Pre Conference Training Sessions

Please note that these are not for CEU Accreditation

Pre-Conference Training Sessions will take place on Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Session #1:

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Title: ARNG SPPM Training

Short Description Blurb:

The ARNG SPPM Training will focus on policy updates and program management requirements for state level suicide prevention program managers. Topics of discussion will include suicide surveillance, training of gatekeepers, suicide response, postvention support, policy/campaign plan updates, FY 13 funding and ARNG suicide prevention way ahead.

Session #2:

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Title: Cognitive Behavior Therapy for the Prevention of Suicide

Short Description Blurb:

This one-day training seminar will provide an overview of various evidence-informed cognitive behavioral strategies that can be utilized for the treatment of military personnel and veterans with suicide-related ideation and/or behaviors. The participants will become familiar with the components of a brief 10-session outpatient and an adapted 6-session inpatient treatment protocol. Emphasis will be placed on specific techniques of intervention to assist mental health providers and chaplains in maximizing the safety of suicidal individuals. Instructors will provide attendees helpful resources, offer opportunities to practice learned strategies within a group setting, and answer questions about expected implementation challenges.

Session #3:

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Title: VA Suicide Prevention Coordinator Meeting

Short Description Blurb:

This session’s intent is to provide the VA Suicide prevention coordinators with updated information regarding suicide prevention activities within the VA.

Session #4:

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Title: Navy Operational Stress Leader Workshop

Short Description Blurb:

The Navy Operational Stress Control (OSC) Leader Training is a 4-hour course designed to provide practical and effective specialized training to Navy Officers and Chief Petty Officers. Leaders play a critical role in helping sailors and their families recognize and address combat and operational stress issues. The Navy OSC Leader training helps leaders understand that role while enhancing their skills. Line leaders will leave this course better prepared to recognize stress reactions in shipmates and provide them with the appropriate help.

Session #5a:

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Title: ACE-Suicide Intervention (SI) Skills Train-the-Trainer Workshop

Short Description Blurb:

What does “ACE” Training Offer? “ACE” teaches soldiers how to recognize suicidal behavior in fellow soldiers and the warning signs that accompany it. It also targets those soldiers most at risk for suicide and least likely to seek help due to stigma. “ACE” increases a soldier’s confidence to ask if a battle buddy is thinking of suicide, teaches active listening skills, and encourages soldiers to take a battle buddy directly to the chain of command, chaplain or behavioral health provider.

Never leave a battle buddy alone!

Session #5b:

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Title: ACE-Suicide Intervention (SI) Skills Train-the-Trainer Workshop

Short Description Blurb:

What does “ACE” Training Offer? “ACE” teaches soldiers how to recognize suicidal behavior in fellow soldiers and the warning signs that accompany it. It also targets those soldiers most at risk for suicide and the least likely to seek help due to stigma. “ACE” increases a soldier's confidence to ask if a battle buddy is thinking of suicide, teaches active listening skills, and encourages soldiers to take a battle buddy directly to the chain of command, chaplain or behavioral health provider.

Never leave a battle buddy alone!

Session #6:

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Title: Data Collection and Monitoring

Short Description Blurb: This training workshop on data collection, monitoring and surveillance of suicide-related data will define surveillance and its role in the prevention of suicidal behavior. Key concepts and methods will be highlighted through discussion of VA & DoD surveillance activities. The types of surveillance systems and the relationship to prevention efforts will be discussed. This session will also identify some emerging issues in surveillance of suicide-related information.

Session #7:

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Title: Back to Basics: Enhancing the Spiritual Well-Being of our Service Members, Veterans and their Families

Short Description Blurb:

The chaplains of the armed forces and VA have a vital role in the prevention of suicide and well-being of service members, veterans and their families. This session will explore the role of chaplains to reduce suicide and other support necessary to promote well-being.

Session #8:

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Title: Community Postvention

Short Description Blurb:

When a service member dies by suicide, the surviving family is faced with numerous issues which interfere with their ability to have a healthy grief process and can complicate their relationships with the unit, investigators, their families and support systems. Comprehensive postvention care can improve communication between all those left behind, as well as set the family on a course of healing. These survivors, who are at increased risk for suicide themselves, can greatly benefit from immediate support, assessment and referral. For reserve component units, being prepared to work collaboratively with community service providers is an important consideration following the suicide of a service member. This session will provide specific information on the presenting issues as well as strategies for providing the best care. Participants will also be able to identify the roles of key service providers in responding to suicide and strategies for promoting healing for family, service members and communities after a suicide.

Session #9:

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Title: Monthly Suicide Prevention and Risk Reduction Committee (SPARRC) Meeting

No Registration - Closed Meeting for SPARRC Participants

Description of SPARRC Committee: Suicide Prevention and Risk Reduction Committee (SPARRC) is chaired by Ms. Jackie Garrick, Acting Director of the Department of Defense Suicide Prevention Office. SPARRC provides a forum for the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to partner and coordinate suicide prevention and risk reduction initiatives. Members include suicide prevention program managers from each of the services, representatives from the National Guard Bureau, Reserve Affairs, Office of Armed Forces Medical Examiner, National Center for Telehealth and Technology as well as resource experts from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and other federal partners. SPARRC is a valuable venue to support collaboration and knowledge exchange on initiatives for suicide prevention and the impact on service members, veterans and their families.

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