When Sexual Assault Survivors Call: Suicidality within the Context of Sexual Assault

05/18/2012 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
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Webinar Objectives: Participants will gain a better understanding of the increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors among survivors of sexual assault, and will understand the importance of discussing suicide and assessing suicide risk for the survivors we support. Participants will be able to utilize strategies gained to engage the survivor who is suicidal with increased confidence. Additionally, participants will learn about how to work and advocate with systems that respond to suicidal behavior.Webinar agenda:·         Finding a place for risk of suicide in strength-based work ·         Understanding the relationship between trauma and suicide among survivors of sexual violence ·         Prevalence of suicidal ideation among survivors of sexual violence ·         What to look for: Subtle and overt signs of suicidal behavior ·         Tools for responding to suicidal thoughts and actions- Respectful conversations and interventions - Engaging other systems and resources (including rape crisis centers)·         Self care: Taking care while giving care Presenters: Lisa Hartwick, LICSW and Elisabeth Nash Wrenn, MSW Lisa Hartwick has worked as the Director for The Center for Violence Prevention and Recovery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center since 2004. Previously, she was the Clinical Director for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC), in Cambridge, MA. She spent nearly a decade running the clinical programs at BARCC which served survivors of sexual assault, their families and significant others. Ms. Hartwick spent the earlier part of her career as the clinical director of several out patient mental health programs. She is interested in multidisciplinary approaches to addressing sexual assault and domestic violence as well as the intersection of trauma and mental health. She received her MSW from Boston University in 1987. Elisabeth Nash Wrenn worked as the Assistant Director for the North Shore Rape Crisis Center (NSRCC) in Lynn, MA from 2008-2011. Prior to her work with the NSRCC, Elisabeth worked for the Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Substance Abuse Services from 2001-2008. She is on the Board of Directors for Lynn Economic Opportunity (LEO), as well as for the Salem State University School of Social Work Alumni Organization. Elisabeth received her MSW from Salem State University with a focus in End of Life Care. She is currently dedicating her life to raising her baby girl, Georgia Grace. This free webinar is sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Suicide Prevention Program with help from the Sexual Assault Prevention and Survivor Services Program. To Register: send an e-mail to Brandy Brooks brandy.brooks@state.ma.us BY May 16, 2012. Brandy will send a response e-mail with the Webinar link and instructions.

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