4th Annual Summit: Suicide Safer Care in Clinical Practice Incorporating Current Best Practices

A two-day virtual conference designed to strengthen confidence and competence in providing caring, evidence-based services to clients with suicide risk.

Tuesday and Wednesday: March 19-20, 2024

1:30–5:00 p.m. EST/10:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m. PST

Schedule Day 1: Tuesday, March 19

1:30- 2:15 PMA Framework for Understanding Suicide

Rory O'connor, PhD

2:15-3:15 PMTreating Teen Suicidality: What Works?

David A. Brent, M.D.

3:15-3:30 PMBreak

3:30-4:15 PMSocial Media and Suicide Prevention

Mitch Prinstein, PhD

4:15-5:00 PMSleep and Suicide Prevention

Vaughn McCall, MD

Schedule Day 2: Wednesday, March 20

1:30-2:15 PM988 and Crisis Care

John Draper, PhD

2:15-3:00 PMFamily-Focused Treatment (FFT) Engaging Family in Suicide Care

David J. Miklowitz, PhD

3:00-3:15 PMBreak

3:15- 4:00 PMA Cultural Humility Framework for Suicide Prevention

Roger Harrison, PhD

4:00-5:00 PMSuicide Prevention in Clinical Practice (Q&A Session)

Jill Harkavy-Friedman, PhD and Jennifer Hartstein, PhD


Rory O'connor, PhD President, International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP)

Rory O’Connor, PhD FRSE FAcSS is the President of the International Association for Suicide Prevention and a Past President of the International Academy of Suicide Research. Rory is Professor of Health Psychology at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, where he leads the Suicidal Behaviour Research Lab. Dr. O’Connor is the author or editor of several books including, the award-winning book, When It is Darkest: Why People Die by Suicide and What We Can Do To Prevent It. He is the recipient of several awards including the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's 2023 Research Award.

Jill Harkavy-Friedman, PhD Vice President, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)

Jill Harkavy-Friedman, PhD, is the Senior Vice President of Research and leads the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s research program, which funds research grants, offers workshops and training to researchers, and disseminates research findings to increase public awareness and support advocacy. She has published over one hundred peer-reviewed articles and trained clinicians around the nation. In 2022 she was elected to be a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Harkavy-Friedman is an associate professor in the department of Psychiatry of Columbia University, New York State Psychiatric Institute. She is a Member of the Clinical Advisory Board of The Wellness Institute.

David A. Brent, M.D. Academic Chief, UPMC Wester Psychiatric Hospital, Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

David A. Brent, MD is Academic Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital and holds an endowed chair in suicide studies at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He directs Services for Teens at Risk, a state-funded program for suicide prevention, education of professionals, and treatment of at-risk youth and their families. His work has focused on the identification of risk factors for adolescent depression and suicidal behavior, and on the translation of those findings into clinical interventions. He has helped to establish standards of care for the assessment and treatment of depressed and suicidal youth. Dr. Brent is a member of the Clinical Advisory Board of The Wellness Institute.

Mitch Prinstein, PhD Chief Science Officer, American Psychological Association (APA)

Mitch Prinstein, PhD, ABPP is the Chief Science Officer of the American Psychological Association. He is the John Van Seters Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, and the Co-Director of the Winston National Center on Technology Use, Brain, and Psychological Development at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At the APA, Mitch is responsible for leading the association’s science agenda and advocating for the application of psychological research and knowledge in settings including academia, government, industry, and the law. He is a board-certified clinical psychologist and NIH-funded researcher with over two hundred published scientific manuscripts and twelve books.

Vaughn McCall, MD Chair, Department of Psychiatry and health Behavior, Medical College of Georgia

W. Vaughn McCall, MD, is a professor and Case Distinguished Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at Augusta University. Dr. McCall is board-certified in general psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and sleep disorders medicine. His research interests include depression, electroconvulsive therapy, quality of life, and insomnia. His research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health since 1995, and he is the author of more than 300 publications, including more than 140 peer-reviewed journal articles. Dr. McCall is the Editor of the Journal of ECT.

Roger Harrison, PhD Pediatric Psychologist, Nemours Children's Health

Roger Harrison, PhD, is a pediatric psychologist with Nemours Children’s Health in Wilmington, Delaware, where he co-chairs the Division of Behavioral Health’s diversity subcommittee. Dr. Harrison is a clinical associate professor of pediatrics at Sidney Kimmel College of Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University. He is a co-founder and co-chair of the DREAM IPC Conference, a national biennial conference that focuses on pediatric integrated primary care. Dr. Harrison is President of the Delaware Psychological Association and was previously the Chair of its diversity committee.

Jennifer Hartstein, PhD Renowned child, adolescent, and family psychologist, NYC

Jennifer L. Hartstein, PsyD, is the owner of Hartstein Psychological Services, a group psychotherapy practice where she works with children, adolescents, and their families. She has intensive training in adolescent suicide assessment and has specialized in this population for several years. Dr. Jen is a member of the executive committee and board of Active Minds, an organization working to decrease the stigma of mental health. She is the author of Princess Recovery: A How-to Guide for Raising Strong, Empowered Girls Who Can Create Their Own Happily Ever Afters, and is a regular contributor on a variety of media outlets.

David J. Miklowitz, PhD Distinguished Professor, of Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine

David Miklowitz, PhD, is a Professor of Psychiatry in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute and a Senior Clinical Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at Oxford University. His award-winning research focuses on family environmental factors and family psychoeducational treatments for adult-onset and childhood-onset bipolar disorder. He is the author or co-author of two books on Bipolar Disorder as well as six other titles and has published over three hundred research articles.

John Draper, PhD President of Research & Development, Behavioral Health Link

John Draper, PhD, is an international expert in behavioral health crisis services. He is the President of Research & Development for Behavioral Health Link. Since 1996, he has held leadership positions overseeing crisis helplines, including executive director of SAMHSA’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (currently 800-273-TALK; 988 as of July 2022) and the founding director of New York City’s LifeNet.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the factors that lead to suicidal thoughts and behavior and the interventions that are proven to reduce suicidal behavior.
  •  Explain the Integrated Motivational-Volitional Model of Suicidal Behaviour
  • Discuss evidence-based interventions and protective factors for suicidal behavior in Teens.
  • Describe how to use a chain analysis to develop a safety plan and treatment plan.
  • Participants will be able to articulate the potential effects of digital media use on neural development.
  • Participants will be able to list up to 10 different ways that technology use may influence psychological adaptation.
  • Describe the relationship between insomnia and suicide and the value of treating insomnia in persons at risk for suicide.
  • Describe how 988 and crisis centers can support practitioners' work and their patients.
  • Describe the research, findings, and clinical methods of family-focused therapy, an outpatient program for adolescents and adults with or at risk for bipolar disorder.
  • Explain cultural awareness, cultural competence, and cultural humility and how they differ.
  • Describe how a cultural humility approach can be used to reduce interactional barriers in clinical settings.
  • Provide a case example of how to assess for suicidal ideation, behavior, and risk.
  • Describe how to engage family in clinical work with a person with suicide risk factors.

Accreditation Statement

Partnering Organizations


Summit Full Access + One-Year Events Membership

- Full Access to the 2-Day Summit
- 7.0 CE Credit (see accreditation statement above)
- One Year of access to all TWI Events ($600 value)


Summit Pass + CE Credit

- Full Access to the 2-day Summit
- 7.0 CE Credit (see accreditation statement above)


Summit Pass

- Full Access to the 2-day Summit (No CE Credit included)

Total: $0.00

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