Agenda

 

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.

Agenda

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)
Description: 

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