3rd Annual Suicide Prevention Conference

Youth Suicide: Reality and Misconceptions

February 24, 2017
Nicklaus Children's Hospital, 
Main Auditorium

Light The Way. Offer Hope. Prevent Suicide.


About the Conference

The Third Annual Best Practices in Suicide Prevention Conference is an interdisciplinary undertaking supported by the generous work of many partners and volunteers. Special acknowledgement goes to Christine Reigadas, who continues to spearhead this vital, annual conference.

Planning Committee

We are deeply grateful to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital for hosting the Conference and to Dr. Jefry Biehler for Chairing the event. Thank you to the other members of the planning committee including: Dr. Aramys Barzaga; Dr. Rani S. Gereige; Demian Laudisio; Christine Reigadas; Dr. Janet P. Rosen; Patricia Timerman; Rita Tybor; and Frank J. Zenere. Ed. S. A special thank you to the M-DCPS Project Victory Students for assembling the conference materials.

Conference Agenda

7:00am Open Registration & Complimentary Continental Breakfast
7:55am - 8:00am Opening Remarks
Jefry Biehler, M.D. M.P.H.
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Chair, Suicide Prevention Conference Day
FIU Chair, Department of Pediatrics, and Director of Medical Student Education
8:05am - 8:45am Baker Act and Beyond: Treatment and Transition
Keynote Speaker: TBA
8:45am - 9:00am Questions and Answers
9:00am - 9:45am Bullying and Suicide: Is There a Connection?
Frank J. Zenere, Ed.S.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools
School Psychologist, Chair, Crisis Management
9:45am - 10:00am Questions and Answers
10:00am - 10:35am Crisis Intervention Simulation
Demian Laudisio
Suicide Prevention Trainer
Master Trainer of ASIST; QPR, MHFA Instructor; Crisis Worker Certified
10:35am - 10:50am Break and Networking
10:50am - 11:00am Pre-Panel Discussion
Debra Townsend, RN, PhD
Associate Professor at Florida Keys Community College
Richard Townsend, Ed.D.
Psychologist, Coordinator of Addiction Studies, Florida Keys Community College
11:00am - 12:00pm Postvention Panel Discussion
Moderator: Janet P. Rosen, Psy.D.
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Dept. of Psychiatry, Chief Psychologist
  • Educational View: Frank J. Zenere, Ed.S., M-DCPS
  • Clinical View: Silvia Reyes, PhD, LMHC, MFT, NCC; Barry University, Director of Family Care Center
  • Family View: Debra Townsend, RN, PhD, Associate Professor at Florida Keys Community College; and Richard Townsend, Ed.D., Psychologist, Coordinator of Addiction Studies, Florida Keys Community College
12:00pm - 12:45pm Lunch
12:45pm - 1:15pm The Jason Foundation
Manon Lepage, EFD Director BHS Outreach
Physicians & Provider Relations
1:15pm - 1:25pm Questions and Answers
1:25pm - 1:50pm Protective Factors
Patricia Timerman, LMHC, LMFT, NCC
1:50pm - 2:00pm Questions and Answers
2:00pm - 2:35pm What’s App? Tools, Apps and Other Resources
Rita Tybor, MA, ASIST Trainer
MHFA Instructor
Miami Dade College, Director of Student Wellness
2:35pm - 2:45pm Questions and Answers
2:45pm - 3:30pm Wrap-Up: Feedback Forms and Networking


The Planning Committees is grateful for support received Florida International University, Department s of Pediatrics, and Psychiatry. The conference was made possible, in part, from this support. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of FIU; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by FIU.


Accreditation Statement: Miami Children’s Health System is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement: Miami Children’s Health System designates this live activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty/Planner Disclosure Policy: In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education’s Standards for Commercial Support, all planners, teachers, and authors involved in the development of CME content are required to disclose to the accredited provider their relevant financial relationships. Relevant financial relationships will be disclosed to the activity audience.

Commercial Support Disclosure: No Commercial Support was received for this activity.

The Planning Committee and Staff have no conflicts of interest to declare.