Suicide prevention focus of conference

BOWLING GREEN, O.—A combination of nationally known leaders and local experts in suicide prevention will be part of the Wood County Suicide Prevention Coalition Conference on April 29. The conference runs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the French Quarter Holiday Inn in Perrysburg and is offered by the Wood County Suicide Prevention Coalition, assisted by Bowling Green State University’s office of Continuing & Extended Education.  

Dr. Jerry Reed, executive director of the National Suicide Prevention Resource Center, will give the first presentation at 8:45 a.m. “Current Issues/Progress in the Field of Suicide Prevention” will look at socioeconomic status and educational attainment as related to suicide risk and how to make a difference in clients’ health and well-being through effective interventions and plans.

Dr. David Jobes, psychology professor at The Catholic University of America, will discuss “Managing Suicidal Risk: A Collaborative Approach” at 10:30 a.m. Jobes will cover guidelines for assessing and treating the suicidal person, how to provide hope to the suicidal client, developing a suicide-specific treatment plan and tracking progress.

Breakout sessions in the afternoon will cover issues related to the elderly, military, children, adolescents, co-occurring disorders, and the role of faith-based communities.

The cost is $90 for professionals seeking CEU’s and $50 for everyone else.  Lunch is included. For more information, or to register, visit http://cee.bgsu.edu/page92589.html, or e-mail Sara Smith at millsar@bgsu.edu.

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(Posted March 16, 2011 )