Of Virginia Sponsors June 12-13 Conference On Suicide And Related
Issues On University Campuses
June 9, 2003 --
The University of Virginia will sponsor a conference
on “Suicide, Violence, and Disruptive Behavior on University
Campuses” June 12 – 13 in U.Va.’s Newcomb Hall.
Nearly 300 clinicians and student affairs professionals from colleges
and universities in the United States and Canada have registered
for the sold-out conference.
conference will focus on clinical, administrative and legal issues
surrounding what many studies show is an increasing trend toward
suicide and violent or disruptive behavior among college students
nationwide. According to the National Mental Health Association,
the suicide rate for young people between 15 and 24 has nearly tripled
since 1960. Among college-age individuals, suicide is the second
leading cause of death after accidents.
this disturbing trend and the potential impact on colleges and universities
led to our desire to host the conference,” said Penny Rue,
dean of students at U.Va. and co-leader of the conference with Russ
Federman, director of Counseling and Psychological Services for
bringing together professionals who work in student affairs, student
health and college counseling centers, we expect to share perspectives
on the issues and review emerging best practices that can lead to
strategies for managing the challenges of student suicide and of
disruptive and violent behavior stemming from such mental illnesses
as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder,” said Rue.
an opening overview of the problem by Federman and Rue, David Rudd
of the department of psychology and neuroscience at Baylor University
will speak in a general session on “Suicidal Students.”
The president-elect of the American Association of Suicidology,
Rudd has authored several books, including “Treating Suicidal
Behavior” (2001, Guilford) and “Suicide Science: Expanding
the Boundaries” (2001, Kluwer Academic Publishers).
Other featured speakers presenting general sessions include: Eric
Harris, risk management consultant to the American Psychological
Association Insurance Trust, legal counsel to the Massachusetts
Psychological Association and a faculty member at the Massachusetts
School of Professional Psychology; Janet Warren, professor of clinical
psychiatric medicine and associate director of the Institute of
Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy at U.Va.; and Gary Pavela, director
of judicial programs and student ethical development at the University
of Maryland, and editor of the journal Synthesis: Law and Policy
in Higher Education.
directions to Newcomb Hall and further conference information, including
a conference schedule and speaker biographies, visit the Web site
Violence, and Disruptive Behavior on University Campuses
June 12-13, 2003
are welcome to attend any of the general sessions listed below.
To secure a press pass, contact Virginia E. Carter at (434) 924-1036
or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
9-9:15 a.m. Conference opening and welcome from Patricia Lampkin,
vice president for student affairs, University of Virginia
9:15-10:15 a.m. “Overview of the Problem,” Russ Federman
and Penny Rue, University of Virginia
10:30 a.m.-noon “Suicidal Students – Risk Assessment
and Clinical Management within University Counseling Centers,”
David Rudd, Baylor University
8:15 p.m. (approximate) “Effective Strategies of Risk Management,”
Eric Harris, APA Insurance Trust. Note: Harris’ talk will
follow dinner at approximately 8:15 p.m. Seating is limited.
9-10:15 a.m. “Assessment and Prediction of Potential Student
Violence,” Janet Warren, University of Virginia
10:30 a.m.-noon “Administrative Management of Disruptive Student
Behavior,” Gary Pavela, University of Maryland
Virginia E. Carter, (434) 924-1036