Suicidal Behavior in Teens: Transforming Pain into Hope
May 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmFree
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
This presentation will address research findings which suggest that suicide attempts are prompted by a sense of hopelessness and the experience of intolerable pain. Strategies for transforming pain into hope will be explored and include the pros and cons of medication, talk therapy, and patient-led groups. Finally, case studies of teens who have a history of an attempted suicide but have since made the decision to live will be examined. We will end with a response to the following question: What are some universal truths that can be gleaned from these stories and passed along to other hurting teens?
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL ATTENDEES PRIOR TO THE EVENT. Check in will begin 15 minutes prior to the program beginning. Due to video filming, late attendees will be asked to view the presentation in the Green Room.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Renata L. Nero, Ph.D.
Renata L. Nero, Ph.D. is the Chair of the Psychology Department and the Director of Graduate Studies in Psychology at Houston Baptist University. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice. An experienced workshop leader, Dr. Nero has presented on issues pertaining to mental health for over 25 years. For the past two years, she has served as a board member for the Ashley Jadine Foundation (AJF). The foundation was named for Ashley Jadine Duncan, a senior at Bellaire High School who committed suicide in January 2012. As an AJF board member, Dr. Nero lectures and helps to organize workshops around suicide awareness and prevention. She is the former president of the Southwest Region Board of Directors for the Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS) and a member of the American Psychological Association and the Texas Psychological Association.
Dr. Nero earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Fisk University and a Master of Arts degree in Afro-American Studies from UCLA. She was awarded Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She completed pre- and postdoctoral internship training in Clinical Psychology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.