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The Courage Village Suicide Prevention & Awareness Conference came about after the deaths by suicide of two Napa youth three years ago. Aldea and our community partners came together to address those deaths, resulting in the first Courage Village Suicide Prevention & Awareness Conference in 2016 at Napa Valley College. That conference was a half-day, panel led discussion of suicide. Knowing that we could do more, the 2nd Annual Suicide Prevention & Awareness Conference took place in 2017, again at Napa Valley College. The 2nd conference included two breakout sessions with limited workshops in English and Spanish. When approximately 320 people attended the conference in 2017, Aldea again knew  that we needed to do more and determined to offer a full-day conference with a multitude of workshops covering a variety of topics all related to mental health and suicide prevention and awareness.

For the 3rd Annual Suicide Prevention & Awareness Conference, Aldea is excited to offer a full-day conference on suicide prevention and awareness for residents of Napa and Solano counties. The conference will feature 17 speakers in 15 workshops, and a keynote address to kick things off. In addition to the workshops, conference attendees will be served a continental breakfast (at 8:00 a.m.) and a hot, buffet style lunch (at 12:00 p.m.).

We are pleased to have Kevin Berthia as our keynote speaker. For those who attended our conference last year and heard retired CHP Officer Kevin Briggs speak about the man he talked into not jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge, Kevin Berthia is that man!

This year we will offer Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) for social workers. We will have workshop tracks for Latino families, teenagers and their families, medical professionals, and general interest.

This Live activity, Aldea's 3rd Annual Suicide Prevention Conference, with a beginning date of 09/21/2018, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to  6.00 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP16728 for 6.00 credits.

Several community partners will have information tables set up at the conference for you to visit. Please take time to stop by and say hello to our partners and learn about the many resources we have available.

At the request of the County of Napa, Aldea, along with many of our community partners, joined together to form the Napa County Suicide Prevention Council in November 2017. The council is working together to bring awareness to the stigma surrounding suicide, and to provide appropriate resources to make a positive difference in our community.

Thank you for your interest in the 3rd Annual Courage Village Suicide Prevention & Awareness Conference. Please take a look at the schedule of workshops listed below, and register today for the conference which will take place on Friday, September 21, 2018 at The Meritage Resort & Spa, located at 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa, CA 94558.




8:00 a.m.     Registration and Continental Breakfast                                     


9:00 a.m.     Conference Welcome and Kickoff                                               


9:15 a.m.     Keynote: Kevin Berthia                                                                 


10:30 a.m.   Breakout Session A (see below for workshops)


12:05 p.m.   Lunch - (provided)


1:15   p.m.   Breakout Session B (see below for workshops)


3:00   p.m.   Breakout Session C (see below for workshops)

For more information on each workshop and presenter, please click on the speaker's names on the speaker's page of this website. 



A-1: QPR Gatekeeper Training - Nancy Tamarisk (LIMITED TO 20 PARTICIPANTS; repeated in Breakout Session C-1)

A-2: Recognizing the Signs & Symptoms of Substance Abuse - Alex Ochoa

A-3: Healing Through Art: An Expressive Art Activity "Becoming Butterflies" - Jessica Thomason & Jose Martinez

A-4: Identify Suicidal Behavior: Addressing the needs of the individual and the family with psychoeducation  - Sharon DeMarco and Rose Perez (IN SPANISH)


B-1: Mindfulness Practices for Working with Difficult Emotions - Pam Walton & Mike Coughlin

B-2: A Family's Journey with Mental Health - Steve & Michelle Kiefer

B-3: Trauma Competent Caregiver - Shantal Shamoiel

B-4: How to Talk with Your Kids about Stress, Depression and Suicide - Graciela Rodriguez Garcia (IN SPANISH)


C-1: QPR Gatekeeper Training - Nancy Tamarisk (LIMITED TO 20 PARTICIPANTS; This workshop is a repeat of A-1)

C-2: Living with Suicide: A Parent's Perspective - John & Erika Brooks

C-3: The Pressure to be Perfect - Vicki Hoefle

C-4: Compassion Fatigue - Graciela Rodriguez Garcia (IN SPANISH)


A-4: Identify Suicidal Behavior: Addressing the needs of the individual and the family with psychoeducation - Sharon DeMarco and Rose Perez

B-4: How to Talk with Your Kids about Stress, Depression and Suicide - Graciela Rodriguez Garcia

C-4: Compassion Fatigue - Graciela Rodriguez Garcia



This all-day track is designed to assist those working in the medical profession to recognize the signs indicating that someone is at risk of suicide. The first portion of the Track will guide medical professionals through the Know the Signs curriculum. The second and third portions of this Track will concentrate on what to do when a patient exhibits signs of suicide risk, and how to implement changes in policy and practice to ensure that patients are receiving appropriate assessment, referrals and follow-up care. 


Workshop 1: Know the Signs, Suicide Prevention in Primary Care Settings

Summary: This workshop will offer an introduction to suicide prevention covering basic principles and information to provide attendees with a foundation of knowledge on the topic of suicide. Further, this workshop will explore suicide prevention in the context of the primary care setting, providing a brief overview of tools (CSSRS and SPI) that will be addressed in greater detail in subsequent workshops. 


Workshop 1 objectives: 1) Attendees will recognize behaviors that may indicate suicide risk. 2) Attendees will identify factors or life circumstances that might increase suicide risk. 3) Participants will examine procedures within a healthcare setting to improve recognition and response to patients at risk of suicide.


Workshop 2: Suicide Risk Screening using the CSSRS

Summary: This workshop will focus on utilizing the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (CSSRS) to determine level of risk in patients. By better identifying who is in need of the most acute care, we can reduce burden on the system, while also ensuring that individuals get the appropriate level of care.  The workshop will conclude with a discussion about how to implement this screening tool into protocols and procedures. 


Workshop 2 objectives: 1) Participants will differentiate between levels of suicide risk as it relates to thoughts and behaviors. 2) Participants will identify specific behaviors to better determine suicide risk in patients. 3) Attendees till explore appropriate responses to patients on level of suicide risk.


Workshop 3: Safety Planning Intervention (SPI)

Summary: This workshop will focus on utilization of the Safety Planning Intervention. During the workshop, attendees will be introduced to the Safety Planning Intervention (SPI) and its role in suicide prevention as a tool to empower individuals dealing with suicide risk. In addition, the workshop will conclude with a conversation about how to bring the resources and skills back to an agency to instill changes to better serve clients. 


Workshop 3 objectives: 1) Attendees will examine the Safety Planning Intervention and use of the tool in the health care setting. 2) Participants will differentiate between appropriate responses to various levels of suicide risk. 3) Attendees will apply their knowledge of SPI to strengthen their skills in the development of a safety plan with patients.


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Click on the speaker names to learn more about them and the workshops they are presenting.






We want to say a special THANK YOU to our sponsors! Without your support we could not hold this very important conference. 

To find out more about our sponsors, click on their logos and you will be redirected to their websites.


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