OCTOBER 6, 2017

UVU Conference on Suicide Prevention

The UVU Conference on Suicide Prevention is a single-day event that will provide information on a wide range of issues dealing with the topic of suicide. It is designed to meet the needs and interests of students, professionals, families, service providers, and community members. This year we're pleased to welcome international speaker, author, and leading authority in suicidology, Sally Spencer-Thomas, Ph.D. as our keynote presenter; J.C. Graham, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., and Director of Crisis Services at Utah Valley University, will join us as our plenary speaker. The program will also include several concurrent sessions intended to help participants find hope, healing, and explore the complex aspects of suicide and prevention. The conference will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, October 6, 2017. Tickets are $55 for early bird registration, or $65 after September 1 and include lunch, parking, and all conference materials. *CEUs will be available at the conference free of charge for those interested.

Third Region (Section 3)


KEYNOTE: Sally Spencer-Thomas

David mee

Sally Spencer-Thomas is a clinical psychologist, inspirational international speaker and an impact entrepreneur. Known nationally and internationally as an innovator in social change, Dr. Spencer-Thomas was a recent invited speaker at the White House. She has also held leadership positions for the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, the International Association for Suicide Prevention, the American Association for Suicidology, and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Dr. Spencer-Thomas was moved to work in suicide prevention after her younger brother died of suicide after a difficult battle with bipolar condition. Her goal is to elevate the conversation and make suicide prevention a health and safety priority in our schools, workplaces and communities. Dr. Spencer-Thomas has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver has written four books on mental health and violence prevention. She lives with her partner and three sons in Conifer, Colorado.

PLENARY: J.C. Graham, M.S.W., L.C.S.W. Director, Crisis Services Utah Valley University

william moyers

J.C. Graham is a licensed clinical social worker and the director of Crisis Services at Utah Valley University. J.C. earned her Master of Social Work degree from George Williams College of Aurora University and her bachelor’s in social work from Utah State University. Having worked as a counselor for the Accessibility Services department at Utah Valley University, she teaches social work courses and loves mentoring future social workers. She has experience running a private therapy practice, MT Nebo Therapy, P.L.L.C., and is a professional member of the National Association of Social Workers and the American Association of Suicidology. She has been appointed as a designated examiner by the State of Utah Department of Human Services Division of Substance Abuse & Mental Health. She lives by the motto “the best revenge is living life well.” J.C. and her spouse live in Spanish Fork, Utah.





Toni Harris
Assistant Dean
College of Humanities & Social Sciences
Utah Valley University


Accessibility Services


For accessibility information or to request accommodations, please contact the Irene Whittier at:

(801) 863-5300 or IWhittier@uvu.edu

Requests should be made at least one week in advance.

Parking Information


Parking is free in the Parking Garage for conference registrants. You can find details on this map.