Conference Information

Dear Colleague,

The 2023 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 5, 2023 from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.  

The complete program, along with registration is available on the STAR-Center Website at   


Complete Conference Program 

Friday, May 5, 2023

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.   Identify the suicide risks of sexual and gender diverse youth

2.   Discuss the role of social media on the mental health of sexual and gender diverse youth

3.   Highlight clinical strategies to reduce youth suicidality

4.   Describe specific tasks that school-based staff can undertake to prevent or respond to school violence

5.   Meaningfully connect with other mental health professionals to develop prevention practices

6.   Access evidence-based tools to promote mental health and prevent youth suicide



Registration Fee - $40 
UPMC/University of Pittsburgh Employee Registration Fee - $20 

The registration fee includes continuing education credits for the maximum of two certificates. Please contact Nancy Mundy ( for additional information.


PLEASE NOTE:  PowerPoints and information about the speakers or presentations will be made available electronically a few days prior to the conference.  To print copies, please visit the STAR-Center Website – or contact Jamey Covaleski at, or go to for additional information.




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.