Services for Teens At Risk

New Webinar Available

Treatment of Suicidal Youth:  A Glimpse into the Future



David A. Brent, M.D., Academic Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Endowed Chair in Suicide Studies, Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics & Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, and Director, STAR-Center (Services for Teens at Risk), Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

Advances in technology and neurobiology create new opportunities for novel approaches to the assessment and treatment of suicidal youth. With respect to assessment, we will review adaptive screening, computerized tasks and neuroimaging approaches to detecting suicidal thinking, the use of mobile phone and speech analyses to detect suicidal individuals, and interventions of suicidal behavior and self-harm involving texting to encourage treatment follow-up, and games to alter cognitive bias about suicide.

At the conclusion of this keynote, participants should be able to:
1.  Discuss novel methods of assessment of suicidal risk, including computerized adaptive screening, machine learning use of medical records, neurocognitive tasks, speech analysis, and use of passive cell phone data .
2.  Discuss the neurobiological approaches to identification of suicidal risk including neuroimaging analyses of how suicidal and non-suicidal individuals differ when thinking about suicide-related words.
3.  Explain novel methods of intervention, including a texting intervention to encourage follow-up and a game to alter the suicidal biases that many suicidal patients have.



Presented by Mary Margaret Kerr, Ed.D., Professor and Chair, Administrative and Policy Studies, University of Pittsburgh, School of Education. 

Once overlooked in the delivery of mental health services, both K-12 and university educators now assume a prominent role.  This session first will offer an historical perspective on educators' involvement in suicide-related work.  Next, we examine what the literature says about the impact on educators when they confront students at risk for suicide.  Lastly, highlighting lessons we learned through STAR-Center's collaborations with schools and universities, we offer recommendations for educators' involvement in the future.  

At the conclusion of this keynote, participants should be able to:
1.  Explain an historical perspective on educators' involvement in suicide-related work.
2.  Articulate what research has uncovered about educators' knowledge, roles, attitudes, and beliefs related to suicidal youth.  
3.  Identify preferred approaches for professional development, collaboration, and evaluation in mental health-education partnerships.