Cultivating Resilience, Preventing Suicide
in Teller County
The second annual suicide awareness and resilience symposium will be held on March 1, 2024
in Woodland Park.
Through expert speakers, local stories of triumph, and
interactive sessions, we invite you to be part of a movement
that grows resilience, breaks down stigma, and promotes
a future filled with hope.
This event is free and open to the public but registration
is required. Click the button below to reserve your spot!
This year, SAS 2024 will have opportunities to connect and engage with breakout sessions of your choosing. From expressive art to the science of trauma, choose from a variety of breakouts that best fit your interests and needs. You will walk away with tools that you can work into your personal relationships and your work.
The Conversations We are Not Having
Cass Walton, BS
Suicide Prevention Advocate
Building Resilience from the Ground Up: Zero-5 Years Old
Judy Bayley, MS Child Development and Family Relations
Recognizing the Impact of Stress & Trauma
Learning Objective: List the symptoms and impact of differing experiences of stress and trauma.
Nicole Weis, MA, LPC, LAC
Beyond Toughness: Redefining Masculinity through Mental Health and Gun Safety
Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative
Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Training
Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.
Alan Katzen, LCSW, LPH
Springing Forward from Trauma: Seeds for Growth & Transformation
11:30 am-12:00 pm
Audience members will be prepared to describe the basic steps in Post Traumatic Growth.
Joyce Aubrey, Finding Our Voices
Coping with Anxiety
Kirsten Wulfsberg, LPC
Embracing the Awkward: Let's Talk About It
Human Trafficking Prevention: Identification & Reporting
2. How do I identify Human Trafficking?
3. How does knowledge about Human Trafficking prevent suicide
4. I suspect Human Trafficking-now what?
5. How can I make my community safer?
Learning Objective: Learn signs of human trafficking, how to report it and prevent it. You will be able to apply those skills to keep you and your community safe.
Beth Ritchie, Executive Director & Founder
Bringing Our Valley Hope
Connecting in Crisis: A Local Story
Aimee Kahl, Community Member
Ryan Brown, Captain Community Paramedic
The Importance of Caring Contacts in Your Circle
Robin Shawe, LPC, LAC
Zero Suicide Coordinator, UCHealth
Sustaining Hope: Faith-Based Approaches to Suicide Prevention
David Galvan,Trainer/Director of Innovation & Development, Soul Shop Movement
Finding Light in the Darkness: A Survivor's Story
Human, victim, veteran, survivor, artist, student, teacher, Reiki Master
Growing Resilience as a Family
Learning Objective: Discuss key resilience strategies that can be incorporated as a family.
Lauren Shaw, Psy.D., GRIT Program Manager
Lyda Hill Institute for Human Resilience
Faces and Voices of Recovery: A Panel Discussion
What's On Your Mind
Learning Objective: Help the community understand what this resource is and how to access it.
Bianca Melancon, BS
We Are Here: Stories of Queer Connection & Resilience
Erin O' Connell
Overcoming Compassion Fatigue and Burnout
Learn about the symptoms and experiences of compassion fatigue and burnout, common experiences of secondary traumatic stress. Attendees will learn how to recognize symptoms and risk factors in self and others, and pathways to overcoming compassion fatigue and burnout while fostering resilience skills.
Learning Objective: Describe the symptoms and impact of compassion fatigue and burnout and gain resilience skills in combatting these experiences.Lauren Shaw, Psy.D., GRIT Program Manager
Lyda Hill Institute for Human Resilience
The Art of Sharing My Story: A Panel Discussion
Finding Our Voices
Transformation Through Expressive Art
Speaker, Author, Artist
Creating Safety in the Community
Learning Objective: You will leave this presentation understanding how to create a network of support with a focus on increasing protective factors.
Caitlyn Caviness, MA, LPC
Fast-Track Healing: The Impact of Innovative Therapy Combinations
Learning Objective: Elevate your care strategies with the integration of transformative therapeutic technologies.
Sam Peterson, MBA
Director of Veteran Programs, Altior Health
SAS 2024 is free and open to the public. Complimentary food and resources will be provided. However, due to limited space,
registration is required. Click the button below to reserve your spot.
For additional questions or accommodation requests, contact Ashlee Shields at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2024 Planning Team
Janet Stoddard Dedicated Community Member
Dr. Ann Rush Status Code 4, Inc.
Ashlee Shields Suicide Prevention, TCMHA
Chelsea Wages, MFTC ITSCO, LLC
Michelle Wolff Teller County Department of Public Health & Environment
Kathy Sparnins Voices of Grief
Olivia Hernandez UCCS BSW student intern, TCMHA
Megan Billesbach Colorado Community Health Alliance
Roberta Renfro Diversus Health
Kirsten Wulfsberg BH Regional Specialist, CSU Extension
The Teller County Mental Health Alliance (TCMHA) is a multi-organization collaborative supporting the behavioral health needs of the community.
TCMHA began in 2018 as a grassroots effort in response to growing community concerns about behavioral health in the community.
By pooling individual resources and establishing a shared agenda, The Alliance orchestrates a coordinated set of actions to foster a resilient and healthy community.
We’d love to hear from you! Reach out to TCMHA with non-emergency comments or questions.