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Postvention: Responding to Schools, Workplaces, and Communities Following Suicide

The term “postvention” refers to planned interventions with those affected by a suicide death that aim to address the needs of the bereaved, reduce the risk of contagion, and promote healthy adaptation of individuals and the community. The goal of this presentation is to provide guidelines for effective postvention as they relate to schools, workplaces, organizations, and communities.

Objectives:

Through this interactive, discussion-based program, attendees will learn:

  • An overview of suicide, including risk factors, current trends in youth to adults, and more
  • The scope and impact of a death by suicide, including family, friends, peers, and community, and the importance of reducing contagion and future mental health issues
  • The goals, guiding processes, and timeline of a postvention process
  • A comprehensive exploration of the 12 key tasks of a best practice postvention process
  • Specialty modules on social media memorials, schools and community peer groups, and more.

    Presenter(s):
    Larry Berkowitz, EdD

    Larry Berkowitz, EdD, is the Co-Founder of Riverside Trauma Center. He has provided direct therapeutic services for over 30 years and managed mental health services for over 25 years. His clinical areas of expertise include work with children, adolescents, adults, and families who are trauma survivors and/or suicide survivors. He coordinates and provides disaster response services and post-suicide intervention for individuals, schools, workplaces, and communities, and conducts trainings on suicide prevention. Larry holds a doctoral degree in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from Harvard University and is a licensed Psychologist in Massachusetts. He is on the Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention, serves as the Co-Chair of the Northeast Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention, and holds an appointment as a Teaching Associate in Psychology, Part Time, at Harvard Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry.

    James McCauley, LICSW
    Jim is the Co-Founder and Associate Director of the Riverside Trauma Center. Jim provides mental health support for schools, workplaces, and communities affected by traumatic events. He has consulted with numerous schools and communities in Massachusetts and New England on trauma responses. He provides consultations and trainings on suicide postvention services, suicide clusters, and suicide prevention coalitions. He has presented at statewide, national, and international conferences on these topics. He also has extensive experience providing therapy to children, adolescents, and adults and previously managed outpatient mental health clinics and programs for children for more than 20 years. Jim is a graduate of the Boston University School of Social Work and also was a Senior Lecturer in the Sociology Department at Suffolk University for more than 30 years. An Army veteran, he has a special interest in developing and providing services for returning vets.

    When and Where: The training will be held on Wednesday, December 14th from 10 AM - 5:30 PM EST. Attendees must attend the full duration of the training to earn CE credits.

    Continuing Education:

    Applications for 6 hours of continuing education credits will be submitted for Social Workers, LMFTs, and Nurses in MA. Please contact Tamiya McAuley (tmcauley@riversidecc.org) for the status of the CE accreditation.

    hours of continuing education are available for Psychologists and Counselors.*

    Riverside Community Care is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor education for Psychologists. Riverside Community Care maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

    Riverside Trauma Center has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6992. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  Riverside Trauma Center is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

    100% attendance is required to obtain full CE credit. No partial credit can be given. Attendance is confirmed via Zoom attendance reporting. After completing the training, participants must return to the training course on DigitalChalk to complete the CE Evaluation. Social workers in MA are also required to pass a post training quiz. Participants who successfully complete all CE requirements will be eligible to download their CE Certificates directly from Digital Chalk.

    This training is targeted towards Advanced, Intermediate, and Beginner practitioners.

    For registration, questions, or to request accommodations please contact Tamiya McAuley tmcauley@riversidecc.org. For grievance information, visit Riverside Grievance Policy

    There is no commercial support or conflict of interest known for programs/instructors listed in this training.

    The registration deadline for this event is Monday, December 5th for checks or purchase order and December 7th for online registration . Refunds are not available for this training.

    What to Know Before You Register: Please register below with the information of the attendees of the training only. You'll receive your Zoom link for the session and access to Digital Chalk on December 8th.

    If you have registration questions, or would like to request accommodations, please contact Jenny Huynh via email at jhuynh@riversidecc.org. For grievance information, visit https://bit.ly/2LeZUSY

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