Program Schedule

Presenters and time slots are subject to change

Continuing education credits for Kevin’s Song Conference on Suicide will be available for Social Workers, Licensed Counselors, Educators, Psychologists, and Human Resources Professionals. PLEASE NOTE:  Due to strict restrictions on sponsor logos, we are unfortunately unable to offer Continuing Medical Education credits for this year's conference.
  • Thursday - November 8, 2018 - Conference on Suicide - DAY 1

    It’s time that we treat suicide like a public health crisis. According to a recently released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, deaths from suicide increased by a whopping 24 percent between 1999 and 2014 among Americans age five and older. While the CDC did not point to definitive reasons for the spike, suicide is now the tenth-leading overall cause of death in the United States.

    Speakers will discuss how the increase in suicide represents a real and threatening public health disaster. Understanding the reasons for suicide and interpreting the data can help to develop effective ways to prevent suicide. Attendees will hear about offering suicidal individuals the help they need by targeting risk factors that may be both causal and remediable. Sessions will cover prevention efforts targeting the population at large, and screening methodologies to identify high-risk individuals. Leaders in the field of suicidology will urge that we can better educate doctors, patients, and families alike challenging misguided beliefs and offering better and more efficient care alternatives. Speakers and breakout sessions will also address the impact of suicide in schools and in the workplace and will provide innovative and evidence-based models that can assist with the assessment of suicide risk and to provide access to mental health services.

    6:30 – 7:15

    YOGA – Grotto

    7:00 – 8:00

    REGISTRATION – Breakfast in Garden Gallery

    8:00

    WELCOME and OPENNING REMARKS – Grand Ballroom

    8:15-9:00

    THOMAS JOINER PhD, Robert O. Lawton Professor of Psychology at Florida State University, author and leading expert on suicide – The Essential Unity Underlying Diverse Forms of Suicidal Violence

    9:00-9:45

    JILL HARKAVY-FRIEDMAN PhD, VP Research, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Suicide Prevention: What Research Tells Us

    10:00 – 10:45

    ROBERT SHEEHAN, CEO of the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health – Michigan’s Public Mental Health System: A Strong Yet Incomplete Safety Net

    10:45 – 11:20

    MICHAEL ANESTIS, PhD, clinical psychologist and associate professor of psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi and author – Guns and Suicide: What Do We Know and What Can We Do?

    11:30 – 12:45

    CHANGE MAKERS PANEL: THOMAS JOINER, PhD, DAVID LLOYD, The Kennedy Forum, COLLEEN CREIGHTON, Executive Director of American Association of Suicidology, STEVE WINDOM, AFSP Michigan Director and NANCE ROY, JED Foundation – Implementing National Strategies To Combat Suicide

    1:15 – 2:00

    Lunch Presentation – Grand Ballroom

    MICHELE REID MD, Chief Medical Officer of Community Network Services and Board Member of the Northeast Guidance Center – Suicide in Michigan: A Hidden Health Problem

    2:15 – 2:45

    JAMES CRAIG, Chief, Detroit Police Department – The need for peer groups and other mental health tools to assist first responders in dealing with the emotional impact of trauma

    2:45 – 3:45

    WILL HEININGER, Program Coordinator for the University of Michigan Depression Center and former Michigan defensive lineman – Depression And Suicide Risk For Student Athletes

    4:00 – 5:00 BREAKOUT SESSIONS

    SARAH EMMERSON, MA, LLC, Supervisor, Children Mental Health, The Guidance Center – Childhood Trauma and Resiliency

    GIGI COLOMBINI LMSW, Psychotherapist, Founder Institute of Hope and Human Flourishing – Clinician Training Part I

    DENNIS LIEGGHIO. Founder KnowResolve – The Power of Youth Driven Spaces

    STEPHANIE KASTELY, Wayne State University – University Student Athlete Stress Management and Suicide Prevention

    NANCY BUYLE MA, LPC, NCC, Student Assistance Consultant, Macomb County Intermediate School District, and PATRICIA SMITH MS, Violence Prevention Program Coordinator, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.  Moderator: STEPHANIE LANGE, Student Assistant Consultant, DAKOTA HIGH SCHOOL – Swimming Upstream: Public Health Approaches for Suicide Prevention Focusing on Youth and Schools

    KRISTEN SMITH, LMSW, Director of Clinical Operations, Gryphon Place andTANEQUA HAMPTON, BS Suicide Prevention Program Manager, Gryphon Place – The Gatekeeper Program: Gryphon Place’s Youth Suicide Prevention Program

    ELLIS JARUZEL II, PsyD, Chief Research Officer, Therapy Live – Why Experiential Mental Health Education is Critical for Today’s High School Students

    JOE KORT, PhD, LMSW, Founder and Director Center for Relationship and Sexual Health – Understanding Males Who Have Been Sexually Abused and Why They Attempt Suicide

    5:15 – 8:00

    VIP RECEPTION and BOOK SIGNING – COMPLIMENTARY FOOD AND REFRESHMENTS for conference attendees and sponsors – CASH BAR

  • Friday - November 9, 2018 - Conference on Suicide - DAY 2

    Kevin’s Song believes that we have no choice but to take on the formidable challenges presented by the lack of resources and tools for behavioral health professionals. By offering a forum for the sharing of information and education, Kevin’s Song will get closer to its mission of encouraging collaboration between experts in the field, behavioral health professionals, educators, first responders and community leaders –who together with loss and attempt survivors can devise new ways to make practical, meaningful and positive change in order to prevent suicide and save lives.

    6:30 – 7:15

    YOGA – Grotto

    7:00 – 8:00

    REGISTRATION– Breakfast in Garden Gallery

    8:00

    WELCOME and OPENNING REMARKS – Grand Ballroom

    8:15-9:00

    BART ANDREWS, PhD, clinical psychologist and Vice President of Clinical Operations at Behavioral Health Response in St. Louis, MO- A World Without Us: The current status of suicide prevention and steps to improve our efforts

    9:00-9:45

    SALLY SPENCER THOMAS, PsyD,clinical psychologist, impact entrepreneur, international mental health and suicide prevention speaker and author – Aspiring to a Zero Suicide Mindset – At Work

    10:00 – 10:35

    BRIAN AHMEDANI PhD, Director of Psychiatry Research and a Research Scientist at Henry Ford Health System- Zero Suicide Model: Origins, Efforts and Initiatives 

    10:35 – 10:55

    LARRY BURNS, President & CEO at The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation – A Foundation On The Move 

    11:15 – 12:15

    PANEL A – GRAND BALLROOM – GIGI COLOMBINI, LMSW, Psychotherapist, Founder Institute of Hope and Human Flourishing,JEAN NEMENZIK, MSW, Director of Clinical Services, KADIMA, and JENNIFER M. PLETZER-JONES, PsyD, RN, Henry Ford Behavior Health Services, Emergency Department, HARRY RAI, MD, psychiatry resident physician at the University of Michigan with experience in psychiatry, psychopharmacology and in a variety of psychotherapies – Levels of Care For Patients At Risk Of Suicide

    PANEL B – JUDEA ROOM – JODI FREY, PhD, LCSW-C, CEAP, associate professor of social work at the University of Maryland and a principal investigator of the Healthy Men Michigan research project, KERRI PLOEG, Corporate Health Manager, Herman Miller Company, NICOLE BROWN, Program Management and Talent Development, Quicken Loans, and RACHEL KNAPP, MPH, Team Leader of Wellness, Quicken Loans – Suicide Risk Assessment And Prevention In The Workplace Through Wellness And Employee Assistance Programs

    PANEL C – WISDOM ROOM – AMELIA LEHTO, Resource and Crisis Helpline Coordinator, Common Ground, SHERRY MCRILL, President and CEO, Northeast Guidance Center, TRAVIS ATKINSON, Crisis Services Advocate and Management Consultant & Trainer, TBD Solutions LLC, and DIANE DI GIROLAMO, LMSW, William Beaumont Royal Oak – Crisis Intervention and Resources In The 21stCentury

    OPTION D – NAZARETH ROOM – Working Minds: Suicide Prevention in the Workplace – Part 1

    This program conducted by SALLY SPENCER THOMAS, PsyD, consists of two training sessions designed to help workplace administrators and employees better understand and prevent suicide.

    Working Minds Training gives participants the tools and skills to appreciate the critical need for suicide prevention while creating a forum for dialogue and critical thinking about workplace mental health challenges. The program builds a business case for suicide prevention while promoting help-seeking and help-giving.  REQUIRES SIGN UP AT TIME OF REGISTRATION

    12:45 – 1:30

    Lunch Presentation – ATRIUM

    DR. J. LYNDON GOOD, MD, Vice President, Central Regional Medical Director, New Directions Behavioral Health: Medical Necessity: Mental Health Treatment and Insurance Coverage

    1:45 – 2:45

    PANEL A– GRAND BALLROOM – DR. BILL RITTER, Birmingham First United Methodist minister, retired, loss survivor and author, RABBI DANIEL SYME, Temple Beth El, Suicide Prevention Advocate,  DR. IMAM ACHMAT SALIE, Director, UDMercy Islamic Studies,Brother Jim Boynton, SJ, University of Detroit Jesuit High School – Suicide, Stigma, and the Role of Religious Faith

    PANEL B– JUDEA ROOM – ANDREA SMITH MSW,Director of Clinical Practice Improvement, Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority, and DARLENE OWENS, MBA, LBSW, CADC, ADS, Director of Substance Use Disorders, Initiatives, Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority, MONIQUE STANTON, President and Chief Executive Officer, CARE of Southeastern Michigan   Addressing the Challenges of the Opioid Crisis

    PANEL C- WISDOM ROOM – JODI FREY, PhD, LCSW-C, CEAP, associate professor of social work at the University of Maryland and a principal investigator of the Healthy Men Michigan research project, CHRIS CARTER, Police and Fire Department Chaplain, Dewitt Township, Sgt. JEREMY JAMES, Training Coordinator at the Detroit Police Training Center, PROSTEACH LLC –For Those Who Think of Sirens as Driving Music: Suicide Prevention for First Responder Populations

    OPTION D – NAZARETH ROOM – Working Minds: Suicide Prevention in the Workplace – Part 2        REQUIRES SIGN UP AT TIME OF REGISTRATION

     

    3:00 – 4:00 BREAKOUT SESSIONS

    FRED HOGAN II, LPC-S, EMDR Certified Therapist, Wentworth and Associates – Use of EMDR in helping the survivors of suicide

    GIGI COLOMBINI LMSW, Psychotherapist, Founder Institute of Hope and Human Flourishing – Clinician Training Part II 

    REBECCA PALEN, LMSW, H3-Hope, Healing & Health, LLC- The H3 Journey: A companion-driven approach to emotional wellness

    CHRISTINE HILTON, LMSW, Supervisor of Behavioral Health Partial Hospitalization, Henry Ford Health System – Dialectical Behavior Therapy Demystified 

    MELVIN MCINNIS, MD, Director, Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program- Longitudinal Outcomes Research in Bipolar Disorder: The Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program 

    LAWRENCE WENTWORTH, PhD, LP, LMSW, President and CEO, Wentworth and Associates – Internal Family Systems: How to Work with Suicidal Parts of Clients

    JENNY LANDON, Founder, The Lotus Project – Finding Your Purpose through Spiritual Healing

    4:15 – 5:15 BREAKOUT SESSIONS

    JIM ADAMS, Director of Communications, UofD Jesuit High School – Safe Reporting on Suicide

    AMELIA LEHTO, Lived Expertise, Common Ground – Social Media, Suicide Prevention and You

    KATHY LEWIS GINEBAUGH, Associate Professor, Western Michigan University, LACEE LYONS, Chief Operating Officer, Gryphon Place and MARICELA ALCALA, Chief Executive Officer, Gryphon Place – It Takes a Community to Save Lives: Creating a collaborative response through local coalitions

    NICOLE LAW, Psy-D, LP, Director of Diversity and Clinical Training, Wentworth and Associates – LGBTQ And Youth Suicide

    KAREN MARSHALLOutreach and Training Coordinator, Sacred Bundle Suicide Prevention Program at AIHFSAfrican American Males and Mental Illness – Strength and Spirit: Suicide Prevention Strategies for AI/AN Communities

    5:30

    COMPLIMENTARY DINNER AND REFRESHMENTS FOR CONFERENCE ATTENDEES – CASH BAR

    7:30

    EVERY BRILLIANT THING  – JUDEA ROOM – CASH BAR AND COMPLIMENTARY SNACKS

    EVERY BRILLIANT THING, a Tipping Point Theater production in association with Kevin’s Song and featuring James R. Kuhl

    There are many reasons this one-man show is great but the best reason is because no conclusions were drawn about how to solve depression and suicide. It’s one mans approach to coping with bipolar disorder in his family and in himself. It is brilliant in every way. Watch it and if you’ve ever suffered from depression you’ll be glad you took the time.

    6:30 – 7:15

    YOGA

     

    7:00 – 8:00

    REGISTRATION– Breakfast in Garden Gallery

     

    8:00

    WELCOME

     

    8:15-9:00

    BART ANDREWS, PhD, clinical psychologist and Vice President of Clinical Operations at Behavioral Health Response in St. Louis, MO- A World Without Us: The current status of suicide prevention and steps to improve our efforts

     

    9:00-9:45

    SALLY SPENCER THOMAS, PsyD,clinical psychologist, impact entrepreneur, international mental health and suicide prevention speaker and author- A Public Health Approach to Suicide Prevention in the Workplace

     

    10:00 – 10:35

    BRIAN AHMEDANI PhD, Director of Psychiatry Research and a Research Scientist at Henry Ford Health System- Zero Suicide: Its Origins And Efforts To Expand The Initiative Around The Country

     

    10:35 – 10:55

    LARRY BURNS, President & CEO at The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation- TED TALK – Collaborative Efforts In SE MI In Suicide Prevention And Mental Health Accessibility

     

    11:15 – 12:15

    PANEL A – GIGI COLOMBINI, LMSW, Psychotherapist, Founder Institute of Hope and Human Flourishing,JEAN NEMENZIK, MSW, Director of Clinical Services, KADIMA, and JENNIFER M. PLETZER-JONES, PsyD, RN, Henry Ford Behavior Health Services, Emergency Department – Levels of Care For Patients At Risk Of Suicide

     

    PANEL B – JODI FREY, PhD, LCSW-C, CEAP, associate professor of social work at the University of Maryland and a principal investigator of the Healthy Men Michigan research project, KERRI PLOEG, Corporate Health Manager, Herman Miller Company, NICOLE BROWN, Program Management and Talent Development, Quicken Loans, and RACHEL KNAPP, MPH, Team Leader of Wellness, Quicken Loans – Suicide Risk Assessment And Prevention In The Workplace Through Wellness And Employee Assistance Programs

     

    PANEL C – AMELIA LEHTO, Lived Expertise, Common Ground, SHERRY MCRILL, President and CEO, Northeast Guidance Center, TRAVIS ATKINSON, Crisis Services Advocate and Management Consultant & Trainer, TBD Solutions LLC, and DIANE DI GIROLAMO, LMSW, William Beaumont Royal Oak – Crisis Management

     

    12:45 – 1:30

    Lunch Presentation

    1. PAMELA ROBINSON, DMin, MDiv, LLMSW, Co-Founder, Emerging Hope Christian Counseling- Suicide – It’s a White Thing

     

    1:45 – 2:45

    PANEL A– DR. BILL RITTER, Birmingham First United Methodist minister, retired, loss survivor and author, RABBI DANIEL SYME, Temple Beth El, Suicide Prevention Advocate,  DR. IMAM ACHMAT SALIE, Director, UDMercy Islamic StudiesFaith Perspectives On Suicide

     

    PANEL B–The Opioid Crisis: Pain Management and Suicide

     

    PANEL C–DR. J. LYNDON GOOD, MD, Vice President, Central Regional Medical Director, vice president, central regional medical director, New Directions Behavioral Health – Medical Necessity of Mental Health Treatment and Insurance Coverage

     

    3:00 – 4:00 BREAKOUT SESSIONS

     

    FRED HOGAN II, LPC-S, EMDR Certified Therapist, Wentworth and Associates – Use of EMDR in helping the survivors of suicide

     

    GIGI COLOMBINI LMSW, Psychotherapist, Founder Institute of Hope and Human Flourishing – Clinician Training Part II

     

    REBECCA PALEN, LMSW, H3-Hope, Healing & Health, LLC- The H3 Journey: A companion-driven approach to emotional wellness

     

    CHRISTINE HILTON, LMSW, Supervisor of Behavioral Health Partial Hospitalization, Henry Ford Health System – Dialectical Behavior Therapy Demystified

     

    MELVIN MCINNIS, MD, Director, Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program- Longitudinal Outcomes Research in Bipolar Disorder: The Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program

     

    LAWRENCE WENTWORTH, PhD, LP, LMSW, President and CEO, Wentworth and Associates – Internal Family Systems: How to Work with Suicidal Parts of Clients

     

    JENNY LANDON, Founder, The Lotus Project – Finding Your Purpose through Spiritual Healing

     

    4:15 – 5:15 BREAKOUT SESSIONS

    JIM ADAMS, Director of Communications, UofD Jesuit High School – Suicide In The Media

     

    AMELIA LEHTO, Lived Expertise, Common Ground – Suicide And Social Media

     

    1. KATHY LEWIS GINEBAUGH, Associate Professor, Western Michigan University, LACEE LYONS, Chief Operating Officer, Gryphon Place and MARICELA ALCALA, Chief Executive Officer, Gryphon Place – It Takes a Community to Save Lives: Creating a collaborative response through local coalitions

     

    NICOLE LAW, Psy-D, LP, Director of Diversity and Clinical Training, Wentworth and Associates – LGBTQ And Youth Suicide

     

    CURTIS ROBINSON, Certified Recovery Coach, Peer Support Specialist, Lay Counselor, entrepreneur, and a licensed minister, Co-Founder, Emerging Hope Christian Counseling – African American Males and Mental Illness

     

    5:30

    COMPLIMENTARY DINNER AND REFRESHMENTS FOR CONFERENCE ATTENDEES

     

    7:30

    EVERY BRILLIANT THING  – CASH BAR AND COMPLIMENTARY SNACKS

     

    6:30 – 7:15

    YOGA

     

    7:00 – 8:00

    REGISTRATION– Breakfast in Garden Gallery

     

    8:00

    WELCOME

     

    8:15-9:00

    BART ANDREWS, PhD, clinical psychologist and Vice President of Clinical Operations at Behavioral Health Response in St. Louis, MO- A World Without Us: The current status of suicide prevention and steps to improve our efforts

     

    9:00-9:45

    SALLY SPENCER THOMAS, PsyD,clinical psychologist, impact entrepreneur, international mental health and suicide prevention speaker and author- A Public Health Approach to Suicide Prevention in the Workplace

     

    10:00 – 10:35

    BRIAN AHMEDANI PhD, Director of Psychiatry Research and a Research Scientist at Henry Ford Health System- Zero Suicide: Its Origins And Efforts To Expand The Initiative Around The Country

     

    10:35 – 10:55

    LARRY BURNS, President & CEO at The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation- TED TALK – Collaborative Efforts In SE MI In Suicide Prevention And Mental Health Accessibility

     

    11:15 – 12:15

    PANEL A – GIGI COLOMBINI, LMSW, Psychotherapist, Founder Institute of Hope and Human Flourishing,JEAN NEMENZIK, MSW, Director of Clinical Services, KADIMA, and JENNIFER M. PLETZER-JONES, PsyD, RN, Henry Ford Behavior Health Services, Emergency Department – Levels of Care For Patients At Risk Of Suicide

     

    PANEL B – JODI FREY, PhD, LCSW-C, CEAP, associate professor of social work at the University of Maryland and a principal investigator of the Healthy Men Michigan research project, KERRI PLOEG, Corporate Health Manager, Herman Miller Company, NICOLE BROWN, Program Management and Talent Development, Quicken Loans, and RACHEL KNAPP, MPH, Team Leader of Wellness, Quicken Loans – Suicide Risk Assessment And Prevention In The Workplace Through Wellness And Employee Assistance Programs

     

    PANEL C – AMELIA LEHTO, Lived Expertise, Common Ground, SHERRY MCRILL, President and CEO, Northeast Guidance Center, TRAVIS ATKINSON, Crisis Services Advocate and Management Consultant & Trainer, TBD Solutions LLC, and DIANE DI GIROLAMO, LMSW, William Beaumont Royal Oak – Crisis Management

     

    12:45 – 1:30

    Lunch Presentation

    1. PAMELA ROBINSON, DMin, MDiv, LLMSW, Co-Founder, Emerging Hope Christian Counseling- Suicide – It’s a White Thing

     

    1:45 – 2:45

    PANEL A– DR. BILL RITTER, Birmingham First United Methodist minister, retired, loss survivor and author, RABBI DANIEL SYME, Temple Beth El, Suicide Prevention Advocate,  DR. IMAM ACHMAT SALIE, Director, UDMercy Islamic StudiesFaith Perspectives On Suicide

     

    PANEL B–The Opioid Crisis: Pain Management and Suicide

     

    PANEL C–DR. J. LYNDON GOOD, MD, Vice President, Central Regional Medical Director, vice president, central regional medical director, New Directions Behavioral Health – Medical Necessity of Mental Health Treatment and Insurance Coverage

     

    3:00 – 4:00 BREAKOUT SESSIONS

     

    FRED HOGAN II, LPC-S, EMDR Certified Therapist, Wentworth and Associates – Use of EMDR in helping the survivors of suicide

     

    GIGI COLOMBINI LMSW, Psychotherapist, Founder Institute of Hope and Human Flourishing – Clinician Training Part II

     

    REBECCA PALEN, LMSW, H3-Hope, Healing & Health, LLC- The H3 Journey: A companion-driven approach to emotional wellness

     

    CHRISTINE HILTON, LMSW, Supervisor of Behavioral Health Partial Hospitalization, Henry Ford Health System – Dialectical Behavior Therapy Demystified

     

    MELVIN MCINNIS, MD, Director, Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program- Longitudinal Outcomes Research in Bipolar Disorder: The Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program

     

    LAWRENCE WENTWORTH, PhD, LP, LMSW, President and CEO, Wentworth and Associates – Internal Family Systems: How to Work with Suicidal Parts of Clients

     

    JENNY LANDON, Founder, The Lotus Project – Finding Your Purpose through Spiritual Healing

     

    4:15 – 5:15 BREAKOUT SESSIONS

    JIM ADAMS, Director of Communications, UofD Jesuit High School – Suicide In The Media

     

    AMELIA LEHTO, Lived Expertise, Common Ground – Suicide And Social Media

     

    1. KATHY LEWIS GINEBAUGH, Associate Professor, Western Michigan University, LACEE LYONS, Chief Operating Officer, Gryphon Place and MARICELA ALCALA, Chief Executive Officer, Gryphon Place – It Takes a Community to Save Lives: Creating a collaborative response through local coalitions

     

    NICOLE LAW, Psy-D, LP, Director of Diversity and Clinical Training, Wentworth and Associates – LGBTQ And Youth Suicide

     

    CURTIS ROBINSON, Certified Recovery Coach, Peer Support Specialist, Lay Counselor, entrepreneur, and a licensed minister, Co-Founder, Emerging Hope Christian Counseling – African American Males and Mental Illness

     

    5:30

    COMPLIMENTARY DINNER AND REFRESHMENTS FOR CONFERENCE ATTENDEES

     

    7:30

    EVERY BRILLIANT THING  – CASH BAR AND COMPLIMENTARY SNACKS

     

    6:30 – 7:15

    YOGA

     

    7:00 – 8:00

    REGISTRATION– Breakfast in Garden Gallery

     

    8:00

    WELCOME

     

    8:15-9:00

    BART ANDREWS, PhD, clinical psychologist and Vice President of Clinical Operations at Behavioral Health Response in St. Louis, MO- A World Without Us: The current status of suicide prevention and steps to improve our efforts

     

    9:00-9:45

    SALLY SPENCER THOMAS, PsyD,clinical psychologist, impact entrepreneur, international mental health and suicide prevention speaker and author- A Public Health Approach to Suicide Prevention in the Workplace

     

    10:00 – 10:35

    BRIAN AHMEDANI PhD, Director of Psychiatry Research and a Research Scientist at Henry Ford Health System- Zero Suicide: Its Origins And Efforts To Expand The Initiative Around The Country

     

    10:35 – 10:55

    LARRY BURNS, President & CEO at The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation- TED TALK – Collaborative Efforts In SE MI In Suicide Prevention And Mental Health Accessibility

     

    11:15 – 12:15

    PANEL A – GIGI COLOMBINI, LMSW, Psychotherapist, Founder Institute of Hope and Human Flourishing,JEAN NEMENZIK, MSW, Director of Clinical Services, KADIMA, and JENNIFER M. PLETZER-JONES, PsyD, RN, Henry Ford Behavior Health Services, Emergency Department – Levels of Care For Patients At Risk Of Suicide

     

    PANEL B – JODI FREY, PhD, LCSW-C, CEAP, associate professor of social work at the University of Maryland and a principal investigator of the Healthy Men Michigan research project, KERRI PLOEG, Corporate Health Manager, Herman Miller Company, NICOLE BROWN, Program Management and Talent Development, Quicken Loans, and RACHEL KNAPP, MPH, Team Leader of Wellness, Quicken Loans – Suicide Risk Assessment And Prevention In The Workplace Through Wellness And Employee Assistance Programs

     

    PANEL C – AMELIA LEHTO, Lived Expertise, Common Ground, SHERRY MCRILL, President and CEO, Northeast Guidance Center, TRAVIS ATKINSON, Crisis Services Advocate and Management Consultant & Trainer, TBD Solutions LLC, and DIANE DI GIROLAMO, LMSW, William Beaumont Royal Oak – Crisis Management

     

    12:45 – 1:30

    Lunch Presentation

    1. PAMELA ROBINSON, DMin, MDiv, LLMSW, Co-Founder, Emerging Hope Christian Counseling- Suicide – It’s a White Thing

     

    1:45 – 2:45

    PANEL A– DR. BILL RITTER, Birmingham First United Methodist minister, retired, loss survivor and author, RABBI DANIEL SYME, Temple Beth El, Suicide Prevention Advocate,  DR. IMAM ACHMAT SALIE, Director, UDMercy Islamic StudiesFaith Perspectives On Suicide

     

    PANEL B–The Opioid Crisis: Pain Management and Suicide

     

    PANEL C–DR. J. LYNDON GOOD, MD, Vice President, Central Regional Medical Director, vice president, central regional medical director, New Directions Behavioral Health – Medical Necessity of Mental Health Treatment and Insurance Coverage

     

    3:00 – 4:00 BREAKOUT SESSIONS

     

    FRED HOGAN II, LPC-S, EMDR Certified Therapist, Wentworth and Associates – Use of EMDR in helping the survivors of suicide

     

    GIGI COLOMBINI LMSW, Psychotherapist, Founder Institute of Hope and Human Flourishing – Clinician Training Part II

     

    REBECCA PALEN, LMSW, H3-Hope, Healing & Health, LLC- The H3 Journey: A companion-driven approach to emotional wellness

     

    CHRISTINE HILTON, LMSW, Supervisor of Behavioral Health Partial Hospitalization, Henry Ford Health System – Dialectical Behavior Therapy Demystified

     

    MELVIN MCINNIS, MD, Director, Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program- Longitudinal Outcomes Research in Bipolar Disorder: The Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program

     

    LAWRENCE WENTWORTH, PhD, LP, LMSW, President and CEO, Wentworth and Associates – Internal Family Systems: How to Work with Suicidal Parts of Clients

     

    JENNY LANDON, Founder, The Lotus Project – Finding Your Purpose through Spiritual Healing

     

    4:15 – 5:15 BREAKOUT SESSIONS

    JIM ADAMS, Director of Communications, UofD Jesuit High School – Suicide In The Media

     

    AMELIA LEHTO, Lived Expertise, Common Ground – Suicide And Social Media

     

    1. KATHY LEWIS GINEBAUGH, Associate Professor, Western Michigan University, LACEE LYONS, Chief Operating Officer, Gryphon Place and MARICELA ALCALA, Chief Executive Officer, Gryphon Place – It Takes a Community to Save Lives: Creating a collaborative response through local coalitions

     

    NICOLE LAW, Psy-D, LP, Director of Diversity and Clinical Training, Wentworth and Associates – LGBTQ And Youth Suicide

     

    CURTIS ROBINSON, Certified Recovery Coach, Peer Support Specialist, Lay Counselor, entrepreneur, and a licensed minister, Co-Founder, Emerging Hope Christian Counseling – African American Males and Mental Illness

     

    5:30

    COMPLIMENTARY DINNER AND REFRESHMENTS FOR CONFERENCE ATTENDEES

     

    7:30

    EVERY BRILLIANT THING  – CASH BAR AND COMPLIMENTARY SNACKS

     

    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 10, 2018 - A JOURNEY OF HEALING AND HOPE

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

    7:00 – 8:00
    REGISTRATION – Breakfast in Garden Gallery

    8:00
    WELCOME and OPENNING REMARKS  – GRAND BALLROOM

    8:15 – 9:00
    KATE HARDY, founder, CEO and President of Six Feet Over, a Michigan based nonprofit – A Weirdo’s Journey: From Loss to Passion

    9:15 – 10:30
    CRAIG MILLER, author, speaker, and suicide attempt survivor – Live, Learn, Grow: Living After a Suicide Attempt

    10:45 – NOON
    BREAKOUT SURVIVOR SESSIONS – Moderated group sessions for loss survivors, attempt survivors and family and friends of loved ones struggling with mental health problems and thoughts of suicide

    NOON – 1:00
    LUNCH – GRAND BALLROOM

    1:05 – 2:30
    Survivor PanelCHRISTINA RYAN-STOLTZ, RYAN BEALE, HEIDI HANNAN, AMELIA LEHTO & AMANDA STEIN – A panel of loss survivors and an attempt survivor discuss their personal journeys through the pain of loss and the shame and stigma of mental illness. Moderated by national suicide prevention advocate, author and a loss survivor herself, DEENA BAXTER – Grief Affirmations – Healing Hearts with Hope

    2:30
    CLOSING – DEENA BAXTER, Mental Health Advocate, National Alliance on Mental Illness of Collier County, FL, Published Author