A Conversation about Autism and Suicide

The Impact of Mental Health Issues in Schools
Hosted by and held at Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA

This event is designed to provide feedback and ideas that will help everyone involved with schools and students be more successful at addressing these issues.


For the topic Autism, participants will know but not be limited to:

  • What support students should have so they can be kept in the most LRE in their school?
  • What teacher and parent resources are available?
  • What are the side effects of some of the psychotropic medications given to children?
  • How can schools best communicate with mental health providers?
  • What are the most effective ways of engaging students with Autism?

For the topic of Suicide participants will know but not be limited to:

  • What schools should or should not do after a suicide?
  • What are the most reliable ways of determining if a child is in a suicidal state?
  • How to distinguish between true suicidal and non-suicidal behavior?
  • What are the most effective treatments for suicidal adolescents?
  • What are the causes of the increase in the number of teen suicides?

All participants will be a part of one of two groups:

The Superstar Panel
Dr. Gary Swanson, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Allegheny General Hospital

Dr. Mark Matta, Board Certified Psychiatrist, President of Psych—Med Associates

Marcy Pearsall, PhD, Owner, Woodside Professional Counseling

Additional Panelist—To Be Announced

School Administrators, Counselors, Psychologists, Special Education Directors, Teachers, College Professors, Board Members, Safety Personnel, Medical Personnel,  Community Leaders

Participants may submit questions. What do you want to hear about? Email questions to hhevents@zoominternet.net.

Thank you for your support
Milton Hershey School—Scott Gregory, GregoryS@mhs-pa.org
Ameriprise Financial—Ed and Michael Krisuk, mailto:mrkrisuk@gmail.com
Dr. Mark Matta, Board Certified Psychiatrist, www.psych-med.com
Geneva College for hosting, Dave Layton, dblayton@geneva.edu

All Participants of the Autism and Suicide event are invited by the Beaver County Counselors to attend an afternoon workshop from 1:00—3:00 PM. If you are staying LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED.

“Chocolate & Poverty”
Workshop Description:

Utilizing poverty statistics and the research of people like Eric Jensen, PhD, Dr. Ruby Payne, Dr. Donna Beagle, and Jonathan Kozol, this workshop addresses the characteristics and traits of students/families in poverty.
Topics include: the “hidden rules” among the classes, the behavior patterns of many in poverty, assessing resources available to families, and how economic realities affect daily living. The workshop will include video clips from the PBS documentary “People Like Us”, group discussion and exercises, and lecture. Participants will receive handouts including the training outline and a listing of recommended resources.

For more information contact Nicole Rodgers at Hopewell School    rodgersn@hopewellarea.org.

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