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6th Annual Suicide Prevention Conference: Building Stronger Communities

Safe Harbor Behavioral Health of UPMC Hamot

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

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The 6th Annual Suicide Prevention Conference theme is: 


"Building Stronger Communities: Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention Across the Lifespan." 




Our Keynote Speaker Michael Polacek, MSN, RN-BC, is a Professional Development Specialist with Salem Health in Salem, Oregon and a former member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association Board of Directors.  He is the President of the Oregon Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and has led many community efforts to fight suicide in his state. His message is one we hope to bring to our conference attendees and help inspire change in our own community. Other speakers represent various agencies and resources within the Erie community and serve to build a foundation for support, intervention and suicide prevention in our own community.


Program Schedule:


8:00 AM-8:50 AM


9:00 AM-9:15 AM


9:15 AM-10:45 AM

Keynote Address (Prevention):

Michael Polacek: “Community Efforts to Reduce Suicide”


10:45 AM-11:00 AM


11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Breakout Session 1

OPTION 1A (Prevention/Intervention): Mandy Fauble and Govan Martin, “Question, Persuade, Refer Approach to Suicide Prevention”

OPTION 1B (Prevention/Intervention): Greg Purchase and Trevor Doust, “Developing and Implementing a Peer Support Team”

OPTION 1C (Prevention): Denise Kolivoski, “Role of Community Resources and Organizations in Suicide Prevention”

12:00 PM-1:00 PM


1:00 PM-2:00 PM

Plenary Speaker: (Prevention/Intervention)

Keirston Parham: “Peer Role in Suicide Prevention and Intervention”


2:00 PM-2:15 PM


2:15 PM-3:15 PM

Breakout Session 2

OPTION 2A (Postvention): Kathy Frisinia, “Working with Children after a Loss from Suicide”

OPTION 2B (Postvention): Stacey Buettner and Nicole Moore, “Survivors of Suicide”

OPTION 2C (Prevention): Nicole Wells, “Promoting Youth and Family Engagement in the Prevention of Suicide

3:15 PM-3:30 PM


3:30 PM-4:00 PM

“Importance of Self Care”

4:00PM-4:15 PM

Certificate Distribution; Total CE 5 hours


Continuing Education Information:

Contact Nicole Moore at or 814-451-2377 with questions about continuing education information for this event.


AMA ACCREDITATION:  The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


AMA DESIGNATION:   The University of Pittsburgh designates this live activity for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded 0.5 continuing education units (CEUs), which are equal to 5 contact hours.


ANCC ACCREDITATION:  UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


ANCC CONTACT HOURS:To receive 5 contact hours, the learner must attend the entire activity and complete the activity evaluation. 


CSWE ACCREDITATION:Edinboro University’s Social Work Programs are fully accredited by CSWE.  Edinboro University is a Pre-Approved Provider of Social Work Continuing Education by the Pa. State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors.


CSWE CONTACT HOURS:To receive 5 contact hours, the learner must attend the entire activity and complete the activity evaluation.


Scholarship Information:

 Anyone interested in either scholarship opportunity should contact Vicky Merski, Director of Clinical Services at Safe Harbor Behavioral Health of UPMC Hamot at: or 814-451-2308


Please note there are a number of scholarships available, made possible by a generous donation from Erie County Department of Health and Human Services. Anyone with financial need is encouraged to attend. This year we are strongly encouraging anyone in the role of a peer specialist to specifically apply as many of the topics this year relate to the importance of this role!


Also, this year will be the first award for the Patty Puline Scholarship. Those interested in applying for this special scholarship, please prepare a one page essay detailing why it is important for you to attend this conference and the importance of community suicide prevention. Essays can be emailed directly to Vicky Merski at


 Vendor/Sponsorship Information:

Contact Sharon Sandberg at or 814-835-2953 with questions about becoming a sponsor or vendor for the event.


⧠            $2,500 – Gold Medal: Your logo placed on all advertisement prior to and during the event, 4 registrations, and a free vendor booth.

⧠            $1,000 – Silver Medal: Your logo listed in the program, 2 registrations, and a free vendor booth.

⧠            $500 – Bronze Medal: Your logo listed in the program, 1 registration, and a free vendor booth

⧠            $100 – Vendor Booth only


Have questions about 6th Annual Suicide Prevention Conference: Building Stronger Communities? Contact Safe Harbor Behavioral Health of UPMC Hamot

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Ambassador Hotel and Conference Center
7794 Peach St
Erie, PA 16509

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

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Safe Harbor Behavioral Health of UPMC Hamot

Safe Harbor Behavioral Health of UPMC Hamot provides comprehensive outpatient clinical services for adults and children who are identified as in need of mental health services. Individuals who meet state priority guidelines for serious mental illness or serious emotional disturbance are prioritized for care. Blended case management services are available for children and adults. Safe Harbor Behavioral Health of UPMC Hamot also provides 24-hour crisis intervention services via telephone, walk-in, and mobile services. Crisis Residential Services are available 24 hours a day to adults in Erie County meeting the criteria for a brief (five days or less) stay at a supportive residential facility to assist in resolving an immediate crisis. Peer specialist services are provided in both outpatient and through a Warm Line phone service hosted at Crisis Services. Outpatient, intensive outpatient, certified recover specialist, medication assisted treatment, warm handoff, and women’s recovery services are available for individuals with substance use disorders, through Safe Harbor Behavioral Health’s Addiction Medicine Services. Specialized programming for children includes Behavioral health rehabilitation services and the community school based behavior health team at Lincoln Elementary in Erie.





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