WESTERN PSYCHIATRIC INSTITUTE & CLINIC
OFFICE OF EDUCATION & REGIONAL PROGRAMMING
SUICIDE PREVENTION IN SCHOOLS: BEST PRACTICES AND
June 30, 2009
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Program Code: T232
Mary Margaret Kerr, EdD
Associate Professor of Education and Psychiatry
Director, STAR-Center Outreach
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
This session will present findings from evaluation and research studies that address suicide
prevention programs offered in school settings. Research in this area is limited, leaving
educators in a difficult situation when they are choosing appropriate prevention approaches.
The presenter will offer the research findings to date and then pose recommendations,
questions for further exploration, and suggest approaches that may be unwise.
At the conclusion of this program participants should be able to:
1. Describe contemporary school-based youth suicide prevention approaches
2. Discuss the key research findings behind the three major youth suicide prevention
3. Explain the controversy surrounding several of the youth suicide prevention
Psychologists, counselors, social workers, educators, nurses and other mental health
professionals who work with children and adolescents with a risk for suicide, in addition to
Continuing Education Credits:
ACT 48 – 2.0 CAC/CCDP – 2.0 CEU – 0.2
NBCC – 2.0 SW/LPC/LMFT – 2.0 PSYCHOLOGISTS – 2.0
This program is free of charge. However, attendees requiring continuing education credits will be asked to
complete an attendance form and submit it with payment after attending the program ($15for general
CEUs; $30 for Act 48, CAC, NBCC, Psychologist and Social Work). Please do not send payment with your
registration form. To register please complete the registration form in this brochure or download the form
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For questions regarding this program, please contact Kyessa L. Brian by phone at
412-802-6905 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is part of UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside
This program is being offered for 2.0 continuing education credits, or 2.0 contact hours.
CERTIFIED ADDICTION COUNSELORS/CERTIFIED CO-OCCURRING DISORDERS
The Office of Education and Regional Programming, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is
certified by the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) to provide Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC)
and Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional (CCDP) continuing education credits.
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is recognized by the National Board for Certified Counselors
to offer continuing education for National Certified Counselors. Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
adheres to the NBCC Continuing Education Guidelines.
EDUCATORS: ACT 48
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to
offer continuing education credits under Act 48 guidelines. Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
adheres to the Act 48 Continuing Education Guidelines.
MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS: CEU
Nurses and other health care professionals are awarded the designated number of Continuing
Education Units (CEU). One CEU is equal to 10 contact hours.
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is approved by the American Psychological Association to
offer continuing education for psychologists. Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic maintains
responsibility for this program and its content.
CERTIFIED PSYCHIATRIC REHABILITATION PRACTITIONERS: CPRP
The announced credit hours for each program can be applied to your training hours for the Certified
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioners (CPRP).
LICENSED/CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKERS, LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS,
LICENSED MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS: LSW/LCSW/LPC/LMFT
The indicated number of clock hours of continuing education is provided through co-sponsorship of
the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, a PA-approved provider of social work continuing
education in accordance with all the applicable educational and professional standards of the Council
on Social Work Education. These clock hours satisfy requirements for LSW/LCSW, LPC and LMFT
renewal. For information of social work continuing education, call (412) 624-3711.