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The Essentials of Suicide Prevention for Faith Leaders


Faith leaders are uniquely positioned to help prevent suicide, but are often reluctant to talk about it, afraid that they may say the wrong thing. That is why Karen Mason is passionate about helping faith leaders learn what to say and how to initiate conversation about suicide. Through this 90-minute webinar, she will address the question of why the church is so vital in suicide prevention and talk about three phases of suicide prevention: prevention, intervention and postvention. (Postvention is what happens after a suicide.) In prevention, she will discuss the importance of life affirming messages woven into the fabric of the faith community and the importance of addressing the stigma of suicide to create an authentic community where suicidal congregants can reach out for help. In intervention she will talk about how to become equipped to help a suicidal congregant who reaches out for help. Finally, in postvention, she will share what loss survivors need from the church and how to prevent copycat suicide. Please join us for this essential talk. 

Date: Wednesday, November 9
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM, Central, Online
Cost: $20

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About the Presenter

Dr. Karen Mason is a Professor of Counseling and Psychology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where she has prepared students to be licensed mental health counselors since 2006. She is a native of Colorado (and loves to ski and hike). She has lived in France, Austria, Haiti, and Pakistan, where she taught Murree Christian School. She completed an MA in Old Testament at Denver Seminary and an MA and PhD in counseling psychology at the University of Denver with a minor in industrial / organizational psychology.
In addition to being a licensed professional counselor and a licensed psychologist, she has managed teams and several high impact projects at the Mental Health Center of Denver. Before moving to Massachusetts, she managed the Office of Suicide Prevention at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. She has worked in the mental health field since 1990 with clients across the age-span and in a variety of settings including Lahey Behavioral Health. She is currently in private practice. 
Her research is focused on the clergy’s and faith community’s role in suicide prevention, and has recently published two books on the topic: Preventing Suicide: A Handbook for Chaplains, Pastors, and Pastoral Counselors and Preaching Hope in Darkness: Help for Pastors in Addressing Suicide from the Pulpit. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and the American Psychological Association.