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Southwest Region Workshop

  • Friday, October 11, 2019
  • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Montour DEW Middle School, 60 Gawaldo Dr, PA Coraopolis,, PA 15108
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Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals (PASAP)

Southwest Regional Workshop

Answering the Call: How Educators and SAP Professionals Can Begin to Tackle the Tough Issues Facing Our Student

Friday, October 11th, 2019
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Montour DEW Middle School
60 Gawaldo Dr, Coraopolis, PA 15108

8:00 - 8:30 am:  Arrival and Check-in

8:30 - 8:45 am:  Welcome, Agenda Setting and Introductions: Carolyn Welshonce & Terry Kerr

8:45 - 10:15 am:  Cynthia Baca, RN, MSN and Maria Anderson, LCSW : Suicide, Cutting and Self Harm: Basics for SAP Teams

Workshop Description: The rate of teen suicide has steadily increased since 2005. Among youth ages 10-34 years old, suicide is the second leading cause of death. In this workshop, we will review ways to complete a suicide risk assessment with school age youth. Attendees will learn:

  • How to respond when a student discloses that they are self-harming or having thoughts of suicide
  • Identify how to recognize those at risk for suicidal thoughts and self-injury
  •  Identify the difference between self-injury and suicidal behavior

10:15 - 10:30 am:  Break

10:30 - 12:00 pm:  Kelly Monk, RN, BSN:  Working with Grieving Students and Staff After a Loss

 Workshop Description: This workshop will review the impact that grief can have on staff and students.   An overview of the different types and stages of grief will be discussed, as well as, the type of impact bereavement can have on adolescents effecting all dimensions of their development and functioning.  Additionally, a brief review of support interventions and resources will be provided.

12:00 - 12:45 pm: Lunch (provided)

12:45 - 2:45 pm:  Ryan Klingensmith:  Digital Trends, Mental Health & Cyberbullying

Workshop Description:  The goal of this session is to help adults educate and provide guidance for youth to create a digitally responsible culture among today’s digital youth. This session will identify categories of social networking that educators should be aware of and looking for with youth. The presentation will review information on: Accessing the Dark Web through apps and web browsers - online grooming - cyberbullying resources - fake text messages - common mistakes - social media and drugs - internet “challenges” (Momo) - mental health concerns such as eating disorders, self-harm and suicide - suicide prevention resources - prevention steps - using a Technology Contract - access to online resources.

2:45 - 3:00 pm:  Break

3:00 - 4:00 pm:  Dr. Sansea Jacobson:  Adolescent Mental Health and Media: Through the lens of 13 Reasons Why

 Workshop Description:  In the month following the release of the wildly popular and controversial Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, there was a 28.9% increase in youth suicide in our nation. Dr. Jacobson will guide the audience in a better understanding of the concept of suicide contagion and related concepts as they pertain to the relationship between media and adolescent mental health.

4:00 pm:  Closing Remarks: Carolyn Welshonce & Terry Kerr

PASAP Member Rate: $25.00
Non-Member Rate: $75.00  

To become a member of PASAP and receive the membership registration rate click here
  Membership must be paid prior to registering for the workshop in order to register for the workshop at the member rate.  

Continuing Education Credits

PASAP is an Act 48 Approved Provider. Participants can earn up to 6 hours of Act 48 credit (full workshop attendance). (Morning Session Only: 3 hours, Afternoon Session Only: 3 hours). Participants must provide their Professional Personnel ID (PPID) number when registering and must be present at each session in its entirety to receive credit. Additionally, 6 hours of social work credits or LPC will be offered through the University of Pittsburgh. A $10 fee for the social work credits will be added at the time of pre-registration.


About Our Speakers:

Cynthia Baca RN, MSN:  Cynthia Baca earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Nursing from Waynesburg University. She has been a nurse for 28 years, with 18 years of experience in child and adolescent psychiatry.  Cynthia joined Services for Teens at Risk (STAR-Center) in 2008.  She completed CBT training at The Cleveland Center for Cognitive Therapy in Cleveland OH.  As a nurse clinician at STAR, Cynthia provides medication management, psycho-education, and individual therapy, while also assisting with group therapy sessions. Cynthia also helps facilitate the SOS (Survivors of Suicide) group.

Maria Anderson, LCSW:  Maria joined the STAR Clinic in July 2013 as an individual therapist. She is currently a senior clinical staff member in addition to having supervisory responsibilities at STAR.   Along with the Program Manager, Kim Poling, LCSW, Maria is in charge of training the clinic’s graduate students (masters and PhD candidates) in completing comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, completing thorough suicide risk assessments on adolescents with severe depression, and safety planning.  She has co-facilitated K-SADS trainings, along with Candice Biernesser, PhD in St. Louis and Washington DC. Maria had previously worked as an individual, group and family therapist for three years at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic's Center for Psychiatric and Chemical Dependency Services (CPCDS), a program serving adolescents and adults with multiple, complex psychiatric and substance use problems.  Prior to coming to WPIC in 2010, she worked on a federally supported SAMHSA grant in Chicago's inner city at the largest substance abuse agency in Illinois.  She was one of two professionals recruited to implement the clinical portion of a project that provided HIV prevention services to high risk substance abusing women of color.  Maria earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at DePaul University in 2005 and her Masters in Social Work with honors from Rhode Island College in 2007.  Her MSW internships included working with Family Services of Rhode Island and Rhode Island Hospital's Adult Psychiatric Inpatient Unit, a facility associated with Brown University.

Kelly Monk, RN, BSN:  Kelly Monk serves as a Clinical Research Coordinator at UPMC. Ms. Monk received her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from La Roche College.  She has specialized in child and adolescent psychiatry during her more than 30 years in the nursing field. Over the last 25 years, she has coordinated multiple federally-funded and industry-sponsored research studies under the direction of Boris Birmaher, MD, a renowned child and adolescent child psychiatrist, at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital (WPH).  Additionally, for several years, she has co-facilitated the STAR Center’s Survivor of Suicide (SOS) support group.

Ryan Klingensmith, LPC, NCC:  Ryan has been working with children and teenagers with mental health concerns since 1994. He has held roles such as therapist, supervisor and clinical director in several residential and outpatient settings. He is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and is a nationally certified counselor (NCC). He currently provides educational mentoring for at-risk students at a school district K-12. He is the co-founder of Shape The Sky (www.shapethesky.org ), a training agency dedicated to helping parents, educators and counseling professionals learn to effectively communicate and educate youth to be digitally responsible citizens.

Dr. Sansea Jacobson:  Sansea L. Jacobson, M.D. Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, STAR-Center. Program Director, Child Fellowship and Triple Board. Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital.

Dr. Jacobson was born and raised in Burlington, VT. She completed her undergraduate education at Dartmouth College and Oxford University and received her medical training at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Jacobson trained in general and child psychiatry at Western Psychiatric Hospital (WPH) where she was a chief resident and the co-founder of the Academic Administrator Clinician Educator (AACE) Track. Dr. Jacobson is currently the Program Director for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship and Triple Board Program at WPH. She is also the co-chair of the UPMC Graduate Medical Education WELL (Wellness, Environment, Learning, and Living) Committee, where she oversees initiatives to support the well-being of >1700 resident and fellow physicians across the UPMC health care system. Dr. Jacobson’s clinical and advocacy efforts are focused on the prevention of suicide in youth through her work at the Services for Teens at Risk (STAR) Center where she has been a core member of the team since 2007.

Nationally, Dr. Jacobson is the co-chair of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Training and Education Committee and a member of the AACAP Presidential Initiative Taskforce. In these roles, Dr. Jacobson has earned herself a reputation for creating and implementing innovative educational initiatives such as a toolkit to help support vulnerable youth exposed to sensitive topics in the media. Dr. Jacobson is the author or co-author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, as well as a recipient of the WPH Exemplary Faculty Teaching Service Award, Golden Apple Teaching Award, Samuel Gershon Teaching Award, Arnold P. Gold Foundation Teaching Award, Medical Humanism Award, University of Pittsburgh Excellence in Clinical Psychiatry Award, and a National Institutes of Health Research Training Award.

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