Kansas Association Of Masters In Psychology
Advocating for Masters Level Psychologists Across Kansas​​
KAMP Annual Spring Conference 2017

Friday, September 22, 2017

One Day  6 CEUs 


Fort Hays State University
Memorial Union-Black and Gold Room
600 Park St #1,
Hays, KS 67601

Parking may be tight at the Memorial Union the day of the conference. Alternate parking is available at Gross Coliseum. There will be a free shuttle from Gross Coliseum to the Union that runs every 15 minutes. 

Site Contacts: Susan Montague 785-577-5779

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Conference Schedule 
  1. 8:30 AM - 8:55 AM
  2. 8:55 AM – 9:00 AM
    Welcome & Introduction to the Workshop
  3. 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Session One: Suicide Risk Assessment
    -Monica Kurz, Director Kansas Suicide Prevention Resource Center
  4. 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    The Memorial Union at FHSU has multiple options for dining.
  5. 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Session Two: Ethical Considerations for the Care of Suicidal Individuals
    -Monica Kurz, Director Kansas Suicide Prevention Resource Center
  6. 4:00 PM
    Conference End
Session #1

Suicide Risk Assessment

Standardized assessment of suicide risk which is supported by a robust evidence base is essential for quality practice and to address the public health problem of suicide in Kansas. The C-SSRS is quickly becoming the “gold standard” in suicide risk assessment due to the flexibility it offers across settings, the accessibility of training for professionals in a variety of fields and the evidentiary support it shows for assessing risk for suicide attempts and ideation.

Learning objectives of this session include:
  1. Learn about the importance of standardized assessment of suicide risk and severity across multiple community and healthcare settings.
  2. Become familiar with the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS).
  3. Learn how to utilize the tool with people at risk of suicide, and understand how to score the scale.

Session #2

 Ethical Considerations for the Care of Suicidal Individuals

Competence is a key ethical factor in the care of individuals at risk of suicide. It is essential for psychologists (and other mental health professionals) to expand their competency to include the appropriate and effective assessment and treatment of suicidal individuals. This session will focus on common challenges experienced by clinicians working with people at risk of suicide.

Learning objectives will include:
  1. Identify ethical principles associated with treatment of suicidality.
  2. Work through case examples which demonstrate challenges and opportunities for ethical treatment of suicidality
  3. Be familiar with evidence in support of treatment of suicidality in the least restrictive setting
  4. Learn resources for increasing knowledge of risk assessment, safety planning for suicide, and outpatient treatment modalities of the drivers of suicide.

Meet The Presenter   
Lacy Abercrombie
Monica Kurz began working in the field of suicide prevention in 2005 as a volunteer counselor for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at Headquarters, Inc. She brought her passion for compassionate listening and a focus on consumer strengths to her work as a case manager in community mental health centers. After nine years of case management, Monica transitioned to the University of Kansas, School of Social Welfare as consultant for evidence-based treatment models of case management including the Strengths Model and Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment. Throughout this time, Monica maintained a focus on supporting high-quality suicide intervention services on the NSPL as a trainer with Headquarters, Inc. In January 2017, she moved to full time work on suicide prevention as the Director for the Kansas Suicide Prevention Resource Center. She enjoys educating and consulting with communities about prevention work and building suicide safer communities.
Monica Kurz
 Director Kansas Suicide Prevention Resource Center
Registration Fees

  ​Pre-registered if postmarked or emailed by Sept. 15, 2017. Group discounts available for groups of 4  or more.  

2017 KAMP/NAMP Membership Dues
KAMP $55
NAMP $65
KAMP Student/Retiree $25

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