Planning for the 2018 National LOSS Team Conference is underway. Below are the speakers who have been secured so far. Please check back as we are updating as more speakers are being secured.
Frank Campbell, PhD, LCSW
Developer of the LOSS Team model
Dr. Campbell is the former Executive Director of the Baton Rouge Crisis intervention Center and the Crisis Center Foundation in Louisiana, USA. He is currently Senior Consultant for Campbell and Associates Consulting where he consults with communities and on Forensic Suicidology cases. It was due to his more than twenty years of working with those bereaved by suicide that he introduced his Active Postvention Model (APM) most commonly known as the LOSS (Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors ) Team. His work with survivors and victims of trauma has been featured in three discovery channel documentaries. The APM concept involves a team of first responders who go to the scene of a suicide and provide support and referral for those bereaved by the suicide. The goal has been to shorten the elapsed time between the death and survivors finding the help they feel will help them cope with this devastating loss. The Active Postvention Model has shown to have a positive impact on both the team members (most often bereaved individuals who have gotten help and now provide the installation of hope to the newly bereaved) as well as the newly bereaved. The model has now been replicated in countries as diverse as Australia, Singapore, Northern Ireland, and Canada.
Dr. Campbell is a past president of AAS and has received the Roger J. Tierney award for service and the Louis I Dublin Award in 2010 for his contributions to the field of Suicidology. Campbell was also selected by the International Association of Suicide Prevention to receive the 2009 Dr. Norman Farberow award for his international contributions on behalf of those bereaved by suicide.
He was Social Worker of the year in Louisiana and the first John W. Barton Fellow selected in his hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. To find out more about his work in the field of Suicidology you can visit www.lossteam.com
Teri V. Krull, LCSW, LLC
Teri V. Krull received her Masters of Social Work degree from Michigan State University in 1978 with a focus in family systems and resource development. She has completed postgraduate training in hypnosis, EMDR, child play therapy, social work, family and child intervention specific to divorce, childhood transition and resource development.
Ms. Krull has been in private practice for over 32 years serving as a parent coach/educator and a treatment specialist for children, adolescents and families. She is the Director of The Center for Positive Regard, a professional education center for the training and consultation of play therapists and social workers. Her prior work experience included: infant mental health; medical social work; school social work; parent education; coordination of community education programs; university graduate instruction and juvenile probation.
She has been a member of The Association for Play Therapy (APT) since 1985 and was APT’s Arizona’s statewide membership chair for ten years. Ms. Krull was a founding member of the Arizona branch of APT (AzAPT), and was its first President in 1993. In 2003, Ms Krull was awarded the honor, Arizona’s Leader in Play by the Arizona Association for Play Therapy. In 2007 she received the Distinguished Service Award by the same organization. Teri was recently recognized by the Arizona National Association of Social Workers with the Metro Phoenix – Branch 1, 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award followed by the Statewide NASW 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award for her service to clients and the profession of Social Work and Play Therapy in Arizona.
Ms. Krull served on the national board of APT from October of 1996 to October of 2002. She was national President in 1999 – 2000 and was the Co-Chair of the International Play Therapy Association Conference in 2000. She served on several national committees and headed the group that completed APT’s brochure designed for Managed Care. Ms. Krull continues to remain active in APT as a speaker for both state/national conferences and also serves on the APT Foundation Board.
Ms. Krull has taught and developed courses for Arizona State University’s Graduate School of Social Work in Play Therapy and Child and Adolescent Assessment. She lectures nationally on a variety of play therapy and social work topics and co-facilitates Camp PlayMore, a play therapy professional retreat, in collaboration with Joyce Mills, Ph.D. She also collaborates with Kevin O’Connor, Ph.D in facilitating European based therapy instructional intensives. She has provided staff and parent instruction for Charter Schools, supervisory services to counseling staff at local high schools and is a faculty instructor providing play therapy training to Child Psychiatric Residents.
In 2011, Jeff Dill founded Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance (FBHA). This organization is a 501 (3) (C). www.ffbha.org
Jeff travels the United States & Canada holding workshops to teach firefighters & EMS about behavioral health awareness and suicide prevention. FBHA is the only known organization that collects and validates data on FF and EMT suicides across the United States. In addition, FBHA holds classes for counselors/chaplains, family members and preparing for retirement.
Jeff Dill holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Argosy University (IL), a Licensed Professional Counselor, and a retired Captain at Palatine Rural Fire Protection District in Inverness, Illinois.
Breakout Session Speakers:
Don Belau, Ph.D.
Dr. Belau is the Director of Master of Arts in Counseling Program at Doane College after serving 32 years as the Director of Treatment at the Nebraska Health and Human Services’ Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center in Geneva and resides on a number of national and state mental health boards and committees, including serving as co-chair of the Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition, co-chair of the Nebraska Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS), Clinical Director of the Lincoln-Lancaster County LOSS team, and Clinical Director and board member of the American Association of Suicidology.
Franklin Cook, MA, CPC,
Franklin Cook is owner of Unified Community Solutions in Boston, Mass. He is an experienced peer support specialist and trainer and has worked in addiction recovery for more than 30 years and suicide grief support for more than 15 years. He began his career in suicide prevention as a volunteer in 1999. He is a trainer with AFSP’s Facilitating Suicide Bereavement Support Groups workshop and a member of the Survivor and Prevention Divisions of the American Association of Suicidology (and was named AAS Survivor of the Year in 2013). Franklin is also a member of the Consumer Survivor Subcommittee of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Co-leader of the Survivors of Suicide Loss Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and a member of the Board of Directors of Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors. He is a project manager of a statewide men’s suicide prevention project — MassMen.org — funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (and featuring “Man Therapy”)
Franklin is also a owner of Personal Grief Coaching, a one-on-one telephone support service for people grieving a traumatic death, and also a owner of After a Suicide, the premiere online clearinghouse for resources for the suicide bereaved and those who care for them
Franklin is a survivor of his father’s suicide in 1978.
Sandra McNally, MA, LISAC
Sandra McNally is a Master-level counselor and Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor in the State of Arizona. She has worked in a variety of inpatient, outpatient, and school settings as a counselor and administrator for over 27 years. In addition, she has been an adjunct faculty instructor for Rio Salado College for over 22 years, and Grand Canyon University for the past 10 years.
For the past 16 years, Sandra has been employed at EMPACT-Suicide Prevention Center in their Prevention Department. In addition to overseeing the agency’s suicide prevention and postvention programs, she serves on the Board of the Arizona Suicide Prevention Coalition, EMPACT’s Suicide Prevention Task Force, and the Special Interest Group for Postvention for the International Association for Suicide Prevention.
David Miers, PhD, LIPC
Dr. Miers is the Counseling and Program Development Manager for Mental Health Services at Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln, NE and manages the Bryan Counseling Center. He has been with Bryan Medical Center for 20 years. Dr. Miers received his B.S. from Nebraska Wesleyan University, a M.S. from St. Cloud State University, and a PhD from the University of Nebraska. He is the co-chair of the state of Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition and on the leadership group for the Lincoln Suicide Prevention Coalition. He has published research and co-authored a chapter in an International Handbook on Clinical Suicide Research focusing on family survivors of a child suicide. Dr. Miers assisted in the development of the Lincoln Lancaster Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors team in Lincoln, NE and has assisted in the development of other LOSS teams in Nebraska. He has served in the past on several local boards in various capacities
Kim Ruocco, MSW, the Vice President of Suicide Prevention and Postvention for TAPS, is an internationally known subject matter expert who uses her education, personal experience and information gathered from thousands of survivors to help others more fully understand suicide. Over the past decade, Ms. Ruocco has developed a best-practice, comprehensive, peer-based program that offers comfort and care to all those who are grieving the loss of a service member to suicide. In addition to her postvention work, Ms. Ruocco contributes to suicide prevention efforts in military as well as civilian organizations. She holds a B.A. in Human Services and Psychology from the University of Massachusetts and a Masters degree in Clinical Social Work from Boston University. She is the surviving widow of Marine Corps Major John Ruocco, who died by suicide in 2005.
Stephanie Schweitzer Dixon
Stephanie Schweitzer Dixon is the Executive Director of the Front Porch Coalition and manages a LOSS Team that is designed after Dr. Frank Campbell’s Active Postvention Model (APM). She is one of Dr. Campbell’s Sudden and Traumatic LOSS Trainers. She also trains and educates the community on other suicide prevention, intervention, postvention programs, and now newly developed post-intervention programs. She is also a partner trainer with the Rapid City Police Department, the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, and the South Dakota Attorney General’s Law Enforcement Training Academy to deliver Crisis Intervention Training to law enforcement officers and first responders. She is currently developing education and training programs specializing in the field of suicidology, postvention, trauma, and has developed her own CIT (Crisis Intervention Training) for first responders.
Ms. Schweitzer Dixon is a member of the National LOSS Team Conference Committee and a co-presenter and has been a peer-reviewer for abstract submissions and a panel presenter at the AAS (American Association for Suicidology) Conference. She has been selected to a number of South Dakota behavioral health and suicide prevention taskforce committees, including the South Dakota State Strategy for Suicide Prevention Workgroup, the South Dakota State Strategic Plan for Prevention, South Dakota’s Partnership for Success in Reducing Underage Drinking Statewide Advisory Council, and the South Dakota Strategic Prevention Enhancement Consortium.