2016 Vermont Suicide Prevention Symposium

June 29, 2016 – UVM Davis Center, Burlington, Vermont


This cross-agency statewide event brings together professionals, suicide attempt and loss survivors, and concerned citizens across all sectors for a day of learning from national experts on critical topics and skills in suicide prevention.  The day is designed to support statewide suicide prevention efforts and local communities in implementing the recommendations of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and the Vemront Suicide Prevention Platform using data-driven and evidence-based practices.

About the Vermont Suicide Prevention Center (VTSPC): The Vermont Suicide Prevention Center’s mission is to create health-promoting communities in which schools, institutions of higher education, public and private agencies, and people of all ages have the knowledge, attitudes, skills, and resources to reduce the risk for suicide. The VTSPC is a program of the Center for Health and Learning and a partnership with the Vermont Department of Mental Health and is advised by a statewide Coalition of more than 35 agencies and individuals. VTSPC supports statewide suicide prevention efforts and local communities in implementing the recommendations of the Vermont Suicide Prevention Platform using data driven evidence based practices. Information about the Vermont Suicide Prevention Platform can be found by clicking here.

For more information, please visit www.vtspc.org.


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Morning Keynote Session – “Mindfulness-Based interventions for Suicidal Behavior”

Megan Chesin, Ph.D., AFSP Young Investigator Research Award Recipient

Mid-Day Keynote Session – “Cultural Competency Rooted in Social Justice”

Imani Keith Henry, MSW, MPA – Principal, OD for the People

Afternoon Keynote Session – “Transforming Lived Experience Into Lived Expertise to Make Suicide Prevention More Effective”

DeQuincy Lezine, Ph.D., Faculty, Zero Suicide Academy

Workshop Choices

MBCT/SPI Treatment Development Study – Megan Chesin, Ph.D.

Incorporating Lived Experience into Vermont’s Zero Suicide Implementation – DeQuincy Lezine, Ph.D.

Identifying and Treating Complicated Grief:  Considerations for Suicide Survivors – Naomi M. Simon, MD., MSc

The Role of Substance Use and Abuse in Suicide – Debby Haskins, MS, LADC, CCS

A Developmental Perspective for Suicide Prevention – Elizabeth Ballard, Ph.D.

Sleep and Suicide Prevention Across the Lifespan: A Novel Opportunity for Intervention? – Rebecca Bernert, Ph.D.

Addiction, Recovery and Suicide Prevention:  Exploring the Intersections – Amy Boyd Austin, MSS and a student panel

Next Generation Therapeutics for Acute Suicide Risk – Elizabeth Ballard, Ph.D.

Understanding the Intersectionality Between Intimate Partner Violence and Suicide:  Can We Prevent Both Better by Working Together? – Catherine Cerulli, JD, Ph.D.

Sleep & Suicide Prevention Across the Lifespan: A Novel Opportunity for Intervention? – Rebecca Bernert, PhD

Resilience and Empowerment as Suicide Prevention in the Transgender Community – Anneliese Singh, PhD

Symposium Attendance Fees

Early Bird Registration (before May 15, 2016)  $95.00

Regular Registration (after May 15, 2016) $125.00

CE Credits Pending –  additional charge of $35.00.  

Limited Scholarships Available:  Email info@healthandlearning.org

Attendance fee includes light breakfast, lunch and materials

TO REGISTER, click here

Continuing Education

CE credits are Pending and will likely be available for Social Workers, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Drug & Alcohol Counselors, and Psychologists,  attending the Symposium.

  • There is an additional $35.00 charge to receive CE credits for attendance
  • In order to receive CE credits participants must attend the events in their entirety.
  • No partial credit will be given, no exceptions.
  • It is your responsibility to contact your licensing/certification board(s) to determine eligibility to meet your continuing education requirements. CE Credits will be distributed at the conclusion of this event.
 2016 Vermont Suicide Prevention Symposium Early Bird...