Program Schedule

Presenters and time slots are subject to change

  • Thursday, November 9, 2017

    CONFERENCE DAY 1

    7am to 8am – Registration – Grand Foyer

    8am – Welcome and Introductions – Grand Ballroom

    8:15am Plenary Sessions Begin

    12:15 to 1pm – Lunch

    5pm – Afternoon sessions conclude

    5pm to 6pm – Gentle Flow Yoga

    6pm to 9:30pm – Casual dinner and presentation of The S Word

    Goals and Objectives
    The goal of the Kevin’s Song Conference on Suicide is to provide a local forum for those who share an interest in the causes and means of prevention of suicide, including physicians, psychologists, nurses, social workers, clinicians, educators, public policy makers, clergy, crisis center workers, students and veterans, as well as those who have lost a loved one to suicide or had their own suicidal experience to meet. It will be an opportunity to share information about suicide and the repercussions of suicide as well as how to identify and assess those at risk and learn about the means of prevention.

    The following objectives will be featured in program on Thursday:

    • Learn the latest research on suicide, means of prevention and treatment modalities from the leading national and local experts.
    • Suicide is the leading cause of death for youth. Our presenters will discuss the risk to young people and the importance of being prepared to address the suicide crisis in schools.

    Plenary Sessions

    • Thomas Joiner PhD – New Ideas in Suicide Research
    • Segar Parikh, MD, FRCPC; Maria Bastida, MS, APRN, BC; and Cynthia Ewell Foster, PhD; Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program, U of M Depression Center: Suicide in Bipolar Disorder: Risk and Prevention Strategies  
    • Srijan Sen MD PhD – Depression and Suicidal Risk During Physicians Training

    Concurrent Breakouts

    • Cathrine Frank MD, Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Services, Henry Ford Health System – Zero Suicide: Opportunities for Future Prevention
    • Kristin Francis MD – Suicide Among Youth with Eating Disorders: Identification, Assessment, and Evidence-based Treatment Methods
    • Lawrence Wentworth PhD & Justin Kinard LMSW – Internal Family Systems: How to Work with the Suicidal Parts of Clients
    • Christine Hilton LMSW – Dialectic Behavioral Therapy
    • Diane Culik MD and Steven Fischer PhD –Medical and Psychological Causes of Hopelessness and Despair
    • Amelia Lehto – Crisis Center Impact on Communities
    • Jenny Landon – Postpartum Depression: How to Recognize It, Treat It, and Prevent It

    LUNCH

    Plenary Session

    • Cheryl King PhD – TED TALK: The Challenge to Recognize Suicide Risk Among Teenage Males

    Concurrent Breakout

    • Barb Smith, Founder and Certified Trainer/Facilitator, Survivors of Suicide – Safe Talk Part 1
    • Polly Gipson PhD – A Trauma-Informed Approach to Youth Suicide Prevention
    • Nicole Law PsyD – The Hidden Risks of LGBT Youth
    • Patricia K. Smith, Violence Prevention Program Coordinator, Michigan DHHS and Stephanie Lange, Student assessment Specialist, Dakota High School – Keeping Kids Safe: Suicide Assessment and Prevention in Schools
    • Kristin Francis MD – Suicide Among Youth with Eating Disorders: Identification, Assessment, and Evidence-based Treatment Methods
    • Sara Emmerson LLP – The Role of Trauma in Children’s Mental Health

    Concurrent Breakout

    • Barb Smith, Founder and Certified Trainer/Facilitator, Survivors of Suicide – Safe Talk Part 2
    • Jim Hassett MA, LLPC, CT/RTC and Peter Driscoll – Choice Theory and the Practice of the Present Moment: Tools for the Journey
    • Joe Kort PhD – Understanding Males Who Have Been Sexually Abused and Why They Attempt Suicide
    • Panel – Innovative Prevention Programs for Youth  – Dennis Legghio, Founder KnowResolve, Karen Marshall, Sacred Bundle Outreach and Training Coordinator, American Indian HFS, Gigi Colombini LMSW, A SIngle Soul; Diana Conklin, MA, LPC, L’Anse Creuse Public Schools
    • Jean Nemenzik LMSW – Understanding Common Mental Health Crisis and Practical Ways to Respond: A Preview of Mental Health First Aid
    • Alison Paine, BS, MS, NAMI of  Washtenaw County – Ending the Silence: Helping Middle School Students Understand Mental Illness

    Concurrent Breakout

    • Barb Smith, Founder and Certified Trainer/Facilitator, Survivors of Suicide – Safe Talk Part 3
    • Panel – Good Postvention is Prevention Nancy Buyle, Safe Schools/Student Assistance Specialist, Macomb Intermediate School District and Cyindy Cook, Health Consultant, Wayne RESA
    • Kristin Ervin – Creating “Almost Moments” with Mindfulness
    • Amelia Lehto – Social Media: Friend or Foe?
    • Jenny Landon – How the Stigmas of Mental Health and Suicide Impact Treatment and Recovery
    • Alison Paine, BS, MS, NAMI of Washtenaw County – Parents and Teachers as Allies: Communicating with Parents About Warning Signs of Mental Illness in Youth
    • Gigi Colombini, LMSW – Heal, Reconnect, Become: A Eudaimonia Therapeutic Approach

    Gentle Flow Yoga with Chris Emmerson

    Plenary Session

    • Dinner reception followed by the screening of documentary film, The S-Word. Panel discussion following the film with Director, Lisa Klein – Leo Nouhan, Moderator
  • Friday, November 10, 2017

    CONFERENCE DAY 2

    7am to 8am – Registration in Grand Foyer

    8am – Welcome and Introductions

    8:15am – Plenary Sessions Begin

    12:00 to 12:45pm – LUNCH

    1pm to 3pm – First Responder Workshop

    4pm – Afternoon sessions conclude

    7pm – Judy Collins – Songs of the Heart – A Benefit Concert for Kevin’s Song – Grand Ballroom

    Goals and Objectives
    The goal of the Kevin’s Song Conference on Suicide is to spotlight two communities of people that are at significant risk of self harm.  The rate of suicide among military veterans and active military personnel is staggering.  Likewise, suicide in the workplace presents a challenge to business leaders.  Employees don’t leave their mental health problems at home.   It is imperative to share information about suicide and the repercussions of suicide as well as how to identify and assess those at risk and learn about the means of prevention.

    The following objectives will be featured in program on Friday:

    • Hear from national advocates for better mental health care for veterans and active military. The problems faced by veterans must be discussed and the means of treatment and prevention is critical to reducing suicide among those who have served this nation.
    • Suicide often touches the workplace. It does not discriminate between construction workers or professionals.  How can business owners and leaders identify employees at risk?  Learn what some companies are doing to help their employees cope with mental illness and reduce the risk of self harm and its devastating effects.
    • First responders, including police officers, emergency medical services (EMS) personnel and firefighters, can assist individuals in a suicidal crisis, as well as those who may be affected by a suicide death or attempt. First response agencies also have a role to play in assisting their own staff, who may experience increased risk of suicide as a result of exposure to traumatic emergencies.

    Plenary Sessions

    • Major General (ret) Mark Graham and Carol Graham – The Invisible Front: A Battle for Hope
    • Wes O’Donnell – TED TALK: Veteran Suicide: The False Narrative of the Number “22”
    • Panel – Firearm Safety Initiatives to Reduce Suicide Rates – Michelle Cornette PhD, Moderator, Featuring Keita Franklin, PhD, Director, Defense Suicide Prevention Office Session, U.S. Department of Defense; and Marcia Valenstein MD, Ann Arbor VA Hospital

    Breakout

    • Barb Smith, Founder and Certified Trainer/Facilitator, Survivors of Suicide – First Responder Workshop: What Helps, What Hurts when Working in the Aftermath of a Suicide

    Concurrent Breakout

    • Frederick Hogan II MA, LPC – Use of EMDR in Helping the Survivors of Suicide
    • Andrea Smith MSW – QPR – Question, Persuade, Refer
    • Jolanthe Bassett – Using Medical Service Dogs for Help in Healing from PTSD
    • Wes O’Donnell – Veteran Suicide: The False Narrative of the Number “22”
    • Current Updates in Veterans Suicide Research –Mark Ilgen, PhD, Director, University of Michigan Addiction Treatment Services, John McCarthy, PhD and Marcia Valenstein, MD, Ann Arbor VA Hospital researchers

    LUNCH

    Plenary Sessions

    • Sally Spencer Thomas, PsyD – Resilience at Work: Making Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Promotion Health and Safety Priorities in the Workplace
    • Panel – Assessment and Prevention in the Workplace – Jodi Jacobson Frey, PhD, LCSW, Healthy Men Michigan; Karen M. Marshall, American Indian Health and Family Services of SE Michigan; and Jim Adams, Chairman of the Board AFSP-Michigan and Director of Operations, FOX 2 TV

    Concurrent Breakout

    • Sally Spencer Thomas – You Can’t Fix Your Mental Health with Duct Tape
    • Lawrence Wentworth, PhD & Justin Kennard, LMSW, PhD – Internal Family Systems: How to Work with the Suicidal Parts of Clients
    • Nicole Law PsyD– Creating a Safe Working Environment for LBGTQ
    • Kerri Ploeg, RN, BSN, Herman Miller – Reducing Mental Health Stigma in the Workplace
    • Amelia Lehto – Social Media: Footprints in the Workspace

    FRIDAY EVENING

    JUDY COLLINS: SONGS OF THE HEART – A Benefit Concert for Kevin’s Song

    Master of Ceremonies – Matt Watroba, Veteran performer, teacher, song writer and the voice of folk music in Michigan for his work with WDET-Detroit Public Radio

    Tickets: $150 includes open bar and appetizers before the concert with dessert and coffee following.(Concert not included in Conference Registration – Requires separate ticket)

  • Saturday, November 11, 2017

    CONFERENCE DAY 3

    SURVIVING SUICIDE: A JOURNEY OF HEALING AND HOPE

    7am to 8am – Registration – Grand Foyer

    8am – Welcome and Introductions

    8:30 – Plenary sessions begin

    12:30pm – Lunch

    12:45 – Afternoon sessions begin

    3pm – Closing 

    Goals and Objectives
    The focus of the Saturday program is for survivors of suicide loss, support group facilitators, mental health professionals, and others interested in sharing and understanding the loss and grief following a suicide. The goal is to provide loss survivors with information and resources to help with their individual journeys through loss, grief and healing and to assist mental health professionals and other caregivers in understanding the needs of loss survivors.

    How do we survive the death of a loved one by suicide and understand the grieving process? Hear survivors of suicide loss sharing their experience and feelings. What can we do to cope with and survive a suicide attempt? How do we resolve the question “Why?” 

    Plenary Sessions

    • Judy Collins – Sanity and Grace: A Journey of Suicide, Survival, and Strength
    • Survivor Panel – Michelle Cornett PhD (moderator) Panelists: Jenny Landon, Deena Baxter, Sabrina Must, Amy Westen and John Urso
    • Judith Burdick MA, LLP – Presentation of her film, Transforming Loss and Discussion
    • LUNCH – Deena Baxter, MBA— Mending a Broken Heart and Searching for “Normal” after Suicide Loss

    Concurrent Breakout

    • Loss Survivor – Small Group Support Session – Gigi Colombini LMSW, Facilitator
    • Lived Experience of Suicide Small Support Group – Amelia Lehto, Facilitator

    Moderated discussions for loss and attempt survivors. Attempt survivors and those with suicide ideation will also have opportunity to meet in private breakout room with a licensed mental health professional. Talking with others who have similar experiences can be an important part of healing after a suicide attempt or for those living with suicidal thoughts.

    • Judith Burdick MA, LLP – Suicide: From Stigma to Transformation
    • Sabrina Must – Doing What You Love Should Be Your Work: Using the Written Word to Transform Grief
    • Rich Bartoszek, Chaplain, Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe – Grief, Suicide and the Christian Perspective

    Closing – Rhythm for Living.  Featuring Judith Sheldon, First Circle, Inc.