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.
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
• 9 CEU and TCLEOSE hours (including 3 hours of Ethics and 2 hour of Supervision in 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, and teachers.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org