Virtual 2020 Fall Conference: Suicide: Culture & Community

Austen Riggs Center

25 Main St
StockbridgeMassachusetts 01262
October 16, 2020 at 6:30 PM to October 17, 2020 at 5:00 PM

The Austen Riggs Center’s Erikson Institute for Education and Research presents its 2020 annual fall conference for clinicians, scholars, and mental health advocates, which will be VIRTUAL this year.  

Conference Directors: Tom Kohut, PhD; Jane G. Tillman, PhD 

Topics to be addressed include: 

  • Suicide and Cultures of Violence 
  • Suicide: Social Isolation and Marginalization  
  • ​Suicide and Adolescent Social Networks 

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James Gilligan, MD, will be the Keynote Speaker at the Austen Riggs Center's Virtual 2020 Fall Conference.   Brenda Butler, MD, will present at that Austen Riggs Center's 2020 Virtual Fall Conference.    Sherry Molock, PhD, will present at the Austen Riggs Center's Virtual 2020 Fall Conference.   Anna Mueller, PhD, will present at the Austen Riggs Center's Virtual 2020 Fall Conference.   Chikako Ozawa-de Silva, PhD, will present at the Austen Riggs Center's Virtual 2020 Fall Conference.

Friday Evening Keynote Speaker: 

  • James Gilligan, MDAdjunct Professor of Law; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, New York University

Saturday Presentations By:

  • Brenda J. Butler, MD, Psychiatrist, Berkshire Health Systems 
  • Sherry Molock, PhD,  Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, George Washington University 
  • Anna Mueller, PhD, Professor, Department of Sociology, Indiana University 
  • Chikako Ozawa-de Silva, PhD, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Emory University
  • ​​​Michael Prezioso, PhD, Commissioner, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Saratoga County 
  • and others

Conference Directors: Tom Kohut, PhD; Jane G. Tillman, PhD


Friday, October 16 

THEME > Suicide: The Individual and Society 

6:30 p.m.  Welcome and Introduction  
                 Conference Directors Tom Kohut, PhD, and Jane G. Tillman, PhD 

6:40 p.m.  Keynote: “Causes and Prevention of Suicide: From the Individual to the Society” 
                 James Gilligan, MD; Discussant: Jeremy Ridenour, PsyD 

7:35 p.m.  Question & Answer 

8:00 p.m.  End of Friday Evening Program  

Saturday, October 17 

MORNING THEME > Suicide: Social Isolation and Marginalization 

10:00 a.m.  Welcome and Introduction  
                   Conference Directors Tom Kohut, PhD, and Jane G. Tillman, PhD 

10:15 a.m.  “Adolescent and Young Adult Suicide in Communities of Color”  
                    Sherry Molock, PhD; Discussant: Katie Lewis, PhD 

11:00 a.m.  “A Report from the Front: Suicide prevention in Rural and Distressed Communities” 
                   Brenda Butler, MD; Michael Prezioso, PhD  

11:30 a.m.  BREAK 

11:45 a.m.  Morning Panel Discussion – Moderated by: Thomas Kohut, PhD 
                   All morning presenters and discussants   

12:10 p.m.  Audience Q & A 

12:30 p.m.  LUNCH BREAK 

AFTERNOON THEME > Suicide, Loneliness, and Adolescent Social Networks 

1:30 p.m.  “Look for the Helpers: The Connection between Loneliness and Suicide among Japanese Youth and Beyond”   
                  Chikako Ozawa-de Silva, PhD; Discussant: David Edwards, PhD  

2:15 p.m.  “Life under Pressure: Examining the Cultural-Structural Roots of Adolescent Suicide Clusters” 
                  Anna Mueller, PhD; Discussant:  Carol Gilligan, PhD 

3:00 p.m.   BREAK 

3:15 p.m.   Afternoon Panel Discussion - Moderated by: Jane G. Tillman, PhD 
                  All afternoon presenters and discussants  

3:40 p.m.   Audience Q & A 

4:00 p.m.   Closing Panel Discussion: What have We Learned and Where do We Go from Here? – Moderated by: Anne Dailey, JD 
                  All conference presenters and discussants  

4:35 p.m.   Conference Ends 



  1. Participants will be able to recognize the sociocultural contributors to suicide.  
  2. Participants will be able to identify specific risk factors for suicide in Black youth  
  3. Participants will be able to discuss how rural communities are impacted by suicide.  
  4. Participants will summarize the role of social networks in adolescent suicide.  
  5. Participants will be able to describe how social isolation contributes to suicide risk.  
  6. Participants will be able to give examples of interventions to decrease suicide risk.  



(Physicians, Psychologists, Social Work, LMHC, Nursing Contact Hours) 

The Austen Riggs Center designates this live interactive webinar for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

The Austen Riggs Center is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The Austen Riggs Center also designates this live interactive webinar for 6.5 continuing education credit(s) (CE) for psychology. 

This live interactive webinar meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing at 244 CMR 5.00 for 6.5 contact hour(s). 

This live interactive webinar meets the requirements of the MaMHCA, authorization # TBD for 6.5 category 1 continuing education credit(s). 

The Austen Riggs Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Austen Riggs Center maintains responsibility for the program and its content. For additional information about this program, please call the Erikson Institute Education Coordinator, at 413.931.5230. 

The Austen Riggs Center, #1344, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Austen Riggs Center maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider Approval Period: 02/02/2020-2/2/2023. Social workers completing this live interactive webinar will receive 6.5 continuing education credit(s).  

For a listing of jurisdictions that accept ACE, please visit www.aswb.org/ace/ace-jurisdiction-map/

The Austen Riggs Center follows all state and federal laws and regulations, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). In accordance with the ADA, the Austen Riggs Center is committed to accessibility. If you need accommodations for your course, please contact info@austenriggs.net

For information about our accreditation, please visit: www.austenriggs.org/accreditation-educational-activities.  

Attendees who wish to receive CE credit should note:  

The Austen Riggs Center utilizes the CME Tracker platform to issue credits. After the conclusion of the event, you will receive an email with a link to complete the evaluation and claim your credits. If you do not already have an account with CME Tracker, you will need to create one.


Conference and continuing education information - Kathleen Young, Erikson Institute Education Coordinator 413.931.5230 / kathleen.young@austenriggs.net  


Please fill out the payment information below. Once your payment has been successfully processed, you will be directed to a page to complete your registration and will then receive a Zoom link for the virtual conference. For any questions, please contact Kathleen Young at 413.931.5230 / kathleen.young@austenriggs.net.  



Event Options

  • $75 with CE/CME credit (Cost: $75)
  • $35 without CE/CME credit (Cost: $35)

Total Cost: $0.00