Trauma, Suicide & Addiction in the Berkshires: What We Can DO
PRESENTATIONS

 

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“Trauma: Epidemiology and Epigenetics as Guides Towards Successful Prevention, Healing, and Growth” (2-hours)
Alex Sabo, MD – Chair & Program Director of Department of Psychiatry, BMC

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Objective: At the end of the presentation the participant will be able to: List 7 adverse childhood experiences associated with increased risk of suicide attempts and chronic medical illness in adulthood; explain how nurturing young in rat models (of human developmental stress) leads to the epigenetic-mediated expression of glucocorticoid receptors in the hippocampus and why that is important to your mental and physical health; explain why these two “discoveries” will be key drivers for prevention strategies and integrating behavioral health into primary care settings and other community settings; explain how concepts from the resilience, mentoring and yoga-mindfulness literature are starting points for communities to mobilize their helping resources.
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Objective: At the end of the presentation the participant will be able to describe 3 steps in a resilient response to stress; explain 5 practices associated with individuals who have been resilient in facing moderate stress and even severe trauma; give one example each describing how an individual, organization or a community used resilience training, mentoring or yoga-mindfulness to mitigate burnout, compassion fatigue or secondary traumatic stress.
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1 - YOUTH BREAKOUT SESSION: “Youth Development, Trauma and Suicidal Behavior”
Brenda Butler, MD – Pediatric Psychiatrist, Berkshire Medical Center
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Objective: At the end of the presentation the participant will be able to explain how adverse childhood experiences impact development, describe the results of a study on resilience-building, and suggest strategies to foster resilience and prevent suicide.
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2 - ADULT BREAKOUT SESSION: “Adult Opioid and Suicide Fatalities: Data, Intervention Strategies, and Restoring Hope”
Part 1-Understanding Suicide Among Working-Age Men
Franklin Cook, MA, CPC – Consultant, Unified Community Solutions
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Part 2-Understanding the Addiction/Suicide Connection
Jennifer Michaels, MD – Asst. Professor of Psychiatry, UMass Medical School
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Objective: At the end of the presentation the participant will be able to: Describe the relationship between substance use, depression, and increased risk for suicide. Recognize the disease model of addiction. Identify current suicide trends, focusing on women. List implications for positive interventions. Discus the high prevalence of suicide among men 25-64, as well as the key contributors for suicide and the key concepts for helping men at risk. Explain the purpose and details for the MassMen.org campaign.
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“Narrative and Community as Transformational Forces” (1-1/2 hours)

Andrew Gerber, MD, PhD – Medical Director/CEO, Austen Riggs Center
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Objective: At the end of the presentation the participant will be able to describe 3 steps in a resilient response to stress; explain 5 practices associated with individuals who have been resilient in facing moderate stress and even severe trauma; give one example each describing how an individual, organization or a community used resilience training, mentoring or yoga-mindfulness to mitigate burnout, compassion fatigue or secondary traumatic stress.

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