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Centerstone Research Institute to Present at American Association of Suicidology Annual Conference

Three staff members will deliver presentations on suicide awareness and prevention

Bloomington, Ind. and Nashville, Tenn.—Centerstone Research Institute (CRI), a unique not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving mental healthcare through research and information technology, today announced its staff members will be presenting research at the 44th American Association of Suicidology (AAS) annual conference. The conference, which brings together practitioners, academics and students from around the country to share best practices regarding increasing awareness and prevention of suicide, will be held April 14-16, 2011, at the Downtown Hilton Hotel in Portland, Oregon.

Heather Wilson, MA, Jennifer Lockman, MS, and L. James Schut, PhD, from CRI’s Program Evaluation Division will present results from the Tennessee Lives Count and Tennessee Lives Count-Juvenile Justice Suicide Prevention Programs and discuss innovative strategies relating to suicide awareness and prevention trainings. Lockman also will participate in a panel discussion that will provide an overview of the history, current state, and future needs of suicide prevention in juvenile justice settings.

Research is being presented with key partners from the Centers for Disease Control, Suicide Prevention Resource Center, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee. Additional members of the CRI team who are involved in the presented research include Thomas Doub, PhD, Christina VanRegenmorter, MSSW, and Jason Luellen, PhD.

Sessions in which CRI is participating are as follows:

Thursday, April 14, 2011: 1:30 PM, Session #120, Senate Suite
Actionable Knowledge and Suicide Prevention: Acting on What We Know and Putting It Into Practice

Thursday, April 14, 2011: 3:30 PM, Session #211, Broadway IV
Creating a Tailored Gatekeeper Training Program for Staff in Juvenile Justice Correctional Systems: Using Evaluation Data for Program Development and Improvement

Thursday, April 14, 2011: 3:30 PM, Session #211, Broadway IV
Summative Evaluation of a Statewide Suicide Prevention Initiative: Results and Implications for the Next Generation of Gatekeeper Training

Friday, April 15, 2011: 1:30 PM, Session #802, Grand Ballroom II
Actionable Knowledge for Gatekeeper Training: An Innovative Strategy to Transform Research and Practice

Friday, April 15, 2011: 5:15 PM, Poster #635, Pavilion Ballroom
Translating Gatekeeper Training Knowledge and Skills to Real-World Organizational Contexts: Preliminary Results from the Tennessee Lives Count Juvenile Justice Suicide Prevention Program

Friday, April 15, 2011: 5:15 PM. Poster #641, Pavilion Ballroom
Preliminary Results of a Suicide Awareness Training Provided to Youth At Risk for Juvenile Confinement: Exploring Connectedness as an Integral Factor for Peer Referrals to Adult Caregivers

Saturday, April 16, 2011: 1:30 PM, Session # 817, Pavilion Ballroom East
Advancing Suicide Prevention in Juvenile Correctional Settings

AAS is a membership organization for all those involved in suicide prevention and intervention, or touched by suicide. AAS is a leader in the advancement of scientific and programmatic efforts in suicide prevention through research, education and training, the development of standards and resources, and survivor support services.

About Centerstone Research Institute
Centerstone Research Institute (CRI) is a unique not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving mental healthcare through research, information technology and clinical informatics. CRI conducts service and clinical studies and partners with leading research institutions to advance knowledge of mental health and addiction disorders and discover innovative treatments. The organization maintains an Institutional Review Board and manages the Knowledge Network, a technology-based, partner-driven alliance to facilitate the translation of research to practice. CRI also offers Behavioral Pathway Systems, a best practices benchmarking service. CRI is a recipient of the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare’s Innovation Award. For more information about CRI, please visit www.centerstoneresearch.org.