Responding to 13 Reasons Why: An Interactive Q&A Discussion

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April 20 3pm-4pm EDT

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Conversations that change lives.

About Our Presenters

Dr. Dan Reidenberg, Executive Director of Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, Managing Director of the National Council for Suicide Prevention and the current US Representative to the IASP

Christy Olson, EdD, LMHC, Mental Health Coordinator, Polk County School Board

Pat Breux, BSN, State Coordinator of School and Youth Initiatives, Suicide Prevention Center New York (SPC-NY)

Jennifer Spiegler, Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships at Kognito

Conversations that change lives.

Dr. Dan Reidenberg, Executive Director of Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, Managing Director of the National Council for Suicide Prevention and the current US Representative to the IASP

Dr. Dan Reidenberg serves as Co-Chair of the IASP Media and Suicide Task Force, Chair of the American Psychotherapy Association Advisory Board and Chair of the Certified Relationship Specialists Board and is on the Advisory Board for TalkLife.com. He serves on the editorial advisory boards for The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Crisis, American College of Forensic Examiners, Annals of Psychotherapy and Integrative Medicine and Esperanza magazine and is a proposal reviewer for SAMHSA and the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Dr. Reidenberg speaks internationally and has over 50 published articles and book chapters on mental health and suicide including Suicide Prevention.  He developed one of only 3 evidence-based programs for schools listed on the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs; several Best Practice materials; and he leads the Social Media and Technology Summits developing the next generation of suicide prevention technology for the online industry.

Dr. Reidenberg is interviewed 3-5 times a week by major media sources from around the world, is on faculty of the Poynter Institute training journalists, runs a national Award for Excellence in Media Reporting on Suicide as well as the world’s only Certification for Safe Messaging program. He led the development of and wrote the US Recommendations for Media Reporting on Suicide, Recommendations for Reporting on Mass Shootings, Blogging on Suicide and helped develop the Media Recommendations on Bullying. He also led the workgroup on Warning Signs for Suicide and helped develop the US National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and the National Research Agenda. 

He has received numerous awards for his work as a Non-Profit Professional, Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Expert and Service to Humanity Awards, as well as being named a Champion of Change by the Obama Administration at the White House.
Christy Olson is a licensed mental health counselor who is currently working as the mental health coordinator for the Mindful Schools Grant through the Polk County School Board. She has worked for the school district for 12 years and assists with mental health awareness training and activities. She helps coordinate the county crisis team and works with the schools to ensure follow-up plans are in place for students who have been Baker Acted. She has an educational doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology and a master’s degree in Professional Mental Health Counseling. She is a certified trainer in Youth Mental Health First Aid and Prepare.

Christy Olson, EdD, LMHC, Mental Health Coordinator, Polk County School Board

Pat Breux, BSN, State Coordinator of School and Youth Initiatives, Suicide Prevention Center New York (SPC-NY)

Jennifer joined Kognito in 2010 with a background spanning education, business, and not-for-profit sectors, in areas such as instructional design, strategic communications, fundraising, and arts administration. Prior to joining Kognito, Jennifer served as assistant director of the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning where she initiated new projects with faculty in the health sciences. At Kognito, Jennifer leads engagements with state-level government agencies, statewide non-profits, and school districts, overseeing a multi-disciplinary team to support client marketing, customer experience, and simulation customization, and new simulation development.

Jennifer Spiegler, Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships at Kognito

Pat Breux, RN BSN, is the State Coordinator of School and Youth Initiatives at the Suicide Prevention Center of New York. In her role she provides training, and consultation in best practices in suicide prevention, intervention and after suicide death to schools, youth serving organizations and communities across New York State. She is a Livingworks Education certified ASIST and SafeTALK trainer. Her work has received National recognition and many awards. She is the author and developer of a National Best Practice workshop, “Creating Suicide Safety in School”.

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