Professional Development Center

Building Community to Support Students in Distress

Date: March 7, 2014
Times: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Lee Community Hall, Wishcamper Center, USM Portland Campus
Cost: Students - $10.00, Community Members/Faculty/Staff - $25.00
Registration: Pre-registration is required. Please click here to download the registration form (pdf).
Credit: Psychological CEUs will be available. Educational CEUs will be available for a processing fee of $20.00.

Keynote Presentation by: Jane R. Wiggins, Director of the Campus Suicide Prevention Center of Virginia

Informal Lunch Presentation by: Kay Stephens, co-author of the award-winning book Cyberslammed: Understand, Prevent, Combat and Transform the Most Common Cyberbullying Tactics

About the Conference:

The conference will focus on multi-strategic approaches to suicide prevention, as well as on sharing community-building and suicide prevention resources across regional university and college campuses and high schools. Working sessions will focus on both prevention and intervention.  Successful response and community building strategies from experts working at both the national and regional level will be incorporated into the working sessions.

About the Presenters:

Jane R. Wiggins, Ph.D., is the Director for the Campus Suicide Prevention Center of Virginia. Wiggins earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from Syracuse University and has extensive teaching and training experience in campus suicide prevention in educational settings. Wiggins uses a multi-strategic model to promote mental health and effective community resources to respond to crisis situations.

Kay Stephens is the co-author of the award-winning book Cyberslammed: Understand, Prevent, Combat and Transform the Most Common Cyberbullying Tactics. She works with parents, schools and administrators to help them identify specific cyberbullying threats and how to understand, prevent, combat and transform them. She will be leading a lunchtime discussion on how cyberbullying has affected Maine students, how it ties into suicide prevention and practical strategies educators can take back with them to protect their students.


8:00am-8:30am -- Check-In

8:30am-10:00am  --  Keynote Presentation by Jane R. Wiggins, Ph.D.

10:00am-10:15am  --  Morning Break

10:15am-12:00pm  --  Small Group Facilitation Sessions

12:00pm-1:30pm  --  Lunch - Presentation by Kay Stephens

1:30pm-3:00pm  --  Small Group Facilitation Debrief

3:00om-3:15pm  --  Afternoon Break

3:15pm-4:00pm  --  Closing


Brought to you by:

School of Education and Human Development, Professional Development Center, College of Management and Human Service, Libra Foundation, and the University Health and Counseling Services, at the University of Southern Maine and Southern Maine Community College


*Proceeds will be used to support student participation in regional and national conferences on suicide prevention and community building.