IU Northwest Co-Sponsors Suicide Prevention Conference November 7

rot1The Indiana University Northwest Wellness Team, the Northwest Indiana Suicide Prevention Council, and the Regional Mental Health Center are sponsoring this year’s “Faces of Suicide” conference from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 7 in the Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium, located in the Savannah Center.

The conference is intended to offer information and hope to professionals, individuals, families, friends and leaders who want to make a difference in the lives of those they care about. The conference’s speakers will provide attendees with information about how to best utilize available community resources, spiritual healing and counseling services to help those in crisis.

The day’s events include:

8:30 to 9 a.m.
Registration and continental breakfast

9:15 to 10:30 a.m.
Assessment in Depression and Suicide
Olieth Lightborne, RN, MSN, will offer insight into the assessment of depression and suicidal thinking, and useful tools for minimizing potential liability.

10:45 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Ethical Issues When Working with Clients Who are Suicidal
Lorna Hecker, Ph.D., will address the clinical, ethical, and legal issues that impact the work of managing suicide risk. Ethical issues will be discussed in the context of empirically derived core competencies set by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. Each core competency brings with it a variety of potential ethical issues that will be explored relative to practice. The role of ethics, state regulations and federal HIPAA regulations in treating minors at risk for suicide will also be explored.

12 to 1 p.m.
Lunch and networking

1 to 2 p.m.
Suicide Survivor Story
Kevin Hines (depicted through DVD)

2:15 to 3:30 p.m.
Guided Discussion and Questions Concerning Survivor Issues

Registration is $35 for students and $65 for all others. The fee includes a continental breakfast, boxed lunch, zip drive and a Professional Continuing Education Unit (CEU) certificate. Registration is due November 1 (late registrations may be accepted if space is available).

The event is open to the public. To register, or for more information, contact Mariaelena Trejo at Geminus Corporation (219) 757-1849 or mariaelena.trejo@geminus.org.

About Indiana University Northwest
As one of seven Indiana University campuses, IU Northwest leads the region as the premier, urban campus dedicated to serving the needs of more than 6,000 students from the state’s most diverse and industrialized region. Committed to helping its local Northwest Indiana communities thrive, IU Northwest is best-known for providing a personal, quality and affordable education close to home. IU Northwest positions its students to be leaders with more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and pre-professional degree options available from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Health and Human Services, the School of Business and Economics, and the School of Education. The campus is also host to IU School of Medicine-Northwest, which actively involves students in research and local healthcare needs through its four-year medical doctorate program. For more information, please visit www.iun.edu.