St. Louis Slides and Handouts

Dr. Geis’s slides and handouts AA References Missouri Regional Suicide Prevention 12-6-18 BB REVISED FULL SUICIDE ASSESSMENT OCTOBER 2017 CC Module Handout 1 CARDS Brief Assessment and Brief Intervention DD Handout 10 Thought Patterns and Cognitive Challenging EE New Prevention Training Form2– OCTOBER 2018 Geis-STL – ONE HANDOUT MRPC Festus 12-6-18 Geis-STL-TWO HANDOUT MRPC Festus

Shari Scott, MA, LPC

Presentation: Suicide slipped into the top ten as far as causes of death in the United States (according to the CDC). Deaths among school-aged children and teens continue to be on the rise; so much so, that suicide has statistically risen to the second leading cause of death among people aged 10-34. Suicide traumatizes those

Vicky Ward

Presenting in Kansas City Vicky Ward is a MO Advanced Prevention Specialist and serves as Manager of Prevention Services at Tri-County Mental Health Services, Inc. She received her MA in Sociology and has worked in the prevention field for 25 years. Vicky’s prevention efforts have been built around the founding of community prevention organizations, environmental

Sherri Miller

Presenting in Kansas City Sherri Miller is the Youth Prevention Specialist at Tri-County Mental Health Services. She received her Doctorate of Education in Teaching and Leadership from the University of Kansas and served 30 years as a teacher and administrator in the public school systems in Missouri, retiring in 2017. Her passion has always been

Cathy Blanch

Presenting in Kansas City Cathy Blanch is the Youth Behavioral Health Liaison at Tri-County Mental Health Services in the Northland covering the counties of Clay, Platte and Ray.  In her capacity with the SAMHSA grant, Cathy works directly with youth up through the age of 24 who are experiencing suicidal thoughts or who have had a

Steve Arkin

Presenting in Kansas City Steve Arkin is a staff neurologist with Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute, Saint Lukes Hospital System in Kansas City, Missouri and an Associate Professor at the University of Missouri Kansas City. He is the co-founder of SPEAK UP a suicide prevention education and awareness for kids united as partners. Teen Suicide –

Kirsti Millar, MS, PLPC

Presenting in Kansas City Kirsti Millar is the Suicide Prevention Liaison at ReDiscover where she coordinates the Show Me Zero Youth Suicide Grant which serves clients ages 10-24. She has dynamic experience in crisis work and has utilized her creativity in program expansion and client engagement at ReDiscover for three years. She has five years

Margo Leitschuh

Presenting in Kansas City Margo Leitschuh is the Communications Coordinator for Missouri Partners in Prevention. Margo has been with Partners in Prevention for a little over one year and works with statewide programs related to impaired driving, suicide prevention, collegiate recovery programs, and more. Margo can be contacted at or at 573-882-9335. Evidence-Based Strategies

Katie Ellison, MA

Presenting in Kansas City Katie Ellison recently worked as a Student Assistance Coordinator in a school district in rural Northeast Wyoming.  During the last six of her ten years with the district, 15 current and former students died by suicide.  Finding themselves in a center of community wide suicide contagion the school  district and the

Partners in Prevention

Exhibiting in Kansas City Partners in Prevention is Missouri’s higher education substance abuse consortium dedicated to creating healthy and safe college campuses. The coalition is comprised of 21 public and private college and university campuses across the state. Campus judicial officials, law enforcement, and campus prevention professionals are encouraged to take part in both their local

Tri-County Mental Health Services, Inc

Exhibiting in Kansas City Tri-County Mental Health Services began in 1990, to provide safety-net services to Clay, Platte and Ray Counties in Missouri in the areas of mental and behavioral health, and substance use disorders. As the Northland region has grown, so has Tri-County. To serve a diverse clientele in urban, suburban and rural settings,

James M. Smith, MEd, LPC, NCC

Presenting in Columbia James M. Smith, MEd, LPC, NCC currently works at Lincoln University of Missouri in Jefferson City as the director of Student Health and Wellness Services. He began his counseling career working in addictions, and has worked in various addiction and mental health treatment settings for more than 10 years. Jamie (as most

Johnson County Mental Health Center

Exhibiting in Kansas City Johnson County is a local government located in northeast Kansas that was organized on September 7, 1857. We serve a diverse and expanding population through five agencies and 34 county departments. More than 3,800 public servants are dedicated to helping Johnson County remain a safe, vibrant community. Population: Approximately 575,000 residents (the most

Ryan Lindsay, MSW

Presenting in Columbia Ryan Lindsay’s career has focused on training new and experienced providers in various evidence-based treatments, consulting with organizations on how to implement evidence-based programs, and aiding organizations in program development utilizing evidence-based principles. At the Brown School, he chairs teaches and advises students within the Mental Health concentration in the Master of