CSPP 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 U. S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). UTB was the only university in Texas to be funded. The project seeks 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 provide awareness and education about the prevalence of mental health issues among adolescents and young adults that can lead to suicide; as well as education about intervention strategies for prevention. In order to meet this goal a one-day conference on “Recognizing Issues of Mental Illness Among Adolescents and Young Adults for Suicide Prevention” will be held at UTB on May 4, 2012.
The learning objectives of the conference include:
- To learn about the nature and prevalence of suicide among adolescents and young adults nationwide and in the State of Texas;
- To recognize mental health problems prevalent among adolescents and young adults that can lead to suicide;
- To gain basic skills for early detection of signs and symptoms, and early intervention that can prevent suicide;
- 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.
In addition, we expect that the participants will be able to gain overall understanding about mental illness, in order to reduce stigmatization of treatment-seeking behaviors by those in need.
8 CEU hours will be available for social workers, counselors, psychologists, teachers, nurses, and law enforcement professionals. An additional fee of $10 will be charged for CEUs. This fee is not included in the conference registration fee.
The University of Texas at Brownsville Department of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association, and an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. UTB Student Health Services is an approved CEU provider for social workers, counselors, psychologist, teachers, and law enforcement professionals.
To cancel your registration, you must submit a written request no later than May 2, 2012. All fees paid will be returned less a $25 processing fee. There will be no refunds after the May 2nd 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 Student Health Services
at (956) 882-3896 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org