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Suicide Prevention and Crisis Managment on College Campuses

Sponsored by The Center of Excellence for Health & Sports Performance in collaboration with The University of Mississippi Counseling Center and The Mississippi Department of Mental Health


The purpose of this training is to provide participants with knowledge of the characteristics of a person experiencing crisis as well as strategies for deescalation and suicide prevention. This training is relevant to any mental health practitioner working with a college student population as it will present practical application tools for deescalating and planning for crisis situations as well as a bystander intervention program for suicide prevention. The Information about crisis management and planning will be instrumental for professionals who may be faced with clients and students in crisis.


July 24-25, 2014, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.


The University of Mississippi School of Law

Training Objectives

To provide attendees with:

  • characteristics of a crisis and a person in crisis from a situational perspective as well as a neurological perspective
  • response patterns of those in crisis
  • effective intervention strategies for crisis situations
  • multicultural perspectives of crisis intervention
  • hands-on learning about crisis situations and interventions through role-plays

Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR)
To provide attendees with:

  • training on evidence-based crisis-responding techniques with cases of suicidal intentions and/or distressed students presenting in person or over the phone
  • interviewing techniques for evaluating potentially suicidal students to determine immediate risk of a suicide attempt
  • a process for collaborative crisis and safety planning designed to reduce the risk of a suicide attempt
  • a "best practice" methodology used by thousands of mental health professionals to estimate the level of acute suicide risk


Thursday, July 24, 2014
8:30 a.m.– 10:00 a.m. Crisis Overview: characteristics of a crisis, characteristics of a person experiencing crisis (Josie Nicholson & Keenyn Wald)
10:00 a.m.–10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m.–10:45 a.m. Neurological characteristics of a person in crisis; evolution and the brain (Josie Nicholson)
10:45 a.m.–11:45 a.m. Veterans on Campus: PTSD and Crisis (Desmon Mitchell)
11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Lunch (On your own)
1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. Crisis intervention and de-escalation (Josie Nicholson, Keenyn Wald & Desmon Mitchell)
2:30 p.m.–2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Crisis intervention and role plays
Friday, July 25, 2014
8:30 a.m.– 10:00 a.m. QPR (Keenyn Wald)
10:00 a.m.–10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m.–11:45 a.m. QPR (Keenyn Wald)
11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. Crisis responding for campuses – coordinated community response (Keenyn Wald & Josie Nicholson)
2:30 p.m.–2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Break-out discussions by campuses

Registration Information

Registration Fee (after June 12, 2014):
$50 per person for all University of Mississippi-affiliated students, faculty and staff members
$85 per person for all individuals (non-University of Mississippi-affiliated)
$275 group rate *Campus rate is for any campus sending at least five people

Click here to register online.
click here to download printable brochure and registration form

Hotel Accommodations

A block of rooms have been reserved for the "Health and Sports Performance Group" attendees at the Inn at Ole Miss, located on Alumni Drive, Oxford. You will be responsible for making your hotel overnight reservations. To make these reservations, contact the Inn at Ole Miss directly by calling 1.888 4 UM ROOM (1-888-486-7666). Deadline to make housing reservations is June 23, 2014.

A block of rooms have been reserved for the "Suicide Prevention Training" attendees at the Holiday Inn Express, located at 112 Heritage Drive, Oxford. You will be responsible for making your hotel overnight reservations. To make these reservations, contact the Holiday Inn Express directly by calling 662-236-2500. Deadline to make housing reservations is June 30, 2014.

Refund Policy

Cancellations must be received by mail or fax at least one week prior to the date of the conference in order to receive a full refund. No refunds will be given after that date. In the event that the sponsor cancels the conference, a full refund will be given to the paid participants.


WaldKeenyn R. Wald, M.S., LPC
Keenyn R. Wald, a licensed professional counselor in the state of Mississippi, is a nationally certified counselor through the National Board for Certified Counselors, and is in the process of completing requirements to become a certified consultant for the Association for Applied Sports Psychology. Mr. Wald has been practicing as a mental health counselor with Student Counseling Services at Mississippi State University since July of 2012. In addition, Keenyn has developed a relationship with Mississippi State Athletics as a liaison for mental health concerns and mental aspects of athletic performance. Keenyn has created, and continues to manage, the Substance Use Program for alcohol and other drug concerns for student-athletes. He also works closely with coaches, athletic trainers, and athletic administrators for training and programs related to mental health. In direct work with student-athletes, Keenyn has addressed goal setting, motivation, peak performance, concentration, relaxation and imagery, cognitive and affective patterns, substance use, and conducted general team building activities.

NicholsonJosie Nicholson, Ph.D., CC-AASP
Josie Nicholson is a licensed counseling and sport psychologist and a certified consultant through AASP. A native of Oxford, Dr. Nicholson returned to her hometown in 2011 as a senior staff counselor and athletic liaison for the University of Mississippi Counseling Center before joining the Ole Miss Athletics' Health and Sport Performance staff in 2013. She received a B.A. in psychology and visual arts from Loyola University-New Orleans. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi and has worked in a variety of settings including community mental health, substance abuse treatment, and diagnostics and assessment. Dr. Nicholson completed her APA internship at Colorado State University where she specialized in working with athletes through the Sport Performance Program. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Counseling and Wellness Center at the University of Florida with an emphasis in Sport Psychology and working with student-athletes. She is trained in the specialty areas of EMDR, hypnosis, group therapy, and sport performance.

MitchellDesmon C. Mitchell, Ph.D.
Desmon C. Mitchell has been a Licensed Psychologist in Mississippi since 2009. He has been a staff psychologist at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Biloxi, MS, since 2008 and is the lead psychologist in the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic. Dr. Mitchell is also the lead psychologist at the Harrison County Adult Detention Center in Gulfport, MS, where he is responsible for assessing and treating the inmates while they are incarcerated. He received a B.S. in Psychology from Black Hills State University in Spearfish, SD. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The University of Southern Mississippi. He completed his APA internship and postdoctoral residency at the Biloxi VAMC. Dr. Mitchell specializes in risk assessment and is responsible for treating individuals identified as high-risk for suicidal and/or homicidal behavior. Dr. Mitchell works with law enforcement officials and Chairs the Disruptive Behavior Committee and co-Chairs the Workplace Violence Task Force.


Continuing Education: Approved for Psychologists, LPCs, LMFTs, Social Workers, and Athletic Trainers

The University of Mississippi Counseling Center is approved as a provider for continuing education by the Mississippi Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists (#SWB12001 approval period 4/30/14-3/1/16). Social workers will receive 12 General continuing education clock hours for participating in this course.

This program is MBOESWMFT approved for 12 General continuing education hours for MFTs; approval # M14-042.

Athletic trainers: NATABOC approval #P8543 for 12 general hours.

Mississippi Department of Mental Health, Division of Professional Development is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

The Department of Mental Health, Division of Professional Development is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Department of Mental Health, Division of Professional Development maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

The educational portion of this activity is presented by the Mississippi Department of Mental Health, Division of Professional Development. Continuing education is a separate registration which is required at the beginning of the conference.

The University of Mississippi Counseling Center and the Mississippi Department of Mental Health comply with the ADA. This facility is handicapped-accessible. If any conference participant is in need of reasonable accommodation, please contact Dr. Josie Nicholson at 662-915-3784 prior to the event.