Suicide is the second leading cause of death in young people ages 10-24-year-olds. Some of the strongest risk factors for attempted suicide in youth are depression, substance abuse, and aggressive or disruptive behaviors. This conference will address the risks for suicide and prevention efforts for this vulnerable group.
Keynote Address: Suicidology and the Human Condition: Let’s Talk About It
Nancy K. Farber, PhD
In this training, the presenter will engage participants in an in-depth discussion of the givens of existence that have been found to be related
to suicidal ideation and share research and case studies about what helps adolescents and all people to reconnect to humanity. Included in the
program will be an interactive psychodrama, in which the presenter will share her experience of being-on-the-other-side. Group discussions will
include participants learning from each other as they share their personal and professional experiences of adolescence. Participants will leave the presentation with a new lens on the human experience and the ability to challenge their fears about going WITH people
through the dark place and into hope.
Break-out Sessions (choose 1)
Teens, Vapes and Substance Use: Current Trends and Interventions
Martha Thompson, PsyD, LPC, CAADC
Youth today have more data and information being thrown at them every day in rapid succession with the speed of social media and other internet
sources. What are teens really doing and thinking when it comes to vaping, juuling, smoking and other substances? How do they gather their
information, fact-find and make choices with the magnitude of material out there? What are the trends today? And what can we do to help them make
healthy well-informed choices?
Michael C. Ritter, MPA, CTCP
Domestic Violence Intervention of Lebanon County, Inc. (DVI)
Professionals and organizations, more and more, are seeking out information on trauma and trauma-informed care. This training program by nature fulfills the trauma-informed principle of “understanding trauma and its impact.” Participants not only learn about toxic stress and trauma and how these
factors impact the growing brains and bodies of individuals, but they also learn and practice tangible skills for working with trauma-impacted persons.
LGBTQ+ Youth: Becoming Allies in Wellness
Katy Nordoff, BA, CTC-P, and Ashton Rodriquez, BA, CTP
Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center (SARCC)
LGBTQ+ youth experience significantly higher rates of trauma, substance abuse, and suicidality compared to their peers; yet too many also experience
neglect and discrimination in the mental healthcare systems meant to support them. This training will familiarize participants with mental health
risk and protective factors unique to LGBTQ+ young people and build practical skills for providing competent care and earning patient trust.
Date: September 17, 2019
Time: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Location: Church of the Good Shepherd
1500 Quentin Rd, Lebanon, PA 17042
Suicide is the second leading cause of death in young
people ages 10-24-year-olds.1
Some of the strongest risk
factors for attempted suicide in youth are depression,
substance abuse, and aggressive or disruptive behaviors.
This conference will address the risks for suicide and
prevention efforts for this vulnerable group.
CEUs are available:
• NASW (LPC, LMFT, LSW/ LCSW)
• PA Department of Education Act 48
• PA Certification Board
8:00 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker
11:30 a.m. Lunch (on your own)
12:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions
3:30 p.m. End of conference
This conference is offered at no cost.