Youth Suicide: A Look at Before and After

Speaker(s):

Shari Scott, M.A., LPC

Presentation:

Suicide slipped into the top ten as far as causes of death in the United States (CDC, 2016). Deaths among school-aged children and teens continue to be on the rise; so much so, that suicide has statistically risen to the second leading cause of death among people aged 10-34. Suicide traumatizes those left in its path and how to navigate the grief following a suicide is both tricky and scary. This presentation reviews precipitating factors in youth who die by suicide, as well as risk factors and red flags for youth who attempt it in hopes of informing prevention efforts moving forward. How to best screen kids for suicidality, as well as how to talk to youth who express suicidal thoughts shall also be highlighted. Additionally, this presentation covers common grief reactions in those working through the death of a loved one to suicide and how to best support those individuals.

Objectives:

  1. Review past and current statistics related to youth suicide
  2. Examine 10, 000 youth suicide since 2003 to survey precipitating circumstances
  3. Learn how to best talk with suicidal youth
  4. Explore ways to handle grief following the suicide of a young person

 

What’s My Role as a Non-Prescribing Clinician?

Speaker(s):

Barajas-Muñoz, Alex, PhD

Presentation:

This workshop will familiarize participants with the important role non-medical professionals such as counselors, case managers, and social workers can play in the management of behavioral health medications treatment. Strategies for communicating with clients about their medications and typical client concerns and barriers will be discussed, as well as ways to address concerns and barriers. Tips for communicating with physicians and improving multidisciplinary collaboration will be presented. Information about the free BHMEDS-R3 App for your Android or iPhone/iPad available for your mobile device from the Google Play or iTunes App Store will also be presented.

Objectives:

  1. Define the role non-medical professionals have in medication-assisted treatment for behavioral health clients. 
  2. Describe how to address client concerns and barriers. 
  3. Identify tools available to help work with clients and communicate with physicians about a client’s medication. 

Barajas-Muñoz, Alex, Ph.D.

Alex Barajas‐Muñoz has a PhD in Counseling Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Guidance, and a Master’s Degree in Neurosciences. Dr. Barajas is currently employed as a staff psychologist at the University of Kansas (KU) Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and serves as adjunct professor at the Counseling Psychology doctoral program at UMKC. He worked for over ten years as a Research Associate, Evaluator and Trainer with Mid‐America Addiction Technology Transfer Center at UMKC. His areas of expertise include: evaluation and research (development of evaluation instruments, data collection, data analysis and technical report writing ); counseling; training, editing and translating (English/Spanish) professional literature in the areas of psychology, neuroscience and substance use disorders; psychotherapeutic medications; and counseling special populations (Hispanic, LGBT).

 

Crees, Thomas, BA, CIT, CBHL, CPO

Thomas Crees is currently enrolled in Webster University’s Master of Arts program in Professional Counseling with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health. He received his bachelor’s degree in Criminology from Webster University. Tom’s area of research is based around Post Traumatic Stress within first responders, Trauma-Informed Care, and utilization of alternative therapy methods for PTS. Tom has presented to multiple law enforcement agencies, hospitals, and military installations on post-traumatic stress, Trauma-Informed Care, and crisis intervention for first responders and their families. His knowledge and research in these areas come from several years of lived experienced in both law enforcement and military service.

Tom’s current professional role is as the Community Treatment Liaison at ARCA, Assisted Recovery Centers of America. In this role, Tom assists law enforcement with crisis intervention response to calls for services involving individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. Before this role, Tom was a police officer with the St. Louis County Police Department. His last assignment within the police department was the Crisis Intervention Unit as the first Homeless Outreach Officer in the St. Louis County Region. Tom’s primary role was to develop best practices for law enforcement’s response and interactions with the unhoused population. Tom’s law enforcement experience ranges from criminal investigations, drug interdiction, executive protection, crisis intervention, and response to civil unrest. During his tenure with the St. Louis County Police Department, Crees served as an executive board member to the department’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the St. Louis Area CIT Council.

Crees is a Missouri POST certified instructor in crisis intervention, interview and interrogations, human behavioral analysis, and basic/advanced law enforcement training. Crees is currently a lead instructor for the St. Louis area Crisis Intervention Team program. In which Crees instructs officers on Hospital Procedures for Individuals in Mental Health Crisis, Building Legitimacy in Diverse Communities, as well as Law Enforcement and the Unhoused.

Prior to his law enforcement career, Tom served eight years in the United States Army as an infantry sergeant assigned to the 101st Airborne Division. Tom served multiple tours in hostile environments around the world.

Tom is a member of the American Counseling Association, the St. Louis County Continuum of Care, the Missouri Crisis Intervention Team Council, the International Association of Undercover Officers, and the St. Louis Area CIT Council. Tom Crees also works for Loaves and Fishes and St. Louis County Government as the Homeless Outreach Coordinator for the St. Louis County Region.

Presentation(s): 

Compassion Fatigue among First Responders


 

 

Keynote Address – A Spectrum of Clinical and Practical Applications Derived from Behavior Analysis

Speaker(s):

Friman, Patrick, Ph.D., ABPP

Presentation:

The core idea of behavior analysis is revolutionary in that it attributes the source or cause of behavior not to the behaving person him or herself but to what has happened to that person up to the exhibition of the behavior. This is one of the most powerful ideas ever invented by mankind for understanding, knowing, and dealing with human behavior, especially when it is a problem (because it seeks not to fix the blame but rather seeks to fix the problem instead). And virtually everything this idea touches improves. It has revolutionized approaches to habit disorders, incontinence, addictions, delinquency, and numerous other major concerns of our time. Still, the idea has only begun to be harnessed. Not only can it be used to improve the lives of clients in need, but it can also be used to improve the lives of their providers, and indeed the lives of all people. This talk will describe several options derived from behavior analysis the application of which could exert a powerful beneficial influence on everyday life. Examples range from reducing stage fright to improving relations with significant others and much in between.

Objectives:

  1. Describe the core idea of behavior analysis.

  2. Identify a way to use emotion to enhance persuasion.

  3. Describe a way to use choice to reduce inappropriate responses to aversive circumstances

Violent Impulsivity in the Chronic Inpatient Unit

Speaker(s):

Jahan, Azmi, MD

Presentation:

Analyzing behavioral patterns in treating impulsiveness and aggression on the chronic inpatient unit.

Objectives:

  1. Identify medication properties that would effectively treat impulsivity
  2. Familiarize with impulsivity factors and its association with substance abuse
  3. Identify treatment challenges when selecting treatment regimen
  4. Identify medications, which provides effective results in treating violent impulsive behavior, while being familiar with the adverse side effects

Jahan, Azmi, MD

Dr. Azmi Jahan completed his Bachelor’s of Arts from Georgia State University and went further to obtain his Medical Degree from St. James School of Medicine. He is currently completing his last year of Psychiatry residency training at UMKC. His presentation focuses on analyzing medications and/or additional factors that his patient responded to in treating aggression.

Presentation(s): 

Violent Impulsivity in the Chronic Inpatient Unit


 

 

The Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences & Trauma on Men and Women of Color

Speaker(s):

McCaskill, Eddie, MSW, EdD

Bass, Anthony, MA, MSW

Presentation:

This presentation will examine the impact of adverse childhood experiences and trauma on people of color. People of color who have experienced one of the indicators of adverse childhood experiences or trauma may be at a greater risk for physical, behavioral, and psychological concerns. This presentation will increase understanding, knowledge, and also advance health equity by providing practitioners with valuable data on a population (people of color) that has not been researched on a major basis. The presentation will also provide effective interventions that have proven to be effective in working with people of color who have been exposed to adverse childhood and traumatic experiences.

Objectives:

  1. Identify the indicators of adverse childhood experiences.
  2. Identify the impact of trauma on the brain.
  3. Describe the impact of ACE’s and trauma on people of color.
  4. Identify effective interventions when working with people of color who have experienced adverse childhood experiences and trauma

McCaskill, Eddie, MSW, EdD

Dr. Eddie McCaskill is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Master’s Addiction Therapist, and a National Board-Certified Counselor. Dr. McCaskill is a certified member of the American Psychological Association. Dr. McCaskill has been licensed in the State of Missouri since 1991 as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Professional Counselor. Dr. McCaskill completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University. Dr. McCaskill completed his Master’s in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis and completed his Doctorate from Argosy School of Professional Psychology and Grand Canyon University.

Dr. McCaskill has provided services to the under-served population in the St. Louis area for over 30 years. Dr. McCaskill’s area of research is adverse childhood experiences, trauma and people of color. Dr. McCaskill is presently the Lead Mental Health Clinician at the Fathers and Families’ Support Center in St. Louis, Mo. Dr. McCaskill has presented at the Healthy Marriage and Responsive Fatherhood Conference in Washington DC in 2017; Missouri Department of Mental Health Conferences in 2019 and 2021; Philadelphia Trauma Training Conference, 2019; and the NAADAC 2019 Annual conference in Orlando, Florida.

Presentation(s): 

The Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences & Trauma on Men and Women of Color