General Registration: $95
Current UVU Student: FREE
Coming in 2023
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The UVU College of Humanities and Social Sciences, in partnership with its sponsors and supporters, is proud to present the 2021 UVU Conference on Suicide Prevention. This single-day, virtual conference--designed to meet the needs and interests of professionals, service providers, families, community members, and students--will provide information on a wide range of topics dealing with Suicide. This event is scheduled for Friday, April 2, 2021, and will be held 100% online.

We were devastated last year, when, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were forced to cancel that conference. We’re excited to be getting back on track for 2021, and can't wait to get together once again.

  • Virtual Conference
    Enjoy our conferences from the comfort of your own home.

  • Professional CEUs
    Earn up to 15 NASW CEUs for DOPL professional licensure requirements.

  • Exhibitor Fair
    Visit with local Suicide prevention professionals.

  • Session Recordings
    View recordings for ALL available sessions for up to two weeks after the conference date.

  • Student Poster Presentations
    Hear the latest research on Suicide Prevention from Graduate and Under-graduate students from around the state.
Kevin Briggs

Opening Keynote: Kevin Briggs

As an international Crisis Management, Suicide Prevention, and Leadership Skills presenter, Sergeant Kevin Briggs’ story and lived experiences have been featured in numerous publications and media presentations across the world. His first book, Guardian of the Golden Gate: Protecting the Line Between Hope and Despair, was released in July 2015.

Briggs is a retired California Highway Patrol officer who spent many years patrolling the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. While on patrol, he encountered numerous individuals clinging to life by a thread. Through his compassion, he encouraged more than 200 individuals over his career to choose life. These challenging, but rewarding efforts earned him the nickname “Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge.” After a 23-year career with the California Highway Patrol, Briggs retired to dedicate his life to promote mental health awareness across the globe through Pivotal Points, an organization he founded to promote Crisis Management, Suicide Prevention, and Leadership Skills.

Briggs speaks publicly about not having the right kind of professional training to effectively assist persons in crisis when he first began work as a patrol officer. Throughout his career, he reached out to senior officers who had been in the trenches, asking for their guidance. He also sought various professional training avenues (including hostage negotiator training) to continue to improve his skills and abilities. Over time and using all the things he learned, Briggs found a positive way to approach people in crisis, using listening skills to find the “thread” that would encourage individuals to find hope for tomorrow and allow them to make the decision to live for another day.

Today, Briggs is mapping a movement as he speaks publicly about his suicide prevention and crisis encounters with people on the bridge. He shares his “Listening to Understand” skills followed up with key active listening points for anyone to use; his personal triad for healthy living; his RELEASE model to assist anyone in crisis; his crisis plan, and his personal mental health struggles while serving in the Army, as a police officer, as a cancer survivor, as a family member and father, and as a leader and co-worker.

John Draper

Plenary: Carol G. Ruddell, MEd

Appropriate and empathetic response following a suicide death is critical. In fact, it is said that good postvention IS suicide prevention. Postvention refers to activities that help individuals and communities cope with the emotional distress resulting from a suicide, and prevent additional trauma. Postvention is an endeavor that must be embarked upon by everyone, including state and local governments, schools, faith communities, families, friends, and affinity groups. Carol will present the guiding principles of a postvention response, the resources to support community postvention, and how to respond after a suicide death in a way that promotes hope and healing.

Bill Stauffer

Plenary: William Stauffer

William Stauffer is the Executive Director of Pennsylvania Recovery Organization Alliance (PRO-A), the statewide recovery organization of Pennsylvania. In long-term recovery for over 3 decades, Mr. Stauffer has developed and facilitated training as part of the Faces & Voices of Recovery National Training Institute, including training for Virtual Recovery Support Services (VRSS). He is an adjunct professor of Social Work at Misericordia University in Dallas Pennsylvania.

Mr. Stauffer has initiated numerous workforce expansion initiatives and a major focus of his work has been aimed at moving our SUD care system towards a five-year care paradigm to dramatically expand the numbers of Americans in recovery.


Past Conferences




How do I register?


Step 1.

Go to Registration

If you have previously registered for an event, we strongly recommend purchasing tickets with the same email that you used previously.

What is the difference between In-Person and Virtual?


You will be able to attend the Conference In-Person as well as have access to all the sessions in the Conference Portal for 2 weeks after the Conference.


You have access to the Conference Portal to watch the presentations live and for 2 weeks after the Conference.

Step 2.

Choose the option that best describes you

Registration options: UVU student(in-person, virtual),UVU faculty/staff(in-person, virtual), General public(in-person, virtual)

Step 3.

Check Out

How do I log into the Conference Portal?

After ordering tickets at University Tickets you will get a confirmation email to the email you used to pay for their registration ticket.

You should have received a confirmation email when you registered for the UVU Conference on Suicide Prevention on the UVU Tickets page (https// If you did not receive a confirmation email, please let us know right away by contacting us at

It is vital that you remember the email address used to complete your ticket registration and purchase. That email address will be your unique ID for accessing the conference virtual platform.
If you have used the Socio conference portal in the past, we strongly recommend using the same address you used previously. That way, you won’t need to create a new conference user profile.

Quick Guide

  1. Go to Suicide Prevention Conference Portal
  2. Log into the Conference Portal using the same email that you used to register for the conference.
  3. Choose a secure password. Keep it somewhere safe. You will need it to log in again.
  4. Set up your personal profile for the Conference. This will be seen by other participants when you comment on presentations and connect with other attendees. (if you wish to remain anonymous then fill in the profile with generic information)
  5. Accept the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy and Continue
  6. Congratulations, You are now in the Conference Portal!

We recommend bookmarking this page or the Conference Portal so you can login easily again.

If you cannot log in please contact

Video Guide

Extended Guide

Attendees will visit the following website to login to the platform:

Suicide Prevention Conference Portal

Once you click on the link, you will be taken to a page that looks like this:

Socio Conference Portal log in

Here, you will put the email address you used to buy your ticket for the event into the email address field

Do not use any of the other login options

(like Facebook, LinkedIn, Google, or Apple).

After you have filled out the email field with the email you used to register for the event, click Continue



If you put in an email address NOT registered with the event, you will get the following error message:

We manually import Names and Emails every day at noon so please wait 24 hours after you register before trying to log into the Conference Portal.

If you experience issues logging in please contact or for assistance.

Socio Conference Portal log in error

Once you have provided the email address you registered with for the event, you will be taken to a new page that will allow you to put in your profile information for the event:

Socio Conference Portal profile creation

You can put in a fake first name and last name if you want (for anonymity), but it cannot be left blank.

You must also accept the terms and conditions at the bottom.

Profile photos are optional, but if you want to try and network with people at the conference, we recommend putting as much information as possible.

Socio Conference portal platform

Here, you can explore the platform, join the events, see the parking map, etc.

The most important place in the Socio conference app is the “Sessions & Schedule” button. There, you will find all the session information, and the links to join the virtual streams.

Additional Resources: Registration Walkthrough

How to I change my Password?

  1. Go to Suicide Prevention Conference Portal
  2. Log in with the Email you used to register for the conference
  3. Select Forgot your Password
  4. You will receive an email about your password reset request
  5. Follow the instructions in the email
  6. Log in with the new password you created

Extended Guide

Go to Suicide Prevention Conference Portal

Log in with the Email you used to register for the Conference

The Conference Portal Login

Select Forgot your Password

You will receive an email about your password reset request

The Conference Portal password reset link

Follow the instructions in the email
Log in with the new password you created

How do I use the Conference Portal?

We strongly recommend using Chrome to access the Portal.

How do I access the Portal?

How do I view the available sessions?

Inside the conference Portal go to Sessions and Schedule

Once you are logged in go to Sessions & Schedule

Here you will find all of the available sessions

Here you will see all of the available Sessions. On the Left is the Name of the Presentation and the time. On the very right is a . Click the Plus to add it to Your Agenda

Click on the Sessions you want to view more information about.

The overview contains:

  • Date
  • Time
  • Location
  • Session Time

The Description has information about the Presentation as well as a QR code and link to take the survey for CEU credit.

All of the information in the session

How do I create My agenda?

Inside the conference Portal go to Sessions and Schedule

Once you are logged in go to Sessions & Schedule

Here you will find all of the available sessions

Here you will see all of the available Sessions. On the Left is the Name of the Presentation and the time. On the very right is a    . Click the Plus to add it to Your Agenda

Near the top of the page there is a My Agenda. Here you will see the Sessions you have added to your agenda and information about them.

If you click on a Session you can see more information about the session.

Here you will find your sessions

How do I watch the livestream sessions?

  • All of the sessions will be livestreamed.

  • During the time of the Session go to Sessions & Schedule.

  • The Sessions currently being streamed will show up with a livestream badge directly under the title.

  • To view the livestream, click on livestream you want to view, the livestream is viewable in the video above the name of the presentation.

Where is the conference located?

The Holland Auditorium


Parking will be reserved for the Conference, all parking will be pre-paid.

Where do I park?

Lots L6, L8 and visitor parking near the Clarke Building.

See on map

Note: Visitor Parking is free for Conference Attendees.

How do I connect to the WiFi?

  1. Connect to Wolverine-WiFi
  2. Open web browser and to to
  3. You will be redirected to the network login page
  4. Scroll down and click on Business/Conference Account
  5. Username (please use one of the following):

    CHSS Conference 1

    CHSS Conference 2

    CHSS Conference 3

  6. Password (no spaces, case sensitive):


Each Username holds up to 400 total connections. If the first (CHSS Conference 1) is full please connect using the CHSS Conference 2 Username

How do I get my CEU's?

Attendees of the 2022 UVU Conference on Suicide Prevention have the opportunity to earn continuing educational units (CEUs) to be used towards licensure and certifications. To earn CEUs and receive credit for attendance, participants must take the quiz/survey associated with each session. If a participant does not complete the quiz/survey related to the session, they will not receive credit for attendance.

NBCC (National Board for Certified Counselors) Continuing Education points are now available!!

**NOTE: Due to NBCC policies, NBCC points can ONLY BE EARNED on the day of the conference ( 5 Points maximum). No points can be earned for NBCC points past October 7, 2022.

NASW continuing education units can be earned until October 21st at 5pm when the virtual portal closes (only up to 14 units can be awarded for recorded sessions - home study category credits), up to 5 units can be earned for same day attendance - live category credits).

DOPL continuing education credit can be earned (with required end of session quiz/survey only) until October 21, 2022 at 5pm when the conference virtual portal closes. Also accepted are 2 ethics credits (noted in program) and up to 15 suicide prevention credits.

The conference will remain open until October 21st at 5p.m.  Participants who have completed the quiz/survey will receive their earned CEUs via the email address used during registration. Distribution of ALL CEUs will occur within 2 weeks AFTER the conference has closed. (October 21st at 5 p.m.)

CEU certificates will be sent to the email address provided at registration.
(Check spam/ junk mail). If a participant has not received their CEU certificate via email by November 4th , they may contact to verify.

1 hour = 1 CEU

CEU's offered:

  • Category 1: 5 Credits (live/live Streaming)
  • Category 3: 14 Credits (online, recorded) (including 2 ethics credits)

All Sessions are NASW endorsed and count toward the DOPL required suicide prevention credits needed for licensure.


Note: Current UVU students who register for non-fee tickets are not eligible for CEU's.





How do I take the Survey's?

They will be located inside the Conference Portal for every Presentation.

How to I access the Survey's in the Conference Portal?

The session you are currently taking part in

Go to the session you are currently participating in.

There is a Chat on the right side.

Chat box on the right side of the screen
Survey button next to the chat button at the top right of the screen

Next to the Chat button in the top right corner click on Survey.

Proceed to take the survey for all sessions you attend.

When does the conference close?

TBD in 2023

Will there be food available at the conference?

Yes, food options will be provided for those attending live.

Who do I contact for tech support?



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


Accessibility Services

For accessibility information or to request accommodations, please contact the Office of Accessibility Services at: 

To request an ASL Interpreter, please contact Katie Palmer at: 385-208-2677 or

All requests should be made at least 14 days in advance.