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        Suicide Prevention and Risk Assessment

        May 12, 2017 | 8:30AM-4:30PM | Immaculata University

        Presenter: Matthew Wintersteen, Ph.D.



Sponsored by: Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems

Co-sponsored by: Magellan Behavioral Health of Delaware County  and Community Care Behavioral Health

Who should attend:  Professionals working in the behavioral health field, including psychiatrists, psychologists, professional counselors, social workers, addictions counselors, psychiatric rehabilitation specialists; Individuals in recovery; Friends and family members of individuals in recovery; consumer advocates; and policymakers.


8:30 AM                       Welcome and Introductions

8:45 AM                        Common Myths Regarding Suicide

9:15 AM                          Understanding the National Problem of Suicide

9:30 AM                       Psychiatric Comorbidities

  • The “Big Five” and Suicide
  • Psychiatric Symptoms
  • Parent Suicide as a Risk Factor

10:15 AM                      Break

10:30 AM                    Suicidal Ideation and Suicidal Behavior

11:00 AM                      The Foundations of Suicide Risk Assessment

12:00 PM                       Lunch (provided)

12:45 PM                       Suicide Risk Assessment: What Else Should I Know?

  • The Columbia Suicide Severity Scale

2:00 PM                         Other Areas to Assess

2:20 PM                         Still Concerned? What to Do Next

2:45 PM                         Break

3:00 PM                         Breakout Sessions

4:00 PM                         Question & Answers and Summary of the Day

4:15 PM                         Conference Evaluation and CEU Certificates

4:30 PM                         Adjourned

Training Mission/Goals

Suicide is a serious public health problem that causes pain, suffering, and loss to individuals, families, and communities nationwide. The causes of suicide are complex and determined by multiple combinations of factors, such as mental illness, substance abuse, painful losses, exposure to violence, and social isolation. Suicide prevention efforts seek to reduce factors that increase the risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviors and increase the factors that strengthen, support, and protect individuals from suicide (SAMHSA, 2015).

Suicide claims the lives of over 1300 Pennsylvanians each year; that is an average of 3.5 lives each day. It is estimated that each suicide directly affects six people. Therefore, over 7800 Pennsylvanians becomes survivors of suicide each year (OMHSAS, 2016).

The keynote presentation will address current myths regarding suicide and provide updated information regarding suicide rates in the United States. The presentation will assist participants in learning about the common risk factors associated with suicide, how to appropriately assess for suicide risk in the clients they serve, and how to incorporate assessment results into an action plan to prevent suicidal risk moving forward.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will examine their own understanding of commonly believed myths regarding suicide.
  2. Participants will gain a better understanding of the problem of suicide on both a national level as well as locally in the state of Pennsylvania.
  3. Participants will increase their familiarity with the most common risk factors for suicide and how to better identify them in practice.
  4. Participants will earn how to utilize suicide risk assessment tools and how to incorporate them into everyday practice.
  5. Participants will enhance their ability to provide appropriate follow-up once risk factors for suicide have been identified through assessment.
  6. Participants will identify opportunities to develop and implement effective policies regarding suicide risk assessment to incorporate into their own agencies and practices.

Continuing Education


LSW, LCSW, LPC and MFT:  Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Work to offer continuing education to licensed social workers, professional counselors, and marriage & family therapists.  Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems maintains responsibility of the program.  This program is approved for 6.0 hours.

Psychologists:  Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology to offer continuing education to psychologists.  Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems maintains responsibility of the program.  This program is approved for 6.0 hours.

PCB (PA Additions Counselors):  Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems is approved from the PCB to offer 6.0 hours of continuing education credit.

Keynote Presenters

Dr. Matthew Wintersteen an Assistant Professor and Director of Research in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Thomas Jefferson University/Jefferson Medical College. He came over to Jefferson after five years at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). There, Dr. Wintersteen served as coordinator and co-investigator for a large randomized clinical trial of suicidal youth recruited from the primary care system funded by the CDC. He was awarded a pilot grant from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and developed a standardized screening protocol for suicidal youth at CHOP. Included as a byproduct of this project was a pediatric suicide risk assessment and management training that Dr. Wintersteen has offered primary care providers and school personnel in and around the City of Philadelphia for the past seven years. In the fall of 2006, he assisted Garrett Lee Smith grantees to develop strategies to engage primary care providers in suicide risk assessment and management at a SAMHSA technical assistance meeting.

Currently, Dr. Wintersteen is working on a longitudinal study funded by the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) designed to assess parent, adolescent, and family predictors of suicidal behavior in high-risk youth, with participants being recruited from a family medicine practice and Philadelphia’s only pediatric crisis response center. He is Co-Director of a SAMHSA-funded State/Tribal suicide prevention project designed to build training, screening, and intervention into primary care in Northeastern Pennsylvania. He is also a member of Pennsylvania’s Youth Suicide Prevention Monitoring Committee, a public/private partnership formed to provide support and guidance to youth suicide prevention efforts across the Commonwealth. Dr. Wintersteen led an extensive assessment of mental health and suicide risk among students in the health profession fields at Jefferson and is collaborating with colleagues on this nationally. He routinely participates in research endeavors focused on suicide prevention for adolescents at the Pediatric Crisis Response Center in Germantown and Belmont Comprehensive Center for Treatment. In addition to his grant-funded projects, Dr. Wintersteen was on a national task force sponsored by the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) to develop a suicide prevention training program for primary care providers and is now the Master Trainer for that program. He served on national task forces convened by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, the National Institute of Mental Health, and AAS designed to develop ideas and methods to support organizational and systems change to reduce suicide in primary care and facilitate better care for suicidal patients in the Emergency Department.


Conference fee:  $ 95.00

Food:  A continental breakfast and a boxed lunch will be provided for all attendees.

Registration:  Registration may be submitted by sending the attached registration form, with payment, to:

Marjorie Lambert

Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems

467 Creamery Way, Exton, PA 19341

Fax: 610-363-8273

Questions can be directed to:    610-363-1488

Make checks or money orders payable to: Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems. Refunds (minus a $10 processing fee) can be issued only if the registrant gives 10 days advanced, written notice.  Substitutions are acceptable with advanced notice.

Confirmation emails will be sent to registrants, along with information about directions and parking.

Registration Deadline:  April 28, 2017