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      6th Annual Suicide Prevention Conference: Building Stronger Communities in Erie

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      September 10, 2019

      Tuesday   9:00 AM

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      6th Annual Suicide Prevention Conference: Building Stronger Communities

      The 6th Annual Suicide Prevention Conference theme is:    "Building Stronger Communities: Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention Across the Lifespan."        Our Keynote Speaker Michael Polacek, MSN, RN-BC, is a Professional Development Specialist with Salem Health in Salem, Oregon and a former member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association Board of Directors.  He is the President of the Oregon Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and has led many community efforts to fight suicide in his state. His message is one we hope to bring to our conference attendees and help inspire change in our own community. Other speakers represent various agencies and resources within the Erie community and serve to build a foundation for support, intervention and suicide prevention in our own community.   Program Schedule:   8:00 AM-8:50 AM Registration/Check-In 9:00 AM-9:15 AM Introduction 9:15 AM-10:45 AM Keynote Address (Prevention): Michael Polacek: “Community Efforts to Reduce Suicide”   10:45 AM-11:00 AM BREAK 11:00 AM-12:00 PM Breakout Session 1 OPTION 1A (Prevention/Intervention): Mandy Fauble and Govan Martin, “Question, Persuade, Refer Approach to Suicide Prevention” OPTION 1B (Prevention/Intervention): Greg Purchase and Trevor Doust, “Developing and Implementing a Peer Support Team” OPTION 1C (Prevention): Denise Kolivoski, “Role of Community Resources and Organizations in Suicide Prevention” 12:00 PM-1:00 PM LUNCH BUFFET (INCLUDED WITH REGISTRATION) 1:00 PM-2:00 PM Plenary Speaker: (Prevention/Intervention) Keirston Parham: “Peer Role in Suicide Prevention and Intervention”   2:00 PM-2:15 PM BREAK 2:15 PM-3:15 PM Breakout Session 2 OPTION 2A (Postvention): Kathy Frisinia, “Working with Children after a Loss from Suicide” OPTION 2B (Postvention): Stacey Buettner and Traci Carlini, “Survivors of Suicide” OPTION 2C (Prevention): Nicole Wells, “Promoting Youth and Family Engagement in the Prevention of Suicide” 3:15 PM-3:30 PM BREAK 3:30 PM-4:00 PM “Importance of Self Care” 4:00PM-4:15 PM Certificate Distribution; Total CE 5 hours   Continuing Education Information: Contact Nicole Moore at or 814-451-2377 with questions about continuing education information for this event.   AMA ACCREDITATION:  The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.   AMA DESIGNATION:   The University of Pittsburgh designates this live activity for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded 0.5 continuing education units (CEUs), which are equal to 5 contact hours.   ANCC ACCREDITATION:  UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.   ANCC CONTACT HOURS:To receive 5 contact hours, the learner must attend the entire activity and complete the activity evaluation.    CSWE ACCREDITATION:Edinboro University’s Social Work Programs are fully accredited by CSWE.  Edinboro University is a Pre-Approved Provider of Social Work Continuing Education by the Pa. State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors.   CSWE CONTACT HOURS:To receive 5 contact hours, the learner must attend the entire activity and complete the activity evaluation.     IU5 DISCLAIMER:  This program has been designed by the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit, a PDE-approved provider, or its subcontractor, to meet PDE criteria for the award of Act 48 hours, which may or may not be PIL approved.  Act 48 hours for this activity may or may not be eligible for award based on your school entity’s professional education plan.  It is your responsibility as an educator to ensure that you participate in appropriate, content-specific professional development.   In order to receive Act 48 hours, registrants must register at  by September 5, 2019, have a valid PPID number on file in the registration system, and sign in at the event.     Scholarship Information:  Anyone interested in either scholarship opportunity should contact Vicky Merski, Director of Clinical Services at Safe Harbor Behavioral Health of UPMC Hamot at: or 814-451-2308.    Please note there are a number of scholarships available, made possible by a generous donation from Erie County Department of Health and Human Services. Anyone with financial need is encouraged to attend. This year we are strongly encouraging anyone in the role of a peer specialist to specifically apply as many of the topics this year relate to the importance of this role!   Also, this year will be the first award for the Patty Puline Scholarship. Those interested in applying for this special scholarship, please prepare a one page essay detailing why it is important for you to attend this conference and the importance of community suicide prevention. Essays can be emailed directly to Vicky Merski at    Vendor/Sponsorship Information: Contact Sharon Sandberg at or 814-835-2953 with questions about becoming a sponsor or vendor for the event.   ⧠            $2,500 – Gold Medal: Your logo placed on all advertisement prior to and during the event, 4 registrations, and a free vendor booth. ⧠            $1,000 – Silver Medal: Your logo listed in the program, 2 registrations, and a free vendor booth. ⧠            $500 – Bronze Medal: Your logo listed in the program, 1 registration, and a free vendor booth ⧠            $100 – Vendor Booth only  

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