Messenger-Inquirer previews our 2013 conference
Posted on: May 14, 2013

Suicide prevention sessions scheduled

Rich Suwanski

Dr. Shawn Shea will speak at the Owensboro Regional Suicide Prevention Coalition’s Ninth Annual ORSPC Community and Professional Conference on Thursday and Friday here. Shea, an author of six books, including the text “The Practical Art of Suicide Assessment,” is the creator of the interviewing strategy for uncovering suicidal intent.

Thursday’s event is free and open to the public at 6:30 p.m. at Brescia University Science Building lecture hall, 629 Frederica St.
Friday’s event is geared to health care professionals. It costs $45 per person and will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Owensboro Christian Church, 2818 New Hartford Road. Pre-registration [was] required.

Shea will discuss his book “Happiness Is” at Thursday’s session. “He feels a real strong aspect of treatment is to help a person develop their own means of coping and dealing with their own problems,” said Mike Flaherty, the coalition’s chairman. “First, you need to define happiness and once you understand what it is, how to pursue it. “He uses some common notions about happiness, like living in the present, attitude and compassion.”

Flaherty said Shea uses historic figures in his talk, such as St. Francis of Assisi and John Merrick, “The Elephant Man.” “This isn’t going to be a therapy session, but rather something that will educate those who have struggled with depression or chronic unhappiness in the past, and how to build resiliency in their own lives.”

On Friday, Shea will present “Unlocking Suicidal Secrets: New Thoughts on Old Problems.” The full-day workshop covers the skills necessary to tackle difficult clinical situations in suicide assessment and prevention, documentation of risk, and treatment planning and building resiliency.

Rich Suwanski, 691-7315, or [email protected]

Owensboro Regional Suicide Prevention Coalition, Inc.
Owensboro, Kentucky

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