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9/12/2019 to 9/13/2019
When: September 12-13, 2019
Where: Saint Kate the Arts Hotel (formerly the Intercontinental)
139 E Kilbourn Av
Milwaukee, Wisconsin  53202
United States
Contact: WPA

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WPA 2019 Fall Conference
SUICIDE: A Population Approach to Prevention
September 12-13, 2019

St. Kate the Arts Hotel, Milwaukee, WI
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Pre-Conference Train-the-Trainer Workshop
Thursday, September 12; 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Typical or Troubled? Engaging the Community in Early Recognition of Mental Health Concerns 

For more than ten years, this program has equipped teachers, coaches and school personnel with the knowledge needed to recognize the warning signs of mental health concerns and what course of action to take in addressing potential issues. Course participants will be certified to bring school-based mental health training into local community schools to train educators and staff how to understand and identify psychiatric problems in adolescent students. The workshop fee of $25 covers training, certification and lunch.  A "workshop only" registration is available for those unable to attend the Fall Conference. Learn more.

THURSDAY, September 12, 2019

6:15-7:15 pm
Conference Attendee Reception & Dinner

7:15-8:30 pm
Mental Health Disparities & Suicide; Rahn Bailey, MD

FRIDAY, September 13, 2019

8:00-9:00 am - Suicide in Wisconsin: Addressing Adolescent and Young Adult Risk Factors; Sara Kohlbeck, MPH
9:00-10:00 am - 
Gun Violence & Suicide; Rahn Bailey, MD
10:00-10:30 am - Break
10:30-11:20 am - How to Talk with Your Patients about Guns and Gun Safety; Gene Yang, MD
11:20 am-12:20 pm - Readin', Ritin' & Reduction of Risk: The Art of High Acuity Documentation; Tony Thrasher, DO
12:20-1:20 pm - Lunch & Networking
1:20-2:30 pm - Panel Debate: Pros & Cons of The Zero Suicide Initiative; John Schneider, MD; Justin Schoen, MD; Steven Garlow, MD; Claudia Reardon, MD (Moderator: Katrina Hickle-Koclanes, MD)
2:30-3:00 pm - Networking Break 
3:00-3:40 pm - Screening of "Hoan Alone: Personal Stories from the Bridge"; Aaron Johnson, Producer/Director; Tony Thrasher, DO
3:40-4:45 pm - Policy Impact and Suicide Prevention; Rep. Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan) and Rep. Steve Doyle (D-Onalaska). Moderator: Kimberly Kane

4:45-5:30 pm - Closing Reception


CME ACCREDITATION This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and Wisconsin Psychiatric Association (WPA). The APA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The American Psychiatric Association designates this live activity “WPA Fall Conference, Suicide: A Population Approach to Prevention” for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Psychiatric Association designates this live activity “Typical or Troubled? Instructor Certification Training” for a maximum of 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Online registration to sponsor/exhibit this conference is now open. Register here.  

Reserve your overnight accommodations before August 20, 2019 to receive the WPA group rate of $164. Please call the hotel directly at 414-488-0540 and request the WI Psychiatric Association room block. Or, book online through the hotel's custom weblink to reserve your room.