Conference Information

Dear Colleague,

The 2022 STAR-Center Conference will be offered virtually once again this year.    

The STAR-Center Conference will be offered via live streaming using Zoom.  This will take place on May 6, 2022 from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.  

The complete program is now available on the STAR-Center Website at   


Complete Conference Program 

Friday, May 6, 2022

8:30-3:30 p.m.

(Sign into meeting: 8:15 a.m.)


Course Directors

David A. Brent, M.D., Director, STAR-Center

Paula S. McCommons, Ed.D., Director, STAR-Center Outreach



STAR-Center is a suicide prevention program for teens and young children within the UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital, Department of Psychiatry. From its inception in 1986, the program has been primarily funded through an appropriation from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to the University of Pittsburgh.

STAR-Center is a program that combines clinical and outreach services designed to combat the problem of child and adolescent suicide. We provide outpatient assessment and treatment for depressed and anxious children and teens. We also offer acute treatment to depressed and suicidal teens via our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).

Our annual conferences strive to disseminate what we have learned about best practice clinical care into practical guidelines for educational and community settings. STAR Center is devoted to providing training opportunities for students and psychiatric residents as well as contributing to the future development of research designed to study the pressing issues related to child and adolescent suicide.


Target Audience

This program is appropriate for clinical and educational personnel.


Course Objectives

At the completion of this conference, participants should be able to:

1. Explain the current trends, research findings, and racial disparities concerning preteen suicide and suicidal behavior.

2. Discuss options of assessment of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts in preteens.

3. Identify opportunities for suicide prevention for preteens.

4. Identify resources for professional development and new teacher induction.

5. Discuss best practices in selecting mental health programs and services.

6. Identify assessment tools for evaluating ongoing school mental health initiatives.



Registration Fee - $30 
UPMC/University of Pittsburgh Employee Registration Fee - $15 

The registration fee includes continuing education credits.


PLEASE NOTE:  A link to join the Zoom meeting and instructions will be e-mailed to all registrants one day prior to the conference. If you do not receive this e-mail from Nancy Mundy by 3:00 p.m. on May 5, 2022, please contact her at  PowerPoint presentations and other conference materials will be available at by Monday, May 2, 2022.

For additional information regarding presenters or presentations, please go to, or contact Jamey Covaleski at




Continuing Education Credits

Continuing Education Credit is available for this program for Psychologists, Counselors, Licensed/Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, National Board Certified Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists:  LSW/LCSW/LPC/LMFT, PA Educators, and other professionals.  Please click here for detailed information about Continuing Education Credits.