October 29, 2021
9am - 4pm
General Registration: $65
Current UVU Student: FREE

The UVU College of Humanities and Social Sciences, UVU Crisis Services, Student Affairs, and the UVU Veteran’s Center are pleased to present the 2021 UVU Conference on Suicide Prevention. This single-day 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 and suicide prevention. This event is scheduled for Friday, October 29, 2021. 

For the first time ever, participants may choose to attend the UVU Conference on Suicide Prevention either in-person or online.

  • Hybrid Conference
    Enjoy your conference in-person or from your home or office.

  • Professional CEUs
    Earn multiple NASW CEUs for DOPL professional licensure requirements.

  • Exhibitor Fair
    Visit with local mental health and suicide prevention service providers.

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

  • Student Poster Presentations
    Hear the latest suicide prevention research from UVU's MSW, MFT, and CMHC students.
Anne Moss Rogers photo
Kathie Supiano
John (Jack) Jordan

Keynote: Anne Moss Rogers

Anne Moss Rogers is an emotionally naked® speaker, TEDx storyteller, certified suicide prevention trainer, NAMI Virginia board member, and the award-winning author of Diary of a Broken Mind. After her 20-year-old son, Charles died by suicide on June 5, 2015, Anne Moss chronicled her family’s tragedy in a newspaper article that went viral. Her blog, Emotionally Naked, has reached millions.

She has been featured in the New York Times and was the first suicide loss survivor ever invited to speak to at the National Institute of Mental Health. Her second book, Emotionally Naked: A Teacher’s Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk, through Jossey-Bass, a Wiley Publishing brand, will be published in August 2021. A UNC-Chapel Hill alumnus, Anne Moss currently lives in Richmond, VA with her husband. Her surviving son, Richard, is a screenwriter and filmmaker in LA.

Plenary: Kathie Supiano

Kathie Supiano, Ph.D., LCSW, F-GSA, FT, APHSW-C is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing, and the director of Caring Connections:  A Hope and Comfort in Grief Program at the University of Utah College of Nursing.  She teaches Interdisciplinary Approaches to Palliative Care for graduate students in Pharmacy, Social Work and Nursing, and Geriatric Care Management.  Dr. Supiano’s research is in clinical interventions in complicated grief, prevention of adverse grief outcomes, suicide survivorship, overdose grief, and prison hospice. She has been a practicing clinical social worker and psychotherapist for over 35 years.  Her clinical practice has included the care of older adults with depression and multiple chronic health concerns,  end-of-life care, and bereavement care. Dr. Supiano is a Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America, and a  Fellow of Thanatology. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network, the Board of Directors of Advanced Palliative Hospice Social Worker Certification Board, and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care. She received her Ph.D. in Social Work at the University of Utah as a John A. Hartford Foundation Doctoral Fellow.

Plenary: John Jordan

John (Jack) Jordan is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, where he has specialized in work with survivors of suicide and other traumatic losses for more than 40 years. Jack is currently semi-retired, but in the past he has maintained a clinical practice as a grief therapist, working primarily with suicide loss survivors. He has also served as the Clinical Consultant for the Grief Support Services of the Samaritans in Boston, Massachusetts, and the Professional Advisor to the Loss and Healing Council of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). He also served as the Co-Chair of the Survivors of Suicide Loss Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. In 2015, this taskforce released postvention guidelines for the United States, titled Responding to Grief, Trauma, and Distress After Suicide: U.S. National Guidelines.

PLENARY: Kathie Supiano

Kathie Supiano

PLENARY: John Jordan

John (Jack) Jordan



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


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