Recognizing and Responding to Suicide Risk: Essential Skills for Clinicians
Adrienne M. Barna, PhD, ABPP is a licensed clinical psychologist in Virginia and is Board Certified in Counseling Psychology. For over thirty years she has provided clinical services in university counseling centers including the University of Maryland at College Park, University of Texas at Austin, Emory University and George Mason University. Since 1992, she has served in administrative roles, providing consultation, crisis intervention, supervision and clinical services. As Director of Psychological Services and Executive Director at George Mason University, she facilitated the development of extensive suicide prevention programs and emergency responses on individual and community levels. Dr. Barna has also maintained a private practice and has worked as a psychologist for three Semester at Sea voyages. She has provided many RRSR trainings over the past eight years to both general mental health clinician audiences and university mental health staff.
Robert D. Canning, PhD is a Senior Psychologist with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. For the last ten years he was responsible for the development and implementation of suicide prevention training programs statewide. Prior to his current position Dr. Canning was a staff psychologist with the Department, and worked in a prison medical facility providing mental health treatment to inmates diagnosed with HIV. Dr. Canning earned his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology in Palo Alto, CA in 1993. He has published a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals.
Chaim Nissel, PsyD
the Dean of Students at Yeshiva University in New York City and was previously
director of the university’s counseling center. He also serves as an
Associate Professor at Wurzweiler School of Social Work and maintains a private
practice in New City, New York. Dr. Nissel has worked in schools, clinics
and hospitals and has experience with individuals of all ages. Dr. Nissel
earned his doctorate in School-Clinical Child Psychology from Pace University.
His doctoral dissertation investigated suicidal ideation in an adolescent
inpatient population and throughout his career, he has always been interested
in and involved with the assessment and treatment of suicide risk. He is a
licensed psychologist and a certified school psychologist. Dr.
Nissel has given countless workshops, in the U.S. and Canada, on
topics including suicidality, behavior management with children and
adolescents, bullying and college mental health.
Toni Paul, MEd, RNC
is a Licensed Registered Nurse, with a Master degree in Psychology
and is Certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a
Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse. She has 40 years of experience in
the field and is currently based in southern New Hampshire. Toni
specialized in emergency service, crisis intervention, acute psychiatric
inpatient care and mobile crisis team, and the former Director of
Emergency Service for NH's largest mental health center. During the time
with Community Mental Health she also worked with substance abuse
clients following the Stages of Change model. At present Toni is the
Co-director of Accreditation, Consultant, and Master trainer for the
American Association of Suicidology offering program evaluation and
professional trainings. Toni is a former contract nurse for NH Dept. of
Health and Human Services, and active member of the Youth Suicide
Prevention Assembly. Other professional affiliations: National Alliance
on Mental Illness, Suicide Prevention Resource Center, State of New
Hampshire Suicide Prevention Council.
is Director of the
Center for Counseling and Psychological Health, and a core member of the
Student Affairs and Campus Life Leadership team at the University of
Massachusetts Amherst. For over 20 years he has led a multidisciplinary university
clinic providing short-term psychotherapies, psychopharmacological services,
community consultation, training and 24-hour crisis services. Rockland-Miller
is a national trainer, presenter and consultant in areas including college
mental health, clinical triage, suicide prevention and mental health care
delivery. Other clinical interests include crisis intervention,
brief therapy and hospital-based treatment. He was a two time recipient and
Principal Investigator for a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administrator grant providing suicide prevention training on the UMass Amherst
campus. Prior to joining the university, he worked in mobile and hospital
crisis intervention and inpatient psychiatry settings.