Thursday, November 29, 2018

Webinar: Preventing Suicide Through Social Connectedness

The ICRC-S Webinar Series:
Preventing Suicide through Social Connectedness
Please join us for an ICRC-S Webinar
An Overview of What we Know About Promoting Connectedness
Thursday, December 13, 2018
3:00 – 4:00 PM Eastern Time

Please join us for this first webinar of the ICRC-S 2018 – 2019 webinar series, Preventing Suicide by Promoting Social Connectedness: An Overview of What we Know About Promoting Connectedness. In this webinar, Kim Van Orden, PhD, from the Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide at the University of Rochester, will discuss the state of the science on social connectedness as an intervention target to prevent suicide. She will discuss current challenges faced by researchers and practitioners in suicide prevention, including: how to define and measure connectedness; clarifying the role of connectedness as an intervention target (e.g., causal factor and/or buffer or protective factor); limitations of what is known about promoting connectedness; and opportunities for the field to build a portfolio of evidence-based strategies to promote connectedness. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions of the presenter.
Please note that we do not offer CEUs or certificates for our webinars.

This webinar will be recorded and emailed to all registrants. 

Kim Van Orden, PhD is a clinical geropsychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and an Associate Director of an NIMH-funded research fellowship in suicide prevention and an investigator at the Center for Excellence in Suicide Prevention at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center. Her current and recent research projects examine behavioral interventions to reduce suicide risk in later life via the mechanism of increasing social engagement and connectedness. Much of her work is conducted through community partnerships with her local Area Agency on Aging. Her work is also grounded in a psychological theory of suicide, The Interpersonal Theory of Suicide, which she helped develop, refine, and test. Her research is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Aging, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Kim also mentors students and postdoctoral fellows and maintains an active clinical practice providing evidence-based psychotherapy to older adults. She is passionate about preventing suicide by promoting social engagement and improving quality of life. Dr. Van Orden received her MS and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Florida State University, and completed her residency in psychology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry.