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When: 10/22//2018
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: McDonogh School
8600 McDonogh Road
Owings Mills, Maryland  21117
United States

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Event Category: Direct Instruction and Panel

The aftermath of a suicide can leave a community reeling. The goal of this workshop is threefold.

First, we need to be knowledgeable about best suicide prevention efforts focusing on the Adolescent Depression Awareness Program. Second, suicides are going to happen despite those best prevention efforts possible and counselors and schools need to be prepared should it happen in your community. We will introduce a template for crisis response: After A Suicide Toolkit
Third, we hope that attendees will leave this workshop with a crisis team in place connecting schools in close proximity with each other to call upon in times of crisis.

AIMS Members: $30 (through October 8th) or $40 (After October 8th)
NON AIMS Members: $50 (through October 8th) or $60 (After October 8th)

Lunch will be included.
Please note that NO REFUNDS will be issued for cancellations for this class after October 12th. 


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Presenter Info:
Vicki Mermelstein is a licensed clinical professional counselor who has been the Upper School Counselor at the Bryn Mawr School since 1994. Prior to coming to Bryn Mawr, Vicki worked in private practice providing individual and group therapy for adolescents and adults, with a specialization in chemical dependency, family dysfunction, and trauma. Her work at Bryn Mawr involves consulting with faculty advisors and working with students on a variety of issues including grief and loss, relationship issues, eating disorders and intervention with at-risk behaviors. She has assisted in many roles within the Bryn Mawr community over the past 24 years and has gained a wealth of experience working with students, administrators and faculty on dealing with conflict and difficult situations.

Marie Allee, Ph.D., is the Director of Counseliing and Support Services at McDonogh School. Marie began at McDonogh School in 2000 coming from the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Health System where she was Clinical Coordinator for the Children’s Respite Unit and Day Hospital. Before that Marie worked in the Forbush School at Sheppard Pratt, and with the Sheppard Pratt Eating Disorder Unit. Marie also worked at the Yale University Department of Mental Hygiene (Counseling Center!) for two years as a postdoctoral fellow and completed her internship at Yale University School of Medicine. Marie’s role at McDonogh includes working one on one counseling and support for students about a variety of issues, being a part of the administrative team, as well as teaching and directing the Wellness Program, and working with the learning specialists. 

Karen L. Swartz, M.D., is founder and director of the Adolescent Depression Awareness Program (ADAP), a school-based program designed to educate high school students, faculty, and parents about adolescent depression. Now in its eighteenth year, the ADAP curriculum has been taught to over 66,000 high school students. Dr. Swartz and the ADAP team have also developed a comprehensive training program that prepares high school counselors and teachers as ADAP instructors, which facilitates the dissemination of the program. In addition to the Baltimore-Washington area, the program has been taught in multiple states including Oklahoma, Illinois, Indiana, Delaware, Ohio, Florida, Texas and Minnesota.


She is the Director of Clinical and Educational Programs at the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center. Dr. Swartz is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Her clinical expertise is in the diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders.   Dr. Swartz received the national 2007 Welcome Back Award, which honors one psychiatrist annually, in recognition of her leadership in destigmatizing depression through community education. In 2008 she was selected as the one psychiatrist in Maryland honored with the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill’s “Heroes in the Fight Award” for both efforts to destigmatize mental illness and clinical excellence. In 2009 Dr. Swartz was inducted as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

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