Wild Child Conference Schedule

Guest Speaker – Mark Besen, Ph.D.

Mark Besen, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist who has been involved in leadership and program design in large community behavioral health agencies and managed care systems as a clinical director, vice president of operations, and CEO for over 20 years.

He obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Hahnemann University.

Dr. Besen has worked in suicide prevention and intervention with the QPRT Institute since its inception in the early 1990’s. He is a national suicide prevention consultant for the QPRT institute and has worked with communities, hospitals, behavioral health providers, federal and state governments, universities and school districts in building cultures of hope, access to evidence-based treatment and implementation of organizational policies and practices consistent with zero suicide initiatives.

In addition to his work in suicide prevention, he maintains a small private practice in North Carolina providing psychological and neuropsychological testing.


7:30 to 8:30 REGISTRATION
Continental Breakfast

8:30 to 8:45 The Honorable Deborah A. Alspach & Robert D. Fragale, Judges
Welcome & Opening Remarks

8:45 to 10:45 Keynote
Dr. Mark Besen – Understanding Suicide

10:45 to 11:00 BREAK

11:00 to 12:15 Morning Session
Dr. Mark Besen – Risk Identification & Case Example Practice

12:15 to 1:15 LUNCH (on your own)

1:15 to 2:45 Afternoon Session
Dr. Mark Besen – Risk Identification

2:45 to 3:00 BREAK

3:00 to 4:00 Closing Session
Dr. Mark Besen – Implementing Organizational & Community Based Suicide Risk Reduction

4:00 to 4:15 Wrap-up & Evaluations
Certificate Distribution


Understanding Suicide
In his keynote session, Dr. Mark Besen will prepare us for the day by providing an overview of the prevalence and special population-related risk factors, including those associated with psychiatric illness and substance use disorders. He also will address topics pertinent to zero suicide initiatives including identification of risk, risk assessment. and risk reduction.

Morning Session

Risk Identification and Case Example Practice
In this session, Dr. Besen will discuss risk identification and case example practice, giving us details about current and emerging evidence-based practices. He will also help us identify and understand risk factors associated with suicide.

Afternoon Session

Reducing Liability
In this session, Dr. Besen will continue to detail practices in risk identification and will share case examples. He will provide key elements of suicide risk assessment using QPRT, and will discuss implementing organizational and community-based suicide risk reduction policies as well as avoiding malpractice.

Closing Session

Implementing Organizational and Community-based Suicide Risk Reduction Policies
In our closing session, we will examine resources, strategies, and steps to stability. Dr. Besen will identify community-based policies and protocols to support at-risk individuals. He will also show us how to establish a collaborative patient safety plan.