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8:30 a.m. – Registration, Continental Breakfast
8:55 a.m. – Opening Remarks

9:00 a.m. – Suicide Prevention: Science and Trends
Christine Moutier, M.D. 
Chief Medical Officer, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Suicide was declared a public health crisis by the U.S. Surgeon General in 1999. However, suicide rates have continued to climb over the past 18 years by a staggering 33% overall. Suicide rates in youth and young adults are lower than that of older demographic groups, however the rates have been increasing in American youth as well. There are several science-informed, evidence-based strategies to reduce suicide risk, both in the public health approach for an entire population, as well as clinical interventions for patient care. As the science of suicide and prevention has been growing rapidly over the past two decades, these prevention strategies and targeted ways to better identify risk must be translated and disseminated for greatest impact. Mental health conditions are among the most common and potent risk factors for suicide, and most mental health problems can be effectively managed. But real and perceived barriers, such as confidentiality concerns and fear of negative ramifications on one’s status as a student or professional keep many individuals from addressing their mental health needs.

10:00 a.m. – Asians and Suicide
Rona Hu, M.D.
Medical Director, Acute Psychiatric Inpatient Unit, Stanford University School of Medicine
Nationwide, Asian American youth are at a higher risk of suicide than their non-Asian peers. This tragic statistic was brought close to home at Stanford when a nationally publicized ‘cluster’ in Palo Alto included four deaths in 2015: all four were Asian. Stanford psychiatrists have worked with the community to identify risk factors and help decrease stressors in this population. Dr. Hu and colleagues have pioneered an innovative theater company called CHIPAO: Communication Health Interactives for Parents of Adolescents and Others. The program received national acclaim and is expanding into other areas of need, such as Latino and other immigrant parents, and geographic areas.

11:00 a.m. – Break

11:15 a.m. – Psychiatrist Reactions to Patient Suicide
Michael Gitlin, M.D.
Distinguished Professor of Clinical Psychiatry; Director, Adult Division of Psychiatry; Director, Mood Disorders Clinic; Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Patient suicide is among the most difficult outcomes among clinical psychiatrists. This talk will review the typical reactions to patient suicide, and discuss the phases of responses. We will also review the predictors of more difficult responses to patient suicide. Finally, we will discuss the optimal methods for coping with patient suicide.

12:15 p.m. (to 12:45) – Physician Suicide
Matthew Goldenberg, D.O.
General and Addiction Psychiatry Private Practice, Santa Monica, CA; Chairman Of The Board, California Public Protection & Physician Health (CPPPH); California Clinical Instructor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Medical Staff, Cedars Sinai Medical Center
While the media and our field is focused on the Suicide Epidemic, there is a lesser discussed epidemic occurring involving physician suicide. It is estimated from various sources that hundreds of physicians die by suicide annually. We know that fear and stigma are two of the largest barriers that keep physicians from getting help when they suffer from mental health conditions and addiction. Untreated mental health conditions are one of the largest causes of suicide among physicians. This talk will cover what every psychiatrist needs to know to assist a colleague, their wellbeing committee or even themselves.

SCPS Member – $160.00
Non-SCPS Member – $180.00
SCPS Resident* – $55.00
Non-SCPS Resident* – $65.00

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SCPS Suicide: Perspectives on a Contemporary Crisis

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*Must be enrolled in a full-time, degree granting program. Must send photocopy of student I.D. with registration form. NO EXCEPTIONS.

To Register with a check, please mail payment to: SCPS, 2999 Overland Ave. Suite 208, Los Angeles, CA. 90064

Cancellations must be received 48 hours prior to the meeting and will be assessed a $45 administrative processing fee.

SCPS would like to thank: Michael Gales, M.D. (Program Chair), David Fogelson, M.D., Jacquelyn Green, M.D., Samuel Miles, M.D., and Heather Silverman, M.D. for planning this event.

3.5 Hours Category 1 CME will be available for this meeting.

The Southern California Psychiatric Society (SCPS) is accredited by the Institute of Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. SCPS takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

SCPS designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certification in Continuing Medical Education.