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Student Health provides ongoing support for school nurses and other professionals working to enhance the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of P-12 school-aged students.

Network participants include school nurses, school administrators, school counselors, health and physical education teachers, school psychologists, primary care providers, primary care staff, healthcare administrators, and state agency staff.

UW ECHO in Student Health is a collaboration with Rutgers School Health Leadership Program and the UW School of Nursing.


Sessions

Sessions are on Wednesdays, bi-weekly,
3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. MT
via Zoom video conferencing technology.

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Suicide and Self-Injury Prevention

Spring ECHO Sessions

 

For our spring series for ECHO in Student Health, the focus will be on suicide and self-injury prevention. The first three sessions will be lead by Dr. Julio Brionez, PhD, Assistant Director & Outreach Coordinator at the University of Wyoming Counseling Center. Dr. Brionez is a licensed psychologist in Wyoming, Colorado, and Montana. He primarily serves at the University of Wyoming Counseling Center and in his private practice. Dr. Brionez is a first-generation college student, identifies as Latino, male,and uses he/him pronouns. He specializes in the treatment and prevention of suicide and uses interventions from acceptance and commitment therapy and cognitive therapies.

Dr. Brionez

The first three sessions will examine suicide, its warning signs, risk factors, an assessment measure, and treatment through a cognitive-behavioral lens. Next, the sessions will provide practical methods to increase connection, community, and wellness starting in adolescence and into adulthood. Lastly, the sessions will take into account top-down and bottom-up wellness for professionals.


The next three sessions will be lead by Dr. Carolyn Pepper, PhD, Professor and Director of Clinical Training, Department of Psychology, University of Wyoming. Dr. Carolyn Pepper grew up in a small town in Michigan. She earned her PhD at Stony Brook University in New York and completed a one-year internship at the Boston VA. She spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan before her first academic appointment at Binghamton University in upstate New York. She has been a faculty member in the Psychology Department at the University of Wyoming since 2002. She served for six years as the Department Chair and is currently the Director of Clinical Psychology PhD training program. Her research focuses on self-injurious behaviors, including emotion regulation in nonsuicidal self-injury and suicide in the Mountain West.

Dr. Pepper

These next three sessions will focus on nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI). They will describe the primary forms of NSSI, the relationship between NSSI and suicide, explain how NSSI regulates emotion, discuss treatment strategies, and discuss the prevalence of NSSI in LGBTQIA+ youth.

 


January 19: Health and Wellness to Reduce Suicide (Part 1)

Presenter: Julio Brionez, PhD, Assistant Director & Outreach Coordinator, University of Wyoming Counseling Center

This three part series will examine suicide, its warning signs, risk factors, an assessment measure, and treatment through a cognitive-behavioral lens. Next, the sessions will provide practical methods to increase connection, community, and wellness starting in adolescence and into adulthood. Lastly, the sessions will take into account top-down and bottom-up wellness for professionals.

 

Session Learning Objectives:

  • Learn a Socio-Ecological Model (SEM) of suicide prevention and treatment

  • Learn and discuss SEM interventions that promote health and wellness at the Societal/Community, Relationship, and Individual level

 

Session Skills and Strategies:

  • Share the Safe2Tell app/program with someone in your school or workplace

  • Spread awareness and complete a QPR training

  • Apply the Socio-Ecological Framework to identify risk and protective factors for youth

 

February 2: Health and Wellness to Reduce Suicide (Part 2)

Presenter: Julio Brionez, PhD, Assistant Director & Outreach Coordinator, University of Wyoming Counseling Center

This three part series will examine suicide, its warning signs, risk factors, an assessment measure, and treatment through a cognitive-behavioral lens. Next, the sessions will provide practical methods to increase connection, community, and wellness starting in adolescence and into adulthood. Lastly, the sessions will take into account top-down and bottom-up wellness for professionals.

 

Session Learning Objectives:

  • Apply a Socio-Ecological Model (SEM) to the case presented

  • Learn and apply a brief cognitive model of treatment for suicide risk via SEM

  • Receive an overview of the Suicide Model

  • Learn about Crisis Response Plans

  • Discuss ways that culture enhances plans for safety and crisis reduction

 

Session Skills and Strategies: TBD


 *February 2 Session Registration*

February 16: Health and Wellness to Reduce Suicide (Part 3)

Presenter: Julio Brionez, PhD, Assistant Director & Outreach Coordinator, University of Wyoming Counseling Center

This three part series will examine suicide, its warning signs, risk factors, an assessment measure, and treatment through a cognitive-behavioral lens. Next, the sessions will provide practical methods to increase connection, community, and wellness starting in adolescence and into adulthood. Lastly, the sessions will take into account top-down and bottom-up wellness for professionals.

 

Session Learning Objectives:

  • Learn ways to advocate for equitable treatment for self and others

  • Learn and discuss practical ways to maintain health and wellness without always adding more to your day

  • Learn two relaxation techniques

 

Session Skills and Strategies: TBD


 *February 16 Session Registration*

March 2: Introduction to Nonsuicidal Self-Injury

Presenter: Carolyn Pepper, PhD, Professor and Director of Clinical Training, Department of Psychology, University of Wyoming

These next three sessions of the series will focus on nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI). This session will be an introduction to nonsuicidal self-injury and will describe the prevalence and primary forms of NSSI in adolescents. It will explain the relationship between NSSI and suicide. Lastly, the session will speak on conducting an assessment for the presence of NSSI.

 

Session Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the prevalence and primary forms of NSSI in adolescents

  • Explain the relationship between NSSI and suicide

  • Conduct an assessment for the presence of NSSI

 

Session Skills and Strategies: TBD


 *March 2 Session Registration*

April 13: Nonsuicidal Self-Injury and Emotion Regulation

Presenter: Carolyn Pepper, PhD, Professor and Director of Clinical Training, Department of Psychology, University of Wyoming

These next three sessions of the series will focus on nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI). This session will be on nonsuicidal self-injury and emotion regulation. It will list the primary functions of NSSI, explain how NSSI regulates emotions, and select appropriate treatment strategies for adolescents with NSSI.

 

Session Learning Objectives:

  • List the primary functions of NSSI

  • Explain how NSSI regulates emotions

  • Select appropriate treatment strategies for adolescents with NSSI

 

Session Skills and Strategies: TBD


 *April 13 Session Registration*

April 27: Nonsuicidal Self-Injury and LGBTQIA+ Youth

Presenter: Carolyn Pepper, PhD, Professor and Director of Clinical Training, Department of Psychology, University of Wyoming

These next three sessions of the series will focus on nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI). This session will be on nonsuicidal self-injury and LGBTQIA+ youth. It will describe the prevalence of NSSI in LGBTQIA+ youth and explain the relative risk for different members of this community.

 

Session Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the prevalence of NSSI in LGBTQIA+ Youth

  • Explain the relative risk for different members of this community

 

Session Skills and Strategies: TBD


 *April 27 Session Registration*

May 11: Creating a Suicide Postvention Plan

Presenter: Ashley McRae, Community Prevention Specialist, Prevention Management for Campbell County

This session will look at how to support a school who experiences a loss from suicide. It will discuss having a postvention plan, which is an organized immediate, short-term, and long-term response in the aftermath of a suicide to promote healing and mitigate the negative effects of exposure to suicide. We will discuss protocol, including guides and a tool kit, for a clear plan of what to do if it happens.

 

Session Learning Objectives: TBD

 

Session Skills and Strategies: TBD


*May 11 Session Registration*

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