Annual Conference

January 21-23, 2021



CONFERENCE EVALUATIONS.  If you were unable to complete conference session evaluations, the evaluation forms for each day are below.  Copy and paste the link into your web browser to access each session evaluation:







The 2021 virtual Kevin’s Song Conference on Suicide: Equity and Equality in Suicide Prevention, presented by THE DOLORES AND PAUL LAVINS FOUNDATION, will tackle suicide prevention through a social justice lens, addressing and challenging existing bias and belief systems. The journey from trauma to resilience demands that we address systemic issues to pave the way forward, from risk factors to access to quality care.

Researchers, clinicians and suicide prevention advocates will share information about suicide, suicidal persons and the repercussions of suicide at both the personal and community level. Equity and Equality in Suicide Prevention will emphasize suicide prevention for all demographics, with a special focus on high risk and underserved communities, and fairness to all regardless of one’s race, ethnicity, gender, ability, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, or geographical location.

The School Summit, presented by THE CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION, will also present best practices in suicide education, prevention and postvention in the classroom, school and district – and will also address the impact of social justice on the mental health of school-aged children and suicide prevention.  The School Summit sessions are part of the Conference and run concurrently with other conference offerings.  The Saturday Survivor sessions will also focus on the stories of survivors – with a focus on the people with experiences from disenfranchised communities uniqueky impacted by social injestice and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Join us to learn how you can promote suicide prevention while honoring diversity in your family, your workplace, and your community.

Kevin’s Song is proud to welcome Detroit Public Televison WTVS as the producer of the 2021 VIRTUAL Conference on Suicide and School Summit.













Plante Moran and JOHN BEBES





If you are seeking CE credits or SCECHs for conference attendance, you will receive an email AFTER the conference with the forms necessary to complete your credit request.  You must attend and submit evaluation forms for each session for which you are seeking credit.  Any questions about CE credits or SCECHs should be directed to Mary Ellen White or call Kevin’s Song at 313-236-7109.


The Conference in January 2021 will be presented as a VIRTUAL three-day event produced in conjunction with  WTVS – Detroit Public Television.  This year, there will be an ALL ACCESS ticket which will give you access to all three (3) days of conference programing – general and breakout sessions – accessible through a virtual conference platform.  Attendees will also have access to a virtual Resource Gallery to visit sponsor and resource partners.

The School Summit will take place concurrently with the Conference on Thursday.  The session schedule of the School Summit will coincide with parallel sessions of the Conference.  Keynote and breakout sessions will be available for viewing by attendees of both the School Summit track and the Conference track.  There is a group rate for schools and school districts for more than 5 individuals registering at the same time.

The Saturday Program – Surviving Suicide – a Journey of Hope and Healing, is included in the ALL ACCESS  registration option but can also be purchased as a single day ticket option.  A portion of the Saturday Program will be OPEN TO THE PUBLIC free of charge and will be live streamed starting around NOON.

Student tickets will also be available.  Contact Susan Francis at for scholarship information.

Continuing Education credits will be available for Social Workers, Psychologists, Licensed Counselors and Educators (SCECH)

Ticket options:

  • All Access Ticket AA – gives you access to all 3 days (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) of Conference, School Summit and Survivor Day programming.
  • Thursday Ticket SS – gives you access to the School Summit and other Conference programming on Thursday only.  Group rates for the School Summit are available to individual schools and/or school districts.
  • Saturday Ticket SP – gives you access to the Saturday Survivor Program only.


Major credit cards accepted for payment.  All ticket purchases are subject to and will include registration service processing and credit card fees which are non-refundable in the event of a qualifying cancellation.  See Cancellation Policy below for details.

For employers and school districts that require a purchase order and payment by check, please contact Ellen Adelman at

Selected sessions and keynote presentations of the School Summit and the Conference on Suicide will be taped and available for viewing through WTVS – Detroit Public Television and on following the conference.   These recorded sessions will be made available for  viewing for attendees for a period of time after the Conference.

EARLY BIRD PRICE   $150.00 plus service processing and credit card fees 
REGULAR PRICE   $175.00 plus service processing and credit card fees

Includes all plenary and breakout sessions for the Conference on Suicie and the School Summit as well as the Survivor Program on Saturday.

EARLY BIRD PRICE  $75.00 plus service processing and credit card fees
REGULAR PRICE   $100.00 plus service processing and credit card fees 

Includes all plenary and breakout sessions for School Summit and Conference on Suicide for Thursday only.

GROUP RATES for 5 to 10 attendees:

EARLY BIRD GROUP PRICE  $70.00 plus service processing and credit card fees
REGULAR GROUP PRICE   $90.00 plus service processing and credit card fees 

REGULAR PRICE   $25.00 plus service processing and credit card fees

Includes all plenary and breakout sessions on SATURDAY ONLY.

STUDENT TICKET – ALL ACCESS (Includes Thursday, Friday and Saturday programs) $50 plus service processing and credit card fees

STUDENT TICKET – SCHOOL SUMMIT (Includes Thursday programs) $25 plus service processing and credit card fees

STUDENT TICKET – SATURDAY SURVIVOR PROGRAM (Saturday Survivor program) $10 plus service processing and credit card fees

If a registrant is unable to attend an event for any reason they may substitute, by arrangement with the Registration Coordinator, a colleague or someone else from the same organization. Where the registrant is unable to attend, and is not in a position to transfer his/her place to another person, then the following refund arrangements apply:

  • Registrations cancelled prior to December 21, 2020 will be refunded 50% of the registration ticket price but shall not include any service processing and credit card fees.
  • Registrations cancelled on or after December 21, 2020 will not be eligible for a refund.

The theme and overall content of the 2021 Kevin’s Song Virtual Conference on Suicide: Equity and Equality in Suicide Prevention were developed and planned by a committee of licensed psychologists, social workers, educators, licensed counselors and sucide prevention advocates.  Each presenter was selected basedd upon their professional expertise and qualifications to address topics about suicide data and research, the impact of social injustice and COVID on mental health and suicide risk, suicide prevention and policy initiatives and evidence-based treatment options as well as assisting survivors of suicide with clinical strategies and best practices for addressing loss, grief, hope and resilience.

SOCIAL WORKERS and PSYCHOLOGISTS – This education activity is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) State of Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative (CEC) for 15 Continuing Education hours. Provider # MICEC-0014

Approved for 15 CE Credits

Thursday              6.0

Friday                   7.0                                   3 Day Total:  15

Saturday              2.0


EDUCATORS State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) for Educators through an application through the Macomb County Intermediate School District.  Michigan Educator Certification System Approval

SCECH’s – EDUCATION – Program Approval Number:  20208466

Approved for 15.5 SCECHs

Thursday        6.0

Friday             7.25                       3 day Total:  15.50

Saturday        2.25


LICENSED COUNSELORS – A Virtual Conference on Suicide: Equity & Equality in Suicide Prevention has been approved by NBCC for NBCC credit. Sessions approved for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Kevin’s Song is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. NBCC Approval No. SP-3572. 

Approved for 13.50 CE Credits

Thursday              5.25

Friday                   6.75                                   3 Day Total:  13.50

Saturday              1.50

What is T.A.S.K.S?

As a community of health care professionals and educators, we all have T.A.S.K.S. to do in order to help save lives and prevent suicide whenever possible.

While the field of suicidology is not an exact science, and it is difficult to predict who will end their lives, we are amassing more and more scientific, evidence-based information that can help put a stop to such tragic losses in our communities.

What is T.A.S.K.S. you ask?

Training and Awareness on Suicide from Kevin’s Song

This Recognition Certificate is something extra we are providing to qualifying attendees at our annual Kevin’s Song Conference on Suicide. The Conference on Suicide and School Summit offer a comprehensive program of educational sessions that focus on suicide.

To become qualified for T.A.S.K.S. recognition, you must be a licensed health care professional or educator. You will be required to attend every PLENARY SESSION during the 3-day Conference and attend at least 5 Breakout sessions. T.A.S.K.S. recognition is only available to attendees who register for the 3-day ALL ACCESS ticket. You can include the Plenary and Breakout sessions from both the School Summit and the Conference on Suicide in order to earn your T.A.S.K.S. recognition.

Not only will you earn CEUs, you will go home with a Certificate for your office, certifying to your colleagues and to the community that you have attended this comprehensive 3-day conference with its focus on suicide – awareness, research, prevention and treatment.

It is the policy of Kevin’s Song to protect the confidentiality of participant information related to its Conference on Suicide, including the identity of participants, and any information and materials submitted to Kevin’s Song by the participants.  Kevin’s Song will not share participant identification or contact information to third parties without the advance written permission of Conference participant.

Kevin’s Song and its Conference Committee will review and make every effort to resolve any participant complaints and disputes related to the Conference on Suicide and School Summit.  If a Participant has any complaint about a Conference presentation, the Participant should contact the Conference Coordinator with a description of the complaint.  The Conference Coordinator will make every reasonable effort to investigate and reach an amicable resolution of the complaint.

Memorial Forest

The MEMORIAL FOREST was created for the Kevin’s Song Fourth Annual Conference on Suicide to help us remember and honor some of the people who have died by suicide and to offer solace to those who were left behind. This Memorial Forest, which will be a virtual respite during the 2021 Conference of Suicide and School Summit, is made possible through the many generous donations to Kevin’s Song in memory of Adam Elbadawi.

All attendees, as part of registration, are invited to submit a name in memory of a loved one lost to suicide or to honor a survivor, and have the name inscribed on a Kevin’s Song bird which will decorate the trees. Attendees of the Conference will be able to visit the Memorial Forest and submit additional names for display in the Memorial Forest at any time during the three day conference. In this way, we remember that we are all connected in loss and fortified with hope.