2021

Intentional Organizational Wellness

Presented by: Cheryl Sharp, MSW, ALWS, Susan Swindell, Licensed Psychologist–Master, and Matthew MacNeil, M.A., M.Ed., Ed.D., LCMHC Organization wellness does not happen in a vacuum. It takes effort, intention and planning. Find out how two Vermont organizations have made it part of their organization culture. Presentation Summary: Organizational and employee wellness in a trauma informed environment is essential. …

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Protective Factors in Suicide Prevention- Why It’s Important to Understand the Good Stuff

Presented by: David Rettew, MD This presentation will take a positive psychiatry perspective on suicide prevention and describe how qualities such as connectedness, optimism, and self-efficacy can help reduce suicidality. Presentation Summary: A great deal of suicide prevention work is appropriately focused on identifying and addressing risk factors such as depression and trauma. While these efforts are …

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Youth Powered Suicide Prevention

Presented by: Stan Collins, NREMT This presentation will describe the work of a Cultural Brokering program developed and implemented in Vermont to address behavioral health disparities in former refugee and immigrant communities. Presentation Summary: The goal of the Vermont Cultural Brokering program is to raise awareness about the mental health and substance use treatment, connect community …

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The Importance of Cultural Brokering Work to Address Behavioral Health Disparities

Presented by: Mercedes Avila, PhD This presentation will describe the work of a Cultural Brokering program developed and implemented in Vermont to address behavioral health disparities in former refugee and immigrant communities. Presentation Summary: The goal of the Vermont Cultural Brokering program is to raise awareness about the mental health and substance use treatment, connect community …

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Intentional self-poisoning in young people- Prevention, identification, treatment and referral in primary care and other settings

Presented by:  Tom Delaney, PhD, Logan Hegg, PsyD, and Rachael Comeau, Ed.D Rates of intentional self-poisoning, a common form of self-harm in young people, have increased substantially in recent years in Vermont and nationally. In Vermont, between late 2020 and early 2021 the incidence of intentional self-poisoning has increased even more rapidly, possibly due to impacts of …

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Substance Use Disorders and Suicide in Rural Communities

Presented by: Sanchit Maruti, MD, MS This workshop provides an improved understanding and practical approaches for evaluating and managing individuals with suicidal ideation in Rural communities. Presentation Summary: Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States accounting for over 47,500 deaths in 2019. Additionally there were over 1.38 Million suicide attempts in 2019. …

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