Featured Speakers - May 18, 2012
Dr. Alan Wolfelt, PhD
“Exploring the Special Features of Suicide Grief:
A "Companioning" Philosophy of Caregiving”
Dr. Alan Wolfelt, PhD is a noted author, educator, and grief counselor. Recipient of the Association for Death Education and counseling's Death Educator Award. He serves as the Director of the Center for loss and Life Transition in Fort Collins, CO. He is the author of over 30 books on grief and loss. Among his titles are: Understanding your Suicide Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones, Healing the Bereaved Child, Companioning the Bereaved: A Soulful Guide for Caregivers, and Creating Meaningful Funerals. A frequent guest of the media, Dr. Wolfelt has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the NBC Today Show and the Larry King Show. He has been recognized as one of North America's leading death educators.
Dr. John Draper , PhD
“Innovations and Technology in Suicide Prevention and Intervention”
Dr. John Draper , PhD has nearly 24 years of experience in crisis intervention and suicide prevention work, and is considered one of the nation’s leading experts in crisis hotline practices. Since 2004, Dr. Draper has been the Director of the SAMHSA-funded National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-TALK), overseeing all aspects of this service. Dr. Draper is also MHA-NYC’s VP of Crisis and Behavioral Health Technologies, and is the founding director for MHA-NYC’s award-winning LifeNet call center (1996-2004), a center which is now one of 152 members in the Lifeline’s national network. Dr. Draper is also the primary Lifeline liaison to both SAMHSA and the VA Crisis Line and plays a key role in coordinating communications and service needs of these federal agencies.
Laurie Davidson, MA
“Innovations in Clinical Care: From Provider Capacity to a Systems Framework”
Laurie Davidson, MA is manager of provider initiatives at the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) at EDC, Inc. SPRC is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help organizations develop a suicide prevention infrastructure by creating and institutionalizing programs, policies, and systems likely to contribute to decreases in suicidal behavior and suicide. Laurie previously managed the technical assistance provided to the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act college and university grantees, and was an associate director of the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention, funded by the U.S. Department of Education. She has a Masters degree in counseling and spent seven years as a clinician in community mental health centers.