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2017 STAR-Center Conference

"Treatment of Suicidal Youth:  A Glimpse into the Future" - STAR-Center Annual Conference - Pittsburgh, PA - May 5, 2017

Presented by David A. Brent, M.D., Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics & Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, and Director, STAR-Center (Services for Teens at Risk), Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

Advances in technology and neurobiology create new opportunities for novel approaches to the assessment and treatment of suicidal youth.  With respect to assessment, we will review adaptive screening, computerized tasks, and neuroimaging approaches to detecting suicidal thinking, the use of mobile phone and speech analyses to detect suicidal individuals, and interventions of suicidal behavior and self-harm involving texting to encourage treatment follow-up, and games to alter cognitive bias about suicide.

Click here to download a copy of Dr. Brent's powerpoint presentation.

Presented by Mary Margaret Kerr, Ed.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology in Education, and Administrative and Policy Studies, University of Pittsburgh.

Once overlooked in the delivery of mental health services, both K-12 and university educators now assume a prominent role.  This session first will offer an historical perspective on educators' involvement in suicide-related work.  Next, it will examine what the literature says about the impact on educators when they confront students at risk for suicide.  Lastly, this presentation with highlight lessons learned through STAR-Center's collaborations with schools and universities, and offer recommendations for educators' involvement in the future.

Click here to download a copy of Dr. Kerr's powerpoint presentation.

2016 STAR-Center Conference

"Preventing Teen Suicide:  Promise and Practice" - STAR-Center Annual Conference - Pittsburgh, PA - May 6, 2016

Presented by David A. Brent, M.D., Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics & Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, and Director, STAR-Center (Services for Teens at Risk), Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

In this keynote address, Dr. Brent will review current trends in youth suicide and consider reasons why the adolescent and young adult suicide rate has been increasing, and consider evidence-based preventions and interventions that may help to reverse this trend.  During the presentation Dr. Brent will review the evidence to support a role for primary prevention of risk factors for suicidal behavior, such as child maltreatment, depression, conduct problems, and alcohol and substance abuse.  These interventions will be compared and contrasted with more suicide-specific preventive interventions, such as gatekeeper training.  Also considered, will be the potential impact of improved access to mental health care through co-location of mental health specialists in primary care, the role of improved coordination and linkages between levels of care, and the potential contribution of restriction of lethal means.

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In this keynote address, Dr. McCommons will highlight the outcomes and products generated by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) grants which focus on the facets of school wide suicide prevention over the past ten years.  In particular, the current status and impact of Pennsylvania's grants will be shared.

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2015 STAR-Center Conference

"Understanding Adversity and Helping Youth to Overcome it" - STAR-Center Annual Conference - Pittsburgh, PA, May 1, 2015.


Hidden Scars:  The Impact of Maltreatment on Young Peoples' Minds and Brains.  Presented by David A. Brent, M.D., Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics & Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, and Director, STAR-Center, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

In this keynote, Dr. Brent will review the relationship between maltreatment and psychological outcome, such as psychiatric disorder, suicidal behavior, and cognitive functioning.  We will then examine how maltreatment may affect brain structure and function, and how these findings relate to clinical presentation.  Finally, we will discuss the implications of these findings for clinical care, prevention, and future research.

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Suicide Prevention in Schools:  What We Know and Don't Know.  Presented by Mary Margaret Kerr, Ed.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology in Education, and Administrative and Policy Studies, University of Pittsburgh.

Suicide prevention is a major priority for those working in school mental health, highlighted even more so by recent school shootings involving suicides.  Yet school-based staff often struggle to make decisions regarding prevention, intervention, and postvention practices, because of fears about elevating suicide risk.  Further complicating matters, educators and mental health professionals may disagree on approaches, language, and priorities.  For example, common concerns include whether to teach students about suicide, how to involve the greater community in identifying those at risk, and what to do about memorials.  The purpose of this session, therefore, is to offer practical guidance, supported by the best available research.  While helping participants understand the complexities and controversies in the field, we share lessons learned through three decades of school-based suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention work.

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2014 STAR-Center Conference


"In Search of a Safe Space:  Helping Youth Face Stress and Terror"  - STAR-Center Annual Conference - Pittsburgh, PA, May 16, 2014.

Non-Suicidal Self-Injury in Teens:  Attention-Getting Fad or Dress Rehearsal for Death?    This keynote is presented by David A. Brent, M.D., Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics & Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, and Director, STAR-Center, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

In this keynote, Dr. David Brent will review the frequency, clinical picture, motivation and risk factors for NSSI in young people as well as approaches for the assessment of NSSI.  The keynote will provide an understanding of this prognosis and how it puts youth at an increased risk for suicidal behavior.  Lastly, intervention approaches will be reviewed.

Insights, Images, and Inspiration:  How Children Make Meaning of Terrorism.  This topic is addressed by Mary Margaret Kerr, Ed.D., Professor and Chair, Administrative and Policy Studies, and Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology in Education at the University of Pittsburgh.

Sadly, today's children experience mass trauma through adult retelling, media, visits to memorials, or even direct exposure.  This presentation reviews our current understanding of children's reactions to mass trauma, and then examines children's own art and text to illustrate how children make meaning of terrorism specifically.  Implications for supporting children, teachers, and parents are shared.


2013 STAR-Center Conference 


In Search of a Safer World: How can we protect our Youth from Gun Violence? This keynote is presented by David A. Brent, M.D., Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics & Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, and Director, STAR-Center, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

In this keynote, Dr. Brent reviews the relationship between gun storage and availability and violent death in young people, including: suicide, homicide, and accidental death. The impact of legislation and firearms counseling on gun mortality and gun storage will also be reviewed. Recommendations for clinical counseling on method restriction and storage, policy, and further research will be advanced.

"At Least Do No Harm"---School Safety Practices to Avoid. This topic is addressed by Mary Margaret Kerr, Ed.D., Professor and Chair, Administrative and Policy Studies, and Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology in Education at the University of Pittsburgh.

In the wake of recent school violence, communities press for tighter security in K-12 schools. As a result, schools may hurriedly adopt practices not only inappropriate but harmful. Using the latest research to date on school safety, this presentation outlines practices to avoid and offers alternatives to improve school safety.


OTHER AVAILABLE WEBCASTS:

"School and Community-based Prevention Interventions to Prevent Adolescent Suicide" Presented by David Brent, M.D. This presentation was funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention in Schools and Colleges Program.

In this webinar, Dr. Brent will review the content and evidence for efficacy for school-based suicide prevention programs.  He will index these programs against other types of community programs that target risk and protective factors that affect suicide risk, and make recommendations for the composition of a "suicide-prevention" portfolio. 


"Supporting Emotional & Mental Health of Students with Protracted Concussion" Webcast. presented by: David A. Brent, M.D., Director, Services for Teens at Risk

Dr. Brent’s webinar is one in a series of six, presented by national experts in the field of concussion in students with a focus on Return to Learn. The series is offered free of charge through BrainSTEPS (Strategies Teaching Educators, Parents, & Students – visit www.brainsteps.net).

In this webinar Dr. Brent provides a review of the symptomatic presentation of youth with prolonged recovery and identifies the demographic, injury-related, and symptomatic risk factors for prolonged recovery.

The correlates and sequelae of prolonged recovery are also reviewed, such as depression, anxiety, attentional and concentration difficulties, sleep problems, headache, and suicidal ideation and behavior.

Next, we will describe a current best practice for management of prolonged recovery, deciding which set of symptoms and impairments to target first, and psychosocial and pharmacological approaches to management of prolonged recovery. Finally, we will suggest approaches to parent education, school and athletic management, and screening for behavioral health issues that may prevent development of prolonged recovery and will lead to earlier identification of youth at risk for prolonged recovery.


"Concussions, Depression, and Suicidal Risk: Assessment and Clinical Management" presented by David Brent, M.D.. This presentation was funded under award SM060387 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

In this webinar, Dr. Brent addresses the prevalence of risk factors for suicidal behavior and depression in patients who suffer from concussion and/or traumatic brain injury. In addition to discussing the inter-relationship between post-concussive symptoms and suicidal behavior, Dr. Brent reviews psychosocial and medication intervention studies, and explores the implications for assessment and management in order to improve function and minimize suicidal risk.


"Assessment and Clinical Management of Suicidal Youth." This webcast is presented by Dr. David Brent, Director of STAR-Center. The presentation was funded under award 1 U79 SM58386 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Suicide is the third leading cause of death for U.S. adolescents. In 2007, 14.5% of U.S. high school students reported seriously considering attempting suicide during the prior 12 months. Suicide risk assessment is a procedure that requires consistent pathways of communication and maintenance of skills. In behavioral health care and medical settings, suicide is a primary patient safety risk, thus strong processes and communication regarding suicide risk is essential. Additionally, suicide risk assessment is a Joint Commission 2010 National Patient Safety Goal. This webcast is designed to provide behavioral health and medical professionals with an opportunity to enhance their background knowledge in understanding suicide risk factors and behavior, improve their knowledge about suicide risk and protective factors, and build stronger skills for risk assessment and disposition planning.


"Lessons our Patients Have Taught Us: Prizes and Surprises." This Webcast is presented by Dr. David Brent, Director of STAR-Center. The presentation is the Keynote address given by Dr. Brent at the 25th Annual STAR-Center Conference - "25 Years of Caring for Suicidal Teens: Lessons from the Clinic and Community", held on May 6, 2011.

Please note that this program was recorded for the UPMC Physician's Resource website. Continuing Medical Education credits (for physicians) are available. No other continuing education credits are available at this time for this program.

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"Suicide Prevention in Schools: Best Practices and Questionable Practices". This new Webcast is presented by Mary Margaret Kerr, Ed.D., Professor of Education, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh, and Director of the STAR-Center Outreach Program, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

In this presentation, Dr. Kerr presents 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. Dr. Kerr offers the research findings to date and then poses recommendations, questions for further exploration, and suggests approaches that may be unwise.


"Suicide Risk: Comprehensive Assessment and Clinical Management" , presented by David Brent, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh, and Director, STAR-Center, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, was made available earlier this year.

In this helpful presentation, Dr. Brent reviews the descriptive epidemiology and risk factors for suicide and suicidal behavior across the lifespan. This comprehensive overview discusses the assessment of suicidal risk using proximal and distal risk factors domains common to all diagnostic conditions and ages, and reviews the current best practice studies on the treatment and appropriate clinical management of suicidal risk.


CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS AVAILABLE

These Webcasts are free.  For select webcasts, individuals also are eligible to receive continuing education credits for a fee, after they have completed the program.  These credits are offered through WPIC’s Office of Education and Regional Programming, Individuals must submit a request for CEUs following the viewing of the entire program, following directions provided on the site.

TRAINING PURPOSES

These Webcasts can be viewed by individuals, or they can be used for a training event scheduled by a school district or agency, in part or in its entirety. CEUs can be obtained only if the entire Webcast is viewed. The procedure for receiving CEUs would be the same as those for individuals.

VIEW WEBCASTS

Please click here to view "Supporting Emotional & Mental Health of Students with Protracted Concussion" Webcast.

Please click here to view "Non-Suicidal Self-Injury in Teens:  Attention-Getting Fad or Dress Rehearsal for Death?" Webcast.

Please click here to view "Insights, Images, and Inspiration:  How Children Make Meaning of Terrorism" Webcast.

Please click here to view "In Search of a Safer World:  How can we protect our Youth from Gun Violence?" Webcast.

Please click here to view "At Least Do No Harm -- School Safety Practices to Avoid" Webcast.

Please click here to view "Concussions, Depression, and Suicidal Risk:  Assessment and Clinical Management" Webcast.

Please click here to view "Assessment and Clinical Management of Suicidal Youth" Webcast.

Please click here to view "Lessons our Patient Have Taught Us: Prizes and Surprises" Webcast.

Please click here to view "Suicide Prevention in Schools: Best Practices and Questionable Practices" Webcast.

Please click here to view "Suicide Risk: Comprehensive Assessment and Clinical Management" Webcast.