Friday, March 1, 2019

Coping with the Dark Night of Patient Suicide: Perspectives from the Field

Anthony Pantaleno, Ph.D. - Kristin Bruning, M.D. - Kristin Karch, MS. Ed - Dina Vivian, Ph.D.

Presentation followed by Question & Answer Period as Time Allows

Sign in will begin at 6:30 PM - Workshop - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

The target audience for this presentation is mental health professionals who are in clinical practice. The workshop will be given on an intermediate level.

Handouts and seating can be guaranteed only for those who pre-register and pay by 2/25/19.

Location: Adelphi University's Hauppauge Education and Conference Center
55 Kennedy Drive, Hauppauge (Facilities are handicapped accessible)


SCPA Members: No Fee - 2 CE credits are available for a $20.00 fee
$10.00 fee until 2/25/19, $15.00 fee from 2/26/19* on

2 CE credits are available for a $20.00 additional fee

Social Workers ~ $30.00 fee (includes 2 CE credits) until 2/25/19 - $35.00 fee from 2/26/19 on*

Certificate of Attendance available for $5.00 additional

*strictly subject to seating availability.

There is no known conflict of interest involved in this program nor commercial support provided for its presentation.

This workshop will present the personal experiences of four mental health professionals following the death of an active patient/student. The emotional, psychological, physical, and other challenges of this life event will be presented in the first person, along with a review of the literature to assist others in preparing for the day none of us hopes to experience. It is the hope of the presenters to build a sense of preparedness and readiness in all participants.

By the conclusion of the presentation, attendees will be able to:

  1. Describe four common caregiver responses to patient suicide.
  2. Establish a support system in the event of a patient/student suicide.
  3. Acquire an understanding of accessible professional resources following a student/patient suicide.
  4. Articulate their professional responsibilities in the event of a patient/student suicide.

Dr. Anthony Pantaleno is a former School Psychologist of 38 years from the Elwood School District in East Northport, Long Island. His professional interests include integrative models of outpatient psychotherapy, the assessment and treatment of personality disorders, and school crisis preparedness and intervention. Dr. Pantaleno was the NASP 2013 School Practitioner of the Year, the 2008 NYASP Practitioner of the Year and the 2008 and 2016 Suffolk County Psychological Association Psychologist of the Year. He has co-authored a chapter on mindfulness in the Guide to Cognitive Behavior Therapies: A Guide for Practitioners (2018), and a chapter in the book Perspectives on School Crisis: Reflections From the Field (2018). Dr. Pantaleno is coordinator of the Long Island School Practitioner Action Network (LISPAN). Dr. Pantaleno maintains a private practice in Commack, Long Island, and may be visited on the web at

Dr. Kristin Bruning is a child and adolescent psychiatrist with a private practice in Huntington NY since 2007. She has special interest in treating pediatric Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and other anxiety disorders and increasing awareness and support for siblings of children with disabilities. Over the past several years, Dr. Bruning has completed trainings in mindfulness and meditation geared for youth and young adults and is excited to begin teaching these skills to young people in our region. Prior to returning to her home state of NY to begin private practice, Dr. Bruning was an associate professor at Harvard University’s Cambridge Hospital working in their outpatient clinic and supervising trainees. She then went on to work as faculty at Brown University/Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island where she continued to supervise and train child psychiatrists and psychologists. She directed the Consultation-Liaison Service at Hasbro Children’s Hospital- providing psychiatric care to hospitalized children. She then worked at the Hasbro Partial Hospitalization Program - an innovative intensive day treatment program for children and teens with combined medical/psychological disorders such as diabetes, eating disorders, psychosomatic disorders. She also ran a support group for teenagers who are siblings of children with disabilities. While at Brown, Dr. Bruning worked on several clinical research trials for children with OCD, bipolar disorder and depression. In 2015, Dr. Bruning completed the NYS Partners in Policymaking Course- a partnership with Cornell University - to train people to become advocates for people with disabilities. In 2017, Dr. Bruning became certified in “.b” a mindfulness course for youth through the UK-based Mindfulness in Schools Program (MiSP) and most recently in 2018 she became certified in KORU mindfulness program for young adults.

Kristin Karch is a School Psychologist in a Long Island high school. She regularly counsels a wide variety of adolescents on a number of crisis issues, including emotional self-regulation, behavior, sexuality, depression and suicide as well as others. Her professional interests include school crisis preparedness and intervention.

Dr. Dina Vivian is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Director of the L. Krasner Psychological Center (KPC) at Stony Brook University (SBU). The KPC is an outpatient mental health facility affiliated with the doctoral program in clinical psychology at SBU, and offers a wide range of psychological services to clients of all ages from the campus and outside communities. Dr. Vivian's current primary professional responsibilities at SBU include providing training and advanced clinical supervision to pre-doctoral and post-doctoral trainees. As such, she is also the Training Director of the SBU-Consortium Training programs (Externship, Doctoral Internship, and Postdoctoral Fellowship programs). Dr. Vivian's main areas of clinical research include Intimate Partner Violence and the treatment of chronic depression with integrated models, such as the Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP). Her publications include over 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals and several book chapters. In addition to her academic and clinical training responsibilities, Dr. Vivian has maintained a part-time private practice during the past 30 years. A common thread across all her professional endeavors is her interest in integrating science and practice in research, clinical work, and training; she is particularly interested in the dissemination of evidence-based CBT models, as well as to train the future generation of clinicians to provide competently and effectively evidence-based treatments. Lastly, to bridge the gap between science and practice, and because she values the essential role of clinicians in the community, Dr. Vivian has maintained a close connection with her colleagues of the Suffolk County Psychological Association.

If you have any questions (including information about our cancellation policy), please email or call 631-423-2409 and be sure to leave a contact telephone number in your email or message. You may register and pay for this and all of our other workshops via our website using the form within this listing or by mailing in your payment by 02/25/19 (payable to SCPA) with your name and contact information to:

Suffolk County Psychological Association
P.O. Box 397
Commack, NY 11725

If you prepay and need to cancel, please do so via email to: or by leaving a message at 631-423-2409 up until 48 hours prior to the workshop and a credit will be issued towards a future SCPA workshop.

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