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CONFERENCE DESCRIPTION AND LEARNING OBJECTIVES

In August of 2011, Student Health Services of The University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB) received a three-year grant for the implementation of a Campus Suicide Prevention Program (CSPP) from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). UTB was the only university in Texas to be funded. The project’s goal is to raise awareness of suicide as a critical but preventable issue while offering compassion and support to affected individuals. Through innovative training of suicide prevention (gatekeeper) instructors and collaborative partnerships within the university campus and other relevant community agencies, the CSPP has been educating students, staff, and faculty members on suicide indicators, prevention strategies, and intervention measures, ensuring that at-risk students and others are connected with appropriate resources and treatment.

An important goal of the project is to reach out to the larger professional community in order to increase awareness and provide education about intervention strategies for the prevention of suicide. One area to address in suicide prevention is helping people learn new ways of dealing with stressful experiences by training them to consider alternative actions when thoughts of suicide arise. Another area to address is to help expand efforts to prevent mental health problems from arising and to promote the mental well-being of all. In order to meet our goals, a one-and-a-half day conference titled “Transforming Ourselves through Mental Health and Wellness” will be held at UTB on May 22 and 23, 2014.


 

The Learning Objectives of the Conference:

    To raise the awareness of mental health and wellness promotion as a tool for suicide prevention;

    To examine the impact crisis-events have on individuals and to learn to incorporate methods to reduce stress as a therapeutic tool to help improve mental health;

    To be cognizant of the impact of alcohol and substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorders, bullying, and sexual and domestic violence as risk factors for suicidal behaviors;

    To examine the impact issues involved in working with clients, students, and loved ones with different physical and mental needs have on helping professionals and to promote helping professional self-care.

    To gain overall understanding and reduce stigmatization about mental illness.


 

CEU Information

    9 CEU hours (including 3 hours of Ethics) will be available for social workers, counselors, psychologists, teachers, and law enforcement professionals.

    UTB Student Health Services is an approved CEU provider for social workers, counselors, psychologist, teachers, and law enforcement professionals.


 

Cancellation Policy

To cancel your registration, you must submit a written request no later than May 19, 2014. All fees paid will be returned less a $25 processing fee. There will be no refunds after the May 19 deadline.


 

Special Accommodations

Student Health Services Campus Suicide Prevention Program wishes to take steps to ensure that no physically challenged person is excluded, denied services, segregated, or otherwise treated differently than other individuals because of the absence of auxiliary aids and services. If you require any auxiliary aids or services identified in the American with Disabilities Act, please indicate so on your registration form. The Student Health Services will strive to accommodate persons requiring special assistance.

For more information or questions, please contact the Campus Suicide Prevention Program at (956) 882-7561 or (956) 882-3896 or e-mail marianela.guzman40@utb.edu

 

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