Information on all breakout sessions is now available on our website by clicking on each Breakout Session listed below in the Agenda, in our Conference App, and in our 2019 NLTC Conference Guide (PDF). Printed copies of the Conference Guide will be provided during registration check-in.


The National LOSS Team Conference will be held October 8 & 9, 2019. Below is an overview of the agenda. This page will be updated as new information becomes available.


Tuesday, October 8

7:30 to 8:00 a.m.        Registration

8:00 to 10:15 a.m.       Morning General Session
                                       Welcome & Introduction with the Tulare County Suicide Prevention Task Force
                                       Presentation of the Colors & National Anthem by NAS Lemoore

Opening Remarks with:

  • Dr. Frank Campbell
  • Bob Link, Mayor, City of Visalia
  • Tim Hire, Tulare County Superintendent of Schools
  • Devon Mathis, 26th District, California State Assembly
  • Tom Donwen & Jim Pidgeon, AMVETS


 Keynote: "Crisis Interventions with Suicidal Individuals"
 Presenter: Kevin Briggs, California Highway Patrol (retired)


10:15 to 10:30 a.m.      Morning Break

10:30 to Noon               Breakout Round 1 - click for sessions

Noon to 12:30 p.m.       Lunch Served

12:30 to 1:00 p.m.         

1:00 to 2:45 p.m.           Afternoon General Session

Keynote: "Stabilizing Military Units and Organizations After Suicide Loss"
Presenter: Kim Ruocco, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (T.A.P.S.)


2:45 to 3:00 p.m.           Afternoon Break

3:00 to 4:30 p.m.           Breakout Round 2 - click for sessions

4:30 to 6:00 p.m.           Dinner Break - On Own & Social Event: Open Board Games

6:00 to 9:00 p.m.           Screening of THE S WORD DOCUMENTARY and discussion with director Lisa Klein


Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with the screening beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Light refreshments will be served.
This film screening is free to conference attendees.
The screening is open to the public with a $10 ticket fee (registration required).


THE S WORD - Official Trailer from Douglas Blush on Vimeo.


Wednesday, October 9

8:00 to 10:15 a.m.         Morning General Session

Keynote Panel: Transmitting Hope - from loss survivor to LOSS Team member

Panelists: Gina Kaulukukui; Carla Sawyer; Lupe Aguilar; Chandler Westphal; Darcy Massey; Nova Torrez; Dani Blain; Andi DiMeo

Keynote: "Changing the Direction of Suicide Prevention: Why Are We Failing to Reduce the Rate of Suicide in the U.S. and What Do We Need To Do to Get It Right?"
Presenter: Dr. Alan L. Berman

10:15 to 10:30 a.m.       Morning Break

10:30 to Noon               Breakout Round 3 - click for sessions

Noon to 1:00 p.m.         Lunch Served

1:00 to 2:45 p.m.           Breakout Round 4 - click for sessions

2:45 to 3:00 p.m.           Afternoon Break

3:00 to 4:00 p.m.           Afternoon General Session
                                      Closing Ceremonies

"Passport to Healing" drumming with Richard "Buddy" Jones


Thursday, October 10 - After Conference (additional cost)

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Assessing & Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR) workshop (flyer)