National LOSS Team Conference 2019



The Tulare County Suicide Prevention Task Force is excited to announce that the 2019 National LOSS (Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors) Team Conference will be taking place in Visalia, CA. This year's conference will be held on October 8 & 9, 2019, at the Visalia Convention Center, with a special training session of Assessing & Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR) offered on October 10 at Fresno Pacific University’s Visalia Campus.  

In partnership with the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) and Tulare County HHSA, the Task Force is pleased to announce that registration for the National LOSS Team Conference is now open.  

Titled “A Community of Hope,” the conference is geared toward suicide loss survivors, clinicians, first responders, active military and veterans, faith-based and non-governmental organizations, educators, family members, and other supporters who seek to learn more about suicide prevention, intervention, postvention, and care and support. 


Conference Highlights 

We'll be featuring presentations from: 

•  Dr. Frank Campbell – LOSS Team pioneer  

•  Dr. Don Belau and Dave Miers – Nebraska LOSS Team members  

•  Dr. Lanny Berman – Author and former AAS Executive Director  

•  Dr. DeQuincy Lezine – Author and AAS Attempt Survivors/Lived Experience Division Chair 

•  Kevin Briggs – Retired California Highway Patrol officer and author of Guardian of the Golden Gate 

•  Govan Martin – Retired Pennsylvania State Police Officer and Executive Director of Prevent Suicide PA 

•  Kim Ruocco – Vice President of Suicide Prevention and Postvention for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)  

•  Sarah Bernes – Behavioral Health Specialist with the International Association of Fire Fighters 

•  Armen Bacon – Co-author of the book Griefland 

•  Lorelle Miller – International artist with a special interactive healing installation titled Sacred Space 

•  A screening of the documentary The S Word with director Lisa Klein 

•  Breakouts, workshops, a healing room, game night, and much, much more! 



2-day tickets: Conference registration is $200 for both days and includes continuing education credits for vetted presentations, lunch both days, and admission to our screening of The S Word documentary. 

1-day tickets: Single-day tickets are available at $100 per day, for either Tuesday or Wednesday, and also include continuing education credits for vetted presentations, lunch, and admission to our screening of The S Word documentary. 

AMSR: We are hosting an Assessing & Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR) training on Thursday, October 10, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is $100 and includes continuing education credits. Capacity is limited to 75 attendees. 


Discount for Loss Survivors  

Suicide loss survivors will receive a 50% discount when they apply the code NLTC:LossSurvivor (case sensitive with no spaces).


Continuing Education Units

Our conference has been approved for up to a possible 16.5 Continuing Education credits if both days of our conference is attended as well as the screening of the documentary The S Word. We are not charging an additional fee to obtain CEs! More information is available in our Continuing Education section.


Online Training for Attendees 

For registered attendees, a special code offer for free online training through Relias Learning Systems will be available. The training path is titled “Suicide Risk and Postvention for Suicide Loss Survivors” and offers CEUs.   


Additional Information

The conference will focus on advancing postvention efforts. Postvention takes place in the aftermath of a suicide. These responses can take many forms, on a spectrum from active postvention to delayed responses. Efforts can be housed within a governmental entity, a school system, within a private organization such as a hospice or mental/behavioral health provider, or through the diligence of a few community members.

Active postvention responses take place immediately following the discovery of a decedent and seek to provide services, support, and linkage as promptly as possible. Delayed responses can take place days, weeks, months, or years after a loss and seek to provide the bereaved with supports and information to help them, wherever they are in their healing journey.

Often, no response takes place in a community. This can lead to feelings of isolation, guilt, and shame as the bereaved attempt to find a path forward. Fortunate communities have resources such as peer support groups. The bereaved can struggle for long periods of time before seeking or receiving help.

The LOSS Team model seeks to reduce delays in healing by offering resources and supports as immediately as possible following a suicide. This includes seasoned teams, newly created teams, and information and resources for those who wish to learn more about the LOSS Team model and possible implementation.

Learn more about LOSS Teams by visiting Dr. Frank Campbell's website:


Conference Topics

1) New/existing LOSS Teams
2) Loss Survivors
3) Attempt Survivors/Lived Experience
4) First Responders including LEA/Coroner/Veterans and Active Military
5) Family Members & Supports
6) Schools/Education
7) Self-care
8) Grief & Healing

Conference brochure download (PNG)