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Zero Suicide and Trauma-Informed Care
Thursday, September 3, 2015 6:00:00 PM UTC - 8:30:00 PM UTC
In a trauma-informed approach, a behavioral health organization understands and develops a framework to best serve clients with histories of trauma. The system, and all employees in the system, understands the role that trauma can play in each person’s care and recovery. With trauma-informed care, the organization develops safeguards to ensure that the setting in which services are delivered, and the particular services offered are competent, safe, evidence-based, patient-centered, and do not re-traumatize individuals with histories of trauma. 

The input of those with lived trauma experience is essential in the development, delivery, and evaluation of services.  The Zero Suicide approach frames care for those at risk for suicide in much the same way that trauma-informed care provides a framework for serving those with histories of trauma. Many of the principles are similar: provide timely, effective, competent, evidence-based services that consider the individual’s history and relies on the input of those with lived experience to improve the agency’s care. Given the similarities between these two frameworks and the overlap in clients presenting with both trauma and suicide, several organizations have begun to pair Zero Suicide with their trauma-informed care initiatives. During this webinar, we will explore the relationship between trauma-informed care and Zero Suicide, and hear about two organizations that have designed training and policies using both frameworks.

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:
1)	Explain the prevalence and impact of traumatic stress and its relation to suicide
2)	Describe the similarities of Zero Suicide and trauma-informed care 
3)	Discuss ways to embed a Zero Suicide approach in an organization that has already adopted a trauma-Informed care culture

Speakers:
Jan Ulrich is the State Suicide Prevention Coordinator with the Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities. She has been a leader in suicide prevention and awareness efforts on a national, state and local basis since 2002, after the issue of suicide touched her family personally.  Ms. Ulrich has lead Kentucky’s Zero Suicide in Systems of Care initiative since 2012 and is a member of the national Zero Suicide learning collaborative.  

Kim Walton, MSN, APRN is the Chief Clinical Officer for Behavioral Health Services at Community Health Network in Indiana. She is responsible for clinical practice and outcomes across the care continuum and leads Integrated Behavioral Health initiatives. Kim leads Community Health Network’s Zero Suicide Initiative and has a goal of full implementation throughout the behavioral health continuum of care. Kim serves as Project Director on SAMHSA grants for primary behavioral health care integration and youth suicide prevention.

Leah Harris, M.A., is a mother, advocate, and storyteller who has written and spoken widely about her lived experiences of trauma, addiction, serious mental health challenges, and recovery. She is a suicide attempt survivor who works to incorporate the perspectives of attempt survivors in suicide prevention efforts. Leah is trauma informed care specialist and consumer affairs coordinator at the National Association for State Mental Health Program Directors and is a trainer with SAMHSA’s National Center for Trauma Informed Care. 


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