Perri Rosen.

Counseling Center Networking Dinner

We are offering a unique opportunity for counseling center directors and staff to meet and greet with one another at a dinner in CMU’s Cohon Center on Monday, March 13, following the networking fair. In order to attend, you will need to select the “Campus Faculty & Staff plus Counseling Staff Dinner” option in Eventbrite when you register. You must register by March 1st if you plan to attend the dinner. Please direct any questions about this dinner to Rose Milani.

Travel and Accommodations

For more information click here.

To register for the conference, please click here. If you have any conference-related questions, please feel free to contact Rose Milani.