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: Kevin Briggs with Pivotal Points

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

10:30 to Noon               Breakout Round 1

Noon to 12:30 p.m.       Lunch Served

12:30 to 1:15 p.m.         Lunch Keynote: Govan Marin III with Prevent Suicide PA

1:15 to 2:45 p.m.           Afternoon General Session
                                      Keynote: "Grief to Growth"
                                      Kim Ruocco of the 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

5:00 to 6:00 p.m.           Dinner Break - On Own

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


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


Wednesday, October 9

8:00 to 10:15 a.m.         Morning General Session
                                      Panel: Transmitting Hope - from loss survivor to LOSS Team member
                                      Keynote: Dr. Lanny Berman

"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?"

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

10:30 to Noon               Breakout Round 3

Noon to 1:00 p.m.         Lunch Served

1:00 to 2:45 p.m.           Breakout Round 4

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

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


Thursday, October 10 - After Conference (additional cost)

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


Keynote Presentations

Title: 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: Alan "Lanny" Berman, PhD

Title: Crisis Interventions with Suicidal Individuals
Presenter: Kevin Briggs, Retired California Highway Patrol Sergeant

Title: Grief to Growth
Presenter: Kim Ruocco, MSW, Vice President of Suicide Prevention and Postvention with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

Over the past decade, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) has served over 13,000 suicide loss survivors, and has developed a best-practice postvention model to support suicide loss survivors. In the course of developing our model of care, we have discovered some interesting, and perhaps counter-intuitive, truths. For example, while suicide loss is utterly devastating, it is also true that suicide loss survivors are often uniquely positioned to achieve post-traumatic growth after loss. Survivors in the post-traumatic growth phase of TAPS postvention model often describe positive changes in the way they see and interact with the world. While grief is a lifelong journey, many survivors also report enhanced relationships, a deeper capacity for empathy, and a feeling of new meaning and purpose in their lives. This training develops insight around best-practice grief support for suicide loss survivors, with the ultimate goal of helping survivors find new meaning and purpose as they progress along their healing journey.  


Learning objectives: 

  1. Identify at least 3 specific practices that may help people to experience healthy grief 

  1. Describe a reason why suicide loss survivors may be uniquely positioned to achieve post-traumatic growth 

  1. List 2 issues, which if not addressed may interfere with a healthy grief journey 

Breakout Sessions

Title: Why Our Stories Matter
Presenter: Armen Bacon, author

Title: Families Needs Following the Death of a Child to Suicide
Presenter: David Miers, PhD, LIPC

Title: Encouraging Post-traumatic Growth of Suicide Loss Survivors
Presenter: Don Belau, PhD, LIPC #238 NCSP

Title: Supporting Children, Youth & Siblings Through Their Grief Journey
Presenter: Don Belau, PhD, LIPC #238 NCSP

Title: Helping Your Clients Recover and Grow After a Suicidal Crisis
Presenter: DeQuincy A. Lezine, PhD

Title: So You Want to Start a LOSS Team? The basics of development from the developer of the Active Postvention Model
Presenter: Frank R. Campbell PhD, LCSW, CT

Title: Assessing Near-Term Risk for Suicide: Risk Factors Associated with the Last 30 Days of Life of People in Clinical Care
Presenter: Alan "Lanny" Berman, PhD

Title: Surviving the Loss of a Client to Suicide
Presenter: Eric Douglass, LMFT

Title: Distress Tolerance Skills for Coping with Loss
Presenter: Eric Douglass, LMFT

Title: Providing Support to Grieving Children Following a Suicide Death
Presenter: Gina Kaulukukui

Title: Grief Following Loss by Suicide Does Not Mean Grieving Forever
Presenter: Jill Jonson-Young, LCSW

Title: Therapeutic Uses of Music for Healing and Building Resiliency
Presenter: Kelli Schofield, MT-BC

Title: Active Listening Skills
Presenter: Kevin Briggs, Retired Sergeant, California Highway Patrol

Title: TAPS Three-Phase Postvention Model
Presenter: Kim Ruocco, MSW

Title: Grief and Trauma
Presenter: Kim Ruocco, MSW

Title: Active Shooter Training
Presenter: Tulare County Sheriff's Department

Title: From Pain to Purpose: Healing by Helping
Presenter: WyKisha McKinney

Title: Causes, Risk, and Prevention of LGBTQ Suicides
Presenter: Poshi Walker, MSW, and Nicole Scanlan, MPA

Keynote: Alan L. Berman, PhD

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?

Keynote: Kim Ruocco

Grief to Growth