FSPC is offering three pre-conference workshops on Monday morning,
February 20, 2023 beginning at 8:00 am with break and snacks. These workshops permit additional time for exploration, interaction, networking, and thorough information sharing. Considering registering for one of these opportunities (additional fee applies).
Pre-Conference Workshop #1: Guides to Hope & Healing After Suicide Loss. In addition to immediate and long-term benefits to suicide bereaved who seek care from mental health professionals and resources, to faith-based resources when applicable, there are significant benefits for suicide bereaved who connect with a suicide loss support group. While support groups are never meant to replace professional mental health care, well-run, effective groups have a role and provide tangible and irreplaceable benefits to suicide bereaved. There is “healthy healing” being done through the fellowship, interactions and discussions in support group meetings. This 4-hour workshop is in two parts, the first two hours of the morning will have a Panel Discussion format addressing various benefits and aspects of suicide bereaved support groups ranging from what it takes to establish a group to actually facilitating it. There will also be a Q&A session with the Panelists. The second half will feature a special “Hope & Healing Remembrance Ceremony” that will conclude the workshop.
Pre-Conference Workshop #2: Upstream Suicide Prevention for Law Enforcement: Strengthening Mental Resilience, Marriages, and Money Management. Recent research from Dr. Olivia Johnson and the Blue Wall Institute have tracked 10 common factors linked to Law Enforcement suicide, naming these factors, the Fatal 10. Law enforcement officers and their families face extraordinary challenges, often linked to these Fatal 10 factors, especially in the areas of Mental Resilience, Marriage, and Money. This presentation will train participants how to practically tackle those challenges and turn the tide against debt, divorce and despair. Presenters, Pat & Rachelle Burns, have unique backgrounds, personal experience and combined skill sets in law enforcement, suicide prevention, marriage & family therapy, counseling, financial literacy/education, debt-free living and life coaching. This presentation uses technology and personal engagement to supply participants with an abundance of strategies to thrive relationally, and become debt-free and mentally resilient.
Pre-Conference Workshop #3: The Zero Suicide Framework: Strategies, Resources, and Lessons Learned for Implementation & Outreach. Zero Suicide is a framework to improve suicide care across health and behavioral health systems. This requires intensive guidance and technical assistance offered to organizations, even if their workforce is embedded in daily suicide prevention activities. The following workshop reviews what zero suicide is, types of organizations that could benefit from its implementation, and reviews the short-term and long-term action steps for implementing the seven zero suicide elements. The workshop will also include examples and lessons learned from implementation initiatives, such as Zero Suicide Partners of Pinellas (ZSP). ZSP is a collective impact project of Pinellas Behavioral Health System of Care. ZSP implemented standardized suicide prevention assessments and treatment care pathways throughout Pinellas County while ensuring collaborative, suicide-safe transitions of care. The goal of this workshop is for our community partners to have the information they need to take actionable steps toward progress in zero suicide implementation, including community outreach.