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(Services for Teens At Risk)

Keynote Addresses from the

2013 STAR Center Conference
Recorded:  May 17, 2013
Course Code: A081

Presenters, Descriptions and Educational Objectives

In Search of a Safer World: How Can We Protect Our Youth from Gun Violence?

David A. Brent, M.D.

Academic Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Director, Services for Teens at Risk (STAR-Center)

UPMC Endowed Chair, Suicide Studies

University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine

In this keynote, Dr. David Brent will review the relationship between gun storage and availability and violent death in young people, including: suicide, homicide, and accidental death. The impact of legislation and firearms counseling on gun mortality and gun storage will also be reviewed. Recommendations for clinical counseling on method restriction and storage, policy, and further research will be advanced.

At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:

1. Describe the relationship between method availability and risk for suicide, homicide and accidental death.

2. Explain the impact of changes in availability on method use and firearms morbidity and mortality.

3. Discuss implications for clinical care.


 “At Least Do No Harm”

School Safety Practices to Avoid

Mary Margaret Kerr, EdD

Professor and Chair

Administrative and Policy Studies

University of PittsburghSchool of Education


In the wake of recent school violence, communities press for tighter security in K-12 schools. As a result, schools may hurriedly adopt practices not only inappropriate but harmful. Using the latest research to date on school safety, this presentation outlines practices to avoid and offers alternatives to improve school safety.


At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:


1. Identify school safety practices that are inappropriate and potentially harmful.

2. Identify more appropriate alternatives to unsafe practices.

3. Locate sources that can offer credible guidance for future school safety planning.

Target Audience:

All clinical and research professionals, students, and trainees, as well as interested family members and consumers

Continuing Education Credits:              

ACT 48 – 2.5

NBCC – 2.5

Psychologist – 2.5

SW – 2.5

CEU – 0.25


We are pleased to offer Act 48, NBCC, Psychologist, Social Work and CEU credits for this webcast.  Please download the test and application form before viewing the webcast:  (Adobe PDF); (MS-Word)

For ACT 48--Please download the packet here.

If you have questions,
please contact Patrick Connell at connellp@upmc.edu



Watch Webcast: 

Click here to watch Dr. Brent's Lecture

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Continuing Education Credit

Each program is offered for the designated number of continuing education credits



Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to offer continuing education credits under Act 48 guidelines. Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic adheres to the Act 48 Continuing Education Guidelines.



Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is recognized by the National Board for Certified Counselors to offer continuing education for National Certified Counselors. Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic adheres to the NBCC Continuing Education Guidelines.



Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.  Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic maintains responsibility for these programs and their contents. These programs are being offered for 2.0 continuing education credits.



The indicated number of credit hours of continuing education is provided through co-sponsorship of the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, a PA-approved provider of social work continuing education. These credit hours satisfy requirements for LCSW renewal. For information of social work continuing education, call (412) 624-3711.



Nurses and other health care professionals are awarded the designated number of Continuing Education Units (CEU). One CEU is equal to 10 contact hours. Nurses: For attendance at this program you will receive a Certificate of Attendance confirming the indicated hours of continuing education. These hours may be considered eligible in completing the 30 hours of continuing education required for bi-annual nursing re-licensure in Pennsylvania. Peer Specialists: This program fulfills requirements for Certified Peer Specialist continuing education.


For Technical Support: email connellp@upmc.edu  or call Patrick Connell at 412-802-6906 

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