May 1, 2013

1,000 Peel educators, healthcare professionals, parents and students Stand Up for student mental health at 25th annual psychology conference

More than 1,000 educators, healthcare professionals, parents, and students will attend the Peel District School Board’s 25th annual school psychology conference, Youth suicidal behaviour and the schools: Current best practices in prevention, intervention and postvention, on May 2 at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga. Dr. David N. Miller will provide participants with practical, evidence-based strategies for more effectively preventing and responding to suicidal behaviour in children and youth.

“For the past 25 years, our annual conference has brought psychology to educators, always highlighting current topics that have a direct impact on student success,” said Dr. Alessandra Capodilupo, Peel board psychologist and conference chair. “This year we are asking participants to Stand Up for student mental health. For children and teens to learn, they must feel safe and cared for. Each of us has a responsibility to do our part to help every student develop healthy relationships, make good choices and achieve success.”

David N. Miller, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of School Psychology at the University at Albany, State University of New York. He is the author of the book Child and Adolescent Suicidal Behavior: School-Based Prevention, Assessment, and Intervention (2011), senior author of Identifying, Assessing, and Treating Self-Injury at School (2010), and has published numerous journal articles and book chapters in the area of youth suicidal behavior and related internalizing problems. The current Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Suicidology, David is a certified school psychologist who has worked extensively with youth exhibiting suicidal behavior, as well as other emotional and behavioral problems, in both public and alternative school settings.

The conference is hosted by the Peel board’s Psychology Services Department and runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Port Credit Secondary School Strings Ensemble will be performing in the atrium during morning registration.  Dr. Miller will be available for a book signing following the presentation.
 
The Living Arts Centre is located at 4141 Living Arts Dr. in Mississauga.

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Media contact:   Dr. Alessandra Capodilupo, Psychologist, Conference Chair,  905-451-2862 ext. 280, [email protected]
 
Dr. Jack Kamrad, Chief Psychologist, 905-890-1010 ext. 2356, [email protected]

Reference: Ryan Reyes, Communications Officer, 905-890-1010 ext. 2809 or [email protected]

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