Schedule

Pre-Symposium Webinar
August 12, 2020
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Recent Suicide Prevention Trends: What Have We Been Learning?

The presenters will present recent trends in Vermont suicide and related data. Special populations that will be described include youth, LGBTQ+, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, females and older adults.

Presenters
Tom Delaney, PhD
Dr. Delaney is based in the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program in the UVM Larner College of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics.
Caitlin Jelinek, MPH
Caitlin Jelinek is very passionate about analyzing data to understand and survey populations at-risk for suicide, and how these data can help influence public health decision making.

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Suicide Prevention In Vermont: Comprehensive Systems Overview

This session has been designed for those who are new to the VT Suicide Prevention efforts and provides an overview of key partners, major initiatives & activities as well as the foundation of our work – the VT Suicide Prevention Platform.

Presenters
JoEllen Tarallo, Ed.D., MCHES, FASHA, HC
Dr. JoEllen Tarallo is Executive Director of the Center for Health and Learning (CHL), a comprehensive health promotion organization, and Director of the VT Suicide Prevention Center (VT-SPC).
Tracy Dolan, MS
Tracy Dolan, Vermont Deputy Health Commissioner, provides overall leadership for a range of public health programs in the department, and manages coordination of services with the Agency of Human Services and other departments and agencies throughout the state.
Alison Krompf, MA
Alison received her BA in Psychology from Colgate University, a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and is currently pursuing her PhD in Organizational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Vermont.

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Pre-Symposium Webinar
August 13, 2020
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
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August 18, 2020
8:45 AM to 9:00 AM
August 18, 2020
9:00 AM to 9:30 AM

Welcome

The View from Vermont

Presenter
JoEllen Tarallo, Ed.D., MCHES, FASHA, HC
Dr. JoEllen Tarallo is Executive Director of the Center for Health and Learning (CHL), a comprehensive health promotion organization, and Director of the VT Suicide Prevention Center (VT-SPC).

Bringing Resiliency Into Focus

In a series of snapshots, Dese’Rae L. Stage, an award-winning artist, mom, suicidologist, activist, and MSW student, will share her experiences with suicidal thoughts (and sometimes more) over the course of her lifetime.

Presenter
Dese’Rae L. Stage
Dese’Rae L. Stage, an award-winning artist, mom, suicidologist, and activist will Bring Resiliency Into Focus with personal stories.

Keynote Address
August 18, 2020
9:30 AM to 10:00 AM
TED-Style Talk
August 18, 2020
10:00 AM to 10:15 AM

A Veteran’s Perspective On Suicide Survival And Prevention

This workshop covers Joe’s personal experiences as a United States Army Veteran of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and as a suicide attempt survivor.

Presenter
Joseph Smith, US Army Veteran, Suicide Survivor
Joe Smith served for 6 1/2 years in the United States Army as an Infantryman deployed to serve in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm with the 101st Airborne Division.

Widening The Lens: Social Justice And Racial Equity In Suicide Prevention

In order to begin to address the disparity in efforts around suicide prevention, we need to widen our lens to include a perspective of social justice and racial equity.

Presenters
Pata Suyemoto, Ph.D.
Dr. Pata Suyemoto is a feminist scholar, writer, educator, diversity trainer, mental health activist, jewelry designer, and avid bicyclist.
Jennifer Kelliher
Jennifer Kelliher has been the Managing Director of the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention since 2012.

Keynote Address
August 18, 2020
10:15 AM to 10:45 AM
Break
August 18, 2020
10:45 AM to 11:00 AM

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Morning Workshops and Panels

Registration enables users to attend one of these breakout sessions live, in addition to watching any of the recorded workshops later.

Improving Resiliency for Older Adults at Risk for Suicide
Learn about the approach of care coordinators and wellness nurses who perform screenings, provide education and intervene as necessary with counseling, make referral to specialists, and assist in living well connecting their older adults with peers.
Community Collaborations for Zero Suicide: The Lamoille County Experience
A panel of collaborators share some of the stories, challenges and successes, and their vision for the future which is now shared.
Zero Suicide Pathway to Care: Addressing the Challenges of Systems Engagement
In this workshop, there will be a discussion on those practices and methodology and ways to overcome obstacles.
Integrating Suicide Focused Care in Primary & Specialty Care
In this workshop, presenters will describe a model for Integrated Behavioral Health & the application of Collaborative Assessment of Suicide (CAMS) in primary and specialty care practices.
Leveraging your Experience While Honoring the Sacred
Join Elaine as she examines experiences in the aftermath of suicide, to include perspectives of loss survivors and first responders.
Reframing Resiliency: Doing More And Asking Less Of The LGBTQIA+ Community
Leventry will provide personal stories from their own experiences while highlighting statistics from national and local surveys that confirm the LGBTQIA+ community suffers a disproportionately higher rate of self-harm, suicide ideation, and suicide compared to straight, cisgender peers.

Workshops
August 18, 2020
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Break
August 18, 2020
12:00 PM to 12:20 PM

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Thought Leader Presentation

Kick back and enjoy lunch while listening to inspirational presentations from industry thought leaders.

Inspirational Lunch
August 18, 2020
12:20 PM to 1:00 PM
Keynote Address
August 18, 2020
1:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Away from No way: Every Child Has a Story, Every Story Deserves Heroes

Hasan will share the simple strategies his personal champions employed to help him complete the “JD shuffle” and go from Hasan Davis Juvenile Delinquent to Hasan Davis Juris Doctor.

Presenter
Hasan Davis, J.D.
For more than 25 years, Hasan has held to the belief that each child can and will succeed as long as adults in their world create hope.

Amazing Presenters!

Mary T. Mcquiggan, LICSW

Mary is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has focused her work on supporting adolescents and their families with navigating...

Rebecca Chaplin

Rebecca Chaplin, MS, MSW is Social Work Care Coordinator assigned full time to a OBGYN specialty care practice through a...

Catherine Marrin, MSW, LICSW

Catherine Marrin, MSW, LICSW Is Team Leader for the Integrated Health Team and supports the behavioral health social workers imbedded...

Steve Broer, Psy.D.

Steve Broer, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist & Director of Behavioral Health Services at Northwestern Counseling & Support Services.

Brittany Rhoads, LCMHC

Brittany Rhoads, LCMHC is an Adult Outpatient Clinician at Lamoille County Mental Health Services (LCMHS). LCMHS is a Designated Agency,...

Victor Armstrong, MSW

Victor Armstrong joined North Carolina DHHS as Director of the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, Substance Abuse Services...

Xusana Davis, Esq.

Xusana Davis works to identify and address systemic racial disparities and support the state’s efforts to expand & diversify Vermont’s...

Auburn Watersong, BA, M.Div

For more than twenty-five years, Auburn Watersong has been a tenacious advocate for those struggling with the effects of trauma...

Reid Plimpton, MPH

Reid is the Project Manager for the federally funded (HRSA/FORHP) Northeast Telehealth Resource Center (NETRC), a member of the National...

Amber Leventry

Amber Leventry is a queer, nonbinary writer and advocate. They live in Vermont and have three kids, including twins and...

Sarah Squirrell, MS, Commissioner, Vermont Department of Mental Health

Sarah Squirrell, Commissioner of Vermont Department of Mental Health, has over 20 years of experience in community mental health and...

Alison Krompf, MA

Alison received her BA in Psychology from Colgate University, a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and is currently...

Tracy Dolan, MS

Tracy Dolan, Vermont Deputy Health Commissioner, provides overall leadership for a range of public health programs in the department, and...

Keith Clark, US Air Force Veteran

Keith Clark was a member of the U.S. Air Force before becoming a police officer in 1991. He was a...

Peter Espenshade, MA, CRC

Peter Espenshade is proud of his long-term recovery and has been the president of Recovery Vermont and VAMHAR since 2013.

Larry Davidson, Ph.D

Larry Davidson is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine, where he founded and directs the Program...

Kurt Michael, BA, MS, PhD

Dr. Kurt Michael is the Stanley R. Aeschleman Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Appalachian State University.

Becky Stoll, LCSW

Becky Stoll serves as Vice President for Crisis and Disaster Management for Centerstone.

Terresa Humphries-Wadsworth, Ph.D

Terresa Humphries-Wadsworth, a licensed psychologist and highly experienced public speaker, is an expert in mental health promotion, suicide prevention, postvention,...

Rebecca Bell, MD, MPH

Dr. Bell is a Pediatric Critical Care physician at the University of Vermont Children's Hospital and an Associate Professor of...

Break
August 18, 2020
1:30 PM to 1:45 PM
Workshops
August 18, 2020
1:45 PM to 2:45 PM

Afternoon Workshops and Panels

Registration enables users to attend one of these breakout sessions live, in addition to watching any of the recorded workshops later.

Lethal Means Safety and Suicide Prevention: New Approaches for Firearm Safe Storage Counseling
Drs. Bell and Delaney will present an innovative approach they have developed for training providers on how to engage clients/patients on firearm safe storage practices, both for suicide prevention and as a broader approach to firearm injury prevention for children and families.
Care Transitions: Best Practices, Innovation, and Community-based Connections
Join us in examining practical examples of innovative strategies to build a ZERO GAP in care transitions for those with identified suicide risk.
Comprehensive Suicide Prevention in K-12 Schools
The workshop is designed to inform school mental health providers and educators on the feasibility, acceptability, and effectiveness of CAMS and CALM with students in K-12 schools.
Strategies for Engaging Students in Success
In this workshop, Hasan will explore the foundation of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and the impact of non-cognitive engagement on student culture, behavior, and norms.
The Nature and Roles of Mental Health Peer Support
This workshop addresses the history, nature, and roles of peer support and what we have learned about its evidence and benefits, and how it can be applied to suicide prevention.
Telehealth & Suicide Prevention: Supporting Mental Health Clients Remotely
Engage with “telehealth guru” Reid Plimpton from the Northeast Telehealth Resource Center (NETRC) as he shares Telehealth 101 for Mental Health Providers which provides an overview on subjects such as: how to choose a telehealth platform, equipment needs, HIPAA considerations, reimbursement, licensure, and an orientation to readily-available telehealth resources through the NETRC, and other national organizations.

Take a Break

Break
August 18, 2020
2:45 PM to 3:00 PM
TED-Style Talk
August 18, 2020
3:00 PM to 3:15 PM

Drowning while Flying High: When a Leader Struggles with Depression and Suicidal Thoughts

Law Enforcement leaders deal with intense levels of stress which can and often do lead to depression and suicidal ideation.

Presenter
Keith Clark, US Air Force Veteran
Keith Clark was a member of the U.S. Air Force before becoming a police officer in 1991. He was a patrol officer in Dover, VT before becoming a patrol sergeant with the Bellows Falls Police Department in 2000.

Lets Talk: System Growth for Human Growth. Evolving Systems to Fit the Needs of All

In a time where human connection and accountability is so illuminated, is this an opportunity to disrupt and redefine our personal systems of accountability, care, and connection? In a world that strives for efficiency, how can we create tools for wellness that address the diverse histories and experiences that shape us? Join this dynamic panel of experts and thought leaders for a conversation to explore actionable pathways to equitable care and connection in uncertain times.

Presenters
Auburn Watersong, BA, M.Div
For more than twenty-five years, Auburn Watersong has been a tenacious advocate for those struggling with the effects of trauma and toxic stress that result in part from systemic oppression, violence, abuse, and poverty.
Xusana Davis, Esq.
Xusana Davis works to identify and address systemic racial disparities and support the state’s efforts to expand & diversify Vermont’s population.
Victor Armstrong, MSW
Victor Armstrong joined North Carolina DHHS as Director of the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, Substance Abuse Services in March of 2020, with responsibility and oversight of the public community-based mental health, intellectual and other developmental disabilities, substance use, and traumatic brain injury system in North Carolina.

Inspirational Conclusion
August 18, 2020
3:15 PM to 4:00 PM
End of Day Chat
August 18, 2020
4:00 PM to 4:30 PM

End of Day Send-off and Chat Session

Vermont Suicide Prevention Symposium 2020

Bringing Resiliency into Focus

August 18, 2020

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