414 Hope & Heal: Uniting for Suicide Prevention and Mental Wellness

Milwaukee, WI US
September 6, 2024 to September 11, 2024
This 4-day event will bring together health care professionals, community-based organizations, and suicide prevention advocates to share information about evidence-based suicide prevention practices, including those intended to eliminate racial disparities in suicide locally and across Wisconsin. September 6th will include a keynote and facilitated action-planning by Victor Armstrong, Vice President for Health Equity and Engagement at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. September 9-11th will be a Masterclass in Meaning-Focused Grief Therapy, led by Dr. Robert A. Neimeyer and Dr. Carolyn Ng, intended to give helping professionals of all disciplines the conceptual and practical tools they require to work alongside clients struggling with painful, preoccupying and protracted grief, as they strive to find significance in the face of devastating bereavement. 
Limited scholarships are available to those who demonstrate need and commitment to addressing suicide within marginalized communities. If interested in a scholarship, please complete this form before registering. 
This conference is hosted by Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee, Milwaukee County Behavioral Health, and the Medical College of Wisconsin. 
This conference is funded in part by the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment, as well as in part by federal award number SLFRP0135 awarded to the Medical College of Wisconsin via the Wisconsin Department of Administration by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. 

Target Audience

The primary audience for this event includes individuals and organizations who provide care and support for individuals at risk of suicide, including individuals who have experienced a sudden, traumatic loss. This includes clinical health care providers, therapists, social workers, and community-based organizations. We are also inviting suicide prevention advocates, including those with lived experience, to this event to support the championing of evidence-based suicide prevention and postvention strategies in our community.

Learning Objectives

September 6th

Presenter: Victor Armstrong
At the end of this event, participants will be able to:
1.  Describe the incidence of suicide in Milwaukee County and describe racial disparities in suicide in our community.
2.  Articulate evidence-based suicide prevention strategies that are culturally appropriate for disproportionately affected groups in our community.
3.  Explore opportunities to implement evidence-based suicide prevention strategies within their clinic or agency.

September 9, 10, 11th

Presenters: Carolyn Ng, Robert Neimeyer

At the end of this event, participants will be able to:
1.  Identify current evidence-based practices and guidelines for providing grief therapy to address the needs of those impacted by traumatic losses, including suicide loss.
2.  Increase their self-efficacy to support individuals experiencing grief after a traumatic loss by at least 25%.
3.  Identify at least 2 practices to apply training content to their current work with bereaved individuals.
Additional information


Patricia Monroe
Phone Number: 
+1 (414) 955-7660
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 21.00 APA
    APA credit.
  • 21.00 NASW
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
09/06/2024 - 8:00am CDT
Event ends: 
09/11/2024 - 5:00pm CDT

Sept 6th

8:00-9:00am  Check-In, Networking

9:00-10:00am Overview of burden & disparities of suicide in WI—Dr. Sara Kohlbeck

10:00-11:45am Keynote-Victor Armstrong

11:45-12:00pm Break—Resource Tables

12:00-1:00pm Lunch

1:00-2:00 pm Action Planning led by Victor Armstrong

2:00-2:15pm Break

2:15-3:00pm Action Planning Recap led by Victor Armstrong


Sept 9:  Grief & It’s Complications

8:00-9:00am Check-in, Networking

9:00-10:30am Adaptive Grief:  Integrating the Loss

10:30am-10:45am Break

10:45-12:00pm Prolonged Grief Disorder: Criteria and Controversy

12:00-1:00pm Lunch

1:00-2:30pm From Principles to Practice:  Assessing Functional Impairment

2:30-2:45pm Break

2:45-4pm The Long Quest for Meaning:  Mediators of PGD in Violent Loss


Sept 10:  Attachment-Informed Grief Therapy

8:00am-9:00am Check in/networking

9:00-10:30am Attachment and Loss:  Reaffirming the Continuing Bond

10:30am-10:45am Break

10:45-12:00pm Resourcing Resilience:  The Secure Base Map

12:00-1:00pm Lunch

1:00-2:30pm  The Shadow of Suicide:  Addressing Unfinished Business

2:30-2:45pm Break

2:45-4pm Realigning the Relationship: Correspondence with the Deceased


Sept 11:  Trauma-informed Grief Therapy

8:00-9:00am Check in/networking

9:00-10:30am Loss Epicenters:  Mapping the Trauma of Loss

10:30am-10:45am Break

10:45-12:00pm Restorative Retelling:  Integrating the Event Story of Violent Death

12:00-1:00pm Lunch

1:00-2:30pm From Principles to Practice:  Guidelines for Narrative Reconstruction 

2:30-2:45pm Break

2:45-4pm Embodied Dialogue:  Transforming Traumatic Meanings

ThriveOn King Building
2153 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
Milwaukee, WI 53212
United States


Complimentary parking is available in the ThriveOn King garage or surrounding streets. The parking garage is located off W. Lloyd Street between N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Vel R. Phillips Avenue. Enter the garage from W. Lloyd Street. 

For directions to the parking garage entrance, we recommend using this address in your wayfinding app: 356 W. Lloyd Street, Milwaukee, WI 53212. 

Building Entrance: 

Enter the building at the southwest entrance located off of Vel R. Phillips Avenue or W. Lloyd Street, closest to the parking garage. 



In accordance with the ACCME® Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, Standard 3, all in control of content must disclose any relevant financial relationships. The following in control of content had no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD
Professor Emeritus, University of Memphis
Director, Portland Institute for Loss and Transition


Carolyn Ng, PsyD, MMSAC, RegCLR
Associate Director and Faculty
Portland Institute for Loss and Transition


The following persons in control of content disclosed the following financial relationships which were reviewed via the MCW conflict of interest mitigation process and addressed.






Psychology CE Credit Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The Medical College of Wisconsin maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This activity contains content or processes that may be potentially stressful.

MCW's Psychology Continuing Education Grievance Policy


"This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886840778-5781) for 21 continuing education contact hours."

Available Credit

  • 21.00 APA
    APA credit.
  • 21.00 NASW


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Course Description
Workshop: 414 Hope
September 6, 2024
(sign-up limited to 150 participants)
General Registration:
414 Heal w/o Credits
September 9-11, 2024
General Registration:
414 Heal + CE Credits
September 9-11, 2024 



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