Tulare County is hosting the National LOSS Team Conference in 2019. The conference will be held on October 8 & 9, 2019. The conference venue is currently the Visalia Convention Center. Our planning is underway and we are striving to develop a solid conference experience.
The purpose of 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. Delay 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 where they are in their healing journey.
Often, no response takes place in a community. This can lead to feelings of isolation, guilt, 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. This includes seasoned teams, newly created teams, and information and resources for those that wish to learn more about the LOSS Team model and possible implementation.
Learn more about LOSS Teams by visiting Dr. Frank Campbell's website http://lossteam.com.
Potential Conference Tracks
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 (NAMI)
2) Volunteer Coordination
3) Venue Logistics
4) Presenter Coordination
Additional Potential Activities
1) Kids/Family Camp
2) Screening at the Fox - S Word, Slick Rock
3) Paint Night
4) Self Care