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WPIC’s STAR-Center Celebrates 25 Years of Caring for Suicidal Teens with Day-Long Conference

WHAT: Services for Teens At Risk-Center (STAR-Center) conference will provide an overview of child and adolescent emotional and behavioral problems, based on 25 years of expertise in caring for suicidal teens in the clinic and local community.

WHO: Presented by the STAR-Center, a program of Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC, the conference will be attended by clinical and educational personnel, including psychologists, counselors, social workers, Pennsylvania educators and other professionals.

WHEN: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Friday, May 6

WHERE: William Pitt Student Union, University of Pittsburgh, 3959 Fifth Ave., Oakland

WHY: Opening remarks will be given by Claudia Roth, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of WPIC and vice president, UPMC Behavioral Health. The conference will feature keynote addresses by David A. Brent, M.D., director of the STAR-Center, professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and academic chief of child and adolescent psychiatry at WPIC, and Mary Margaret Kerr, Ed.D., professor and chair, administrative and policy studies at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, as well as an array of clinical and educational breakout sessions. 

Skill-development workshops, to be presented in the afternoon by experts in the field, will cover:

  • Connecting with teens’ “inner adults” – guidelines for parents and teachers
  • The benefits of intensive outpatient programs
  • Learning the language of self-injury – what’s dangerous and what’s not
  • Addressing anxiety about going to school
  • Depression and suicide – risk and resilience in gay, lesbian and bisexual teens
  • Supporting students and staff following a suicide and other tragic losses
  • Helping parents to help their depressed and suicidal teens
  • Facilitating transitions – matching treatment to the needs of the teen client
  • Adolescent brain development and self-management skills – strategies to help teens regulate emotions  and behaviors
  • Differences between adult grief and the grieving experiences of children and teens
  • Suicide risk assessment and safety planning

The full program brochure and registration form is available at the STAR Center website.

NOTE TO MEDIA: Those interested in covering this event must contact Megan Grote Quatrini at 412-586-9769.

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