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The Trauma/Suicide Connection: A Suicide Prevention Workshop for Practition...

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24 Cottage Road

Kensington, NH 03833

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HAVEN is excited to invite you to Alnoba ( www.alnoba.org ) for a day-long conference exploring the relationship between trauma and suicide risk. Participants will gain practical skills for identifying and responding to warning signs of suicide. Additionally, presenters will discuss the impact that trauma has on the brains and bodies of individuals, how to recognize trauma as a risk factor for suicide, and how to implement a trauma informed approach to working with clients.

This program has been approved for 6 CES from the NHPA as well as for 6.0 Category I CEUs in Suicide Prevention by the National Association of Social Workers, NH Chapter. CEU # 3359

Our Presenters:

Elaine de Mello, MSW, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked in the mental health field since 1978 as a clinical program manager in inpatient and community settings; she also served as an emergency services clinician and director of Quality Improvement. Additionally, Elaine worked for seven years as a school counselor and currently teaches on the faculty at Plymouth State University and as a Child Impact Program instructor at Riverbend Community Mental Health Center.

Elaine has worked full time with NAMI NH since 1999 where she had a lead role in the development of the Connect Suicide Prevention and Postvention Program, a national best practice. Elaine has provided training and consultation in mental health and suicide prevention throughout the United States and Canada in a variety of settings including state and tribal entities, community coalitions, schools and campuses, health care facilities, and military and paramilitary organizations. She serves as a trainer for the NH Police Standards and Training Council, and is also a trainer in AMSR, CALM and Connect and is certified in conducting psychological autopsies through the American Association of Suicidology. Elaine has been the co-chair of the NH Youth Suicide Prevention Assembly since 2003 and a member of NH’s Suicide Fatality Review Committee.

Cassie Yackley, Psy.D. has spent more than 25 years committed to understanding and effectively addressing the impact of traumatic/adverse experiences on children, caregivers/families, and systems. She brings together recent discoveries from developmental neuroscience, attachment, implementation science, and reflective practice to help audiences develop skills of relationship and self-awareness in ways that transform organizations, promote staff professional growth and wellness, and improve outcomes for the consumers they serve.

She believes that people are more than their symptoms, which are our body's and mind's ways of dealing with overwhelming adversity. People do the best they can, given their circumstances. Relational safety, compassion, opportunities for reflection, and empowerment allow us to transcend traumatic experiences. Cassie has collaborated with individuals, providers, and agencies across child-serving systems to employ this approach.

Cassie’s projects have included: Generating Resilience Outcomes & Wellness (GROW) Project which will provide training and consultation with NH schools and districts in the implementation of a trauma-informed approach to education. Partners for Change, working with NH Child Protective Services and Juvenile Justice to both actualize their commitment to trauma-informed care and more effectively coordinating efforts across systems; Safe Schools, Healthy Students, providing training in trauma-informed practices for five major NH school systems; Growing Healthy Families, developing sustainable capacity for ongoing training of NH mental health providers in Child Parent Psychotherapy one of the few evidenced-based treatments for children six and under and their caregivers; Trauma-Informed Early Childhood Services, Pre-school Technical Assistance Network, & State Systemic Improvement Plan, where she is developing a sustainable network of training and support for early-childhood care providers and pre-school teachers and staff. She has developed training and provided consultation with organizations and systems making the shift to a reflective, trauma-informed stance including NH DCYF, NH Hospital, Crotched Mountain Rehabilitative Center, and several schools and school districts. Yackley served 10 years as Director and Chief Psychologist for an APA-accredited doctoral intern program and continues to tremendously enjoy teaching and supervising growth-minded professionals.

This conference has been sponsored by Exeter Hospital as a part of their Suicide Prevention Initiative, as well as cosponsored by the New Hampshire Psychological Association (NHPA) and HAVEN.


Schedule for the Day

8:00 am -8:30 am Breakfast & Registration

8:30 am -11:30 am Morning Program: Suicide Risk and Lessons Learned from Lived Experience (3 Hours)

This workshop will review the risk and protective factors and warning signs for suicide and effective interventions and approaches. The presentation will also look at the relationship between trauma, mental illness and suicide. With these conditions as a backdrop, vignettes from real experiences will illustrate the many different ways that a person on a life journey through mental illness and/or trauma can be affected positively or negatively by subsequent experiences. Framed with data, best practices and testimony from lived experience, a variety of examples will be shared about interactions and approaches that could make a difference in the life of a youth or an adult who is living with trauma, mental illness, and/or suicide risk.

11:30 am -12:30 pm Lunch at Alnoba

12:30 pm - 3:30 pm Afternoon Program: Trauma Informed Practice for Suicide Prevention (3 hours)

Participants will learn how trauma affects brain growth and physical health, impairs social, emotional, and cognitive functioning, and sets the stage for the onset of mental and physical problems leading to premature disease and death. A host of human service organizations have adopted a “trauma-informed” approach in response to what is now know about the prevalence and impacts of adverse experiences on individuals, families, and systems. Those who lack a trauma-informed stance risk developing practices and policies that inadvertently re-traumatize those they serve, and can lead to burnout and secondary traumatic stress. Trauma-informed approaches promote better outcomes for both consumers and staff well being. Audiences will be introduced to the principles and practices of trauma-informed care as they apply to suicide prevention. They will also learn what approaches facilitate recovery and resilience.

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Wrap-up and Evaluations

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize the relationship between trauma, mental illness and suicide risk
  2. Understand the dynamics that can increase or decrease risk for suicide in persons with mental illness and/or trauma
  3. Understand interventions and best practices for reducing risk of suicide
  4. Describe the impact of trauma on the brain and body
  5. Understand the long term physical and behavioral health impact of trauma
  6. List Trauma-sensitive principles, practices and procedures to address the impact of trauma
  7. Integrate trauma-sensitive practices into their practice


This event is co-sponsored by New Hampshire Psychological Association. New Hampshire Psychological Association (NHPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. These credits are also accepted by the State Board of Mental Health Practice for all NH licensees. NHPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
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