2015 JSPC Conference

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WELCOME

Thank you for attending Trauma & Suicide: Breaking the Link!

Our hope is that this conference will convene community members and agencies that can work to prevent childhood trauma; strengthen resiliency of people who may have experienced trauma; and make the policy, social system; and environmental changes needed to reduce suicide at all ages. The conference will set the stage for strategic planning to reduce suicide and suicide attempts in Juneau and in southeast Alaska.

The conference will focus on “Breaking the Link.” This means finding community based strategies for preventing violence, childhood trauma, and the depression, emotional distress, substance abuse, and other behaviors that increase the risk of suicidal behavior.

We hope participants will learn from keynote presenters and each other about:

The effects of childhood trauma (adverse childhood experiences, resiliency and the associated stigma and secrecy.

Historical trauma, its effects on the Alaska Native community and of the overall Juneau community, as well as culturally relevant strategies/solutions.

Suicide prevention through risk assessment and safety planning

“Collective Impact” a framework to mobilize community efforts to resolve a complex problem.


– 2015 Juneau Suicide Prevention Coalition

CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES

The purpose of the conference is to convene community members and agencies who can work to prevent childhood trauma, strengthen resiliency of people who may have experienced trauma, and make the policy, social system and environmental changes needed to reduce suicide at all ages.

CONFERENCE THEME

Our conference will focus on “Breaking The Link.” This means finding community based strategies for preventing violence, childhood trauma, and the depression, severe emotional distress, self-medication/substance abuse, and risky behaviors that add to risk of suicidal behavior.

LEARNING OBJECTIVE

Participants will learn from keynote speakers and each other about:

  1. Suicide prevention and risk assessment
  2. Childhood trauma – Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resiliency  and the associated stigma and secrecy.
  3. Historical trauma, its effects on the Alaska Native community and all of Juneau community, as well as culturally relevant strategies/solutions.
  4. “Collective Impact” a framework to mobilize community efforts for a complex problem.

TARGET AUDIENCE

All behavioral health and primary health care providers, law enforcement officers and staff, educators and child care providers, social service workers, early childhood development experts, as well as civic leaders, Tribal leaders, faith community, business people, and members of the general public are invited to participate.

EXHIBITORS

Agencies who are members or potential members of the Juneau Suicide Prevention Coalition are invited to sign up as exhibitors – for a table in the Centennial Hall lobby. Contact ETM to register for a table and to indicate needs such as power outlet.

Keynote Presentation – Overcoming Adverse Childhood Experiences in Alaska

Presenters: Shirley Pittz, MS and Patrick Sidmore, MSW

  • Participants will understand the impacts of toxic stress on early brain development.
  • Participants will understand the Impact of ACES on lifetime health outcomes.
  • Participants will learn rates and outcomes of Alaskans with and without ACEs.

Keynote Presentation - Intergenerational Trauma and Link to Suicide, Behavioral Health

Presenter: Amalia Monreal, LCSW

  • Participants will gain an understanding of the historical trauma Alaska Natives have experienced in the last 500 years.
  • Participants will have a better understanding of internalized oppression as it relates to Alaska Natives.

Needs Assessment

Presenters: Alice Rarig, JSPC Member, and Walter Majoros, JSPC Chair

  • The Juneau Suicide Prevention Coalition (JSPC) spent the last year doing an in depth community needs assessment to identify factors contributing to suicide in Juneau.

Breakout Session - Cultural Solutions

Presenters: Amalia Monreal, LCSW and Lenora Walker

  • Participants will acquire an accurate understanding of the contemporary stressors that Alaska Native’s face.

Breakout Session - Resilient and Trauma Informed: Strong Alaskans and Strong Communities

Presenters: Shirley Pittz, MS and Patrick Sidmore, MSW

  • Participants will understand key concepts regarding Trauma Informed Care.
  • Participants will understand the role of protective factors in preventing ACEs. Participants will learn the key concepts of resiliency theory.
  • Participants will be able to apply concepts in bringing trauma informed principles to their work.

Keynote Presentation - Life Saving Points of Contact: Lessons Learned from Lived Experience

Presenter: Elaine de Mello, LCSW

  • This keynote will look at the relationship between trauma, mental illness and suicide. With these conditions as a backdrop, vignettes from real experiences will illustrate the many different ways that a person on a life journey through mental illness and/or trauma can be affected positively or negatively by subsequent experiences. Framed with data, best practices and testimony from lived experience, a variety of examples will be shared about interactions and approaches that could make a difference in the life of a youth or an adult who is living with trauma, mental illness, and/or suicide risk.

Keynote Presentation - The Collective Impact Opportunity

Presenter: Liz Weaver

  • Collective Impact is an innovative approach for communities to address complex challenges leveraging the skills and expertise of a diverse set of partners. Launched in 2011 through an article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, the Collective Impact approach has been adopted by communities to address issues such as poverty, homelessness, mental health and addictions. Liz Weaver will introduce the core concepts behind Collective Impact and provide examples of how communities are using this framework to scale change.

Breakout Session - Diving Deeper on Collective Impact

Presenter: Liz Weaver

  • Participants attending this interactive workshop will be able to explore tools and strategies to move from the theory of Collective Impact into the practical application of the framework. Participants will explore tools such as the Top 100 partners exercise; using theory of change to build a common agenda; and explore a framework for thinking about shared measurement. Come prepared to learn and share your experiences with your colleagues.

Breakout Session - Suicide Risk Assessment and Safety Planning

Presenter: Elaine de Mello, LCSW

  • Identify warning signs of risk for suicide. Learn methods for collecting information to determine risk for suicide. Understand best practices for reducing risk of suicide and conducting safety planning.