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In response to growing concerns about mental health and suicide, the Iowa Department of Public Health and Your Life Iowa are offering four free webinars focused on suicide prevention education.


Increase understanding and knowledge of suicide in Iowa.

Increase knowledge of effective skills to provide suicide safe care for special populations.

Increase awareness of crisis services and resources available in Iowa.


Continuing Education (CEUs) has been applied for with the Iowa Board of Certification. Participants must register for each session and provide their name, and attend an entire session to be eligible.

There is a separate registration link for each session, with detailed session information on the following pages. Upon completing registration for the preferred session(s), registrants will receive a confirmation email.


Session 1: Youth Suicide: Best Practices, 2022

Date/Time: June 30, 2022; 9 am - 12:15 pm

Presented by: Drew Martel, Foundation 2

Click here to register

Session 2: Overview of Iowa's Crisis Service


Date/Time: July 13, 2022; 10 am - 11:30 am

Presented by: Julie Maas and Laura Larkin, Iowa

Dept. of Human Services; Eric Preuss, Iowa

Dept. of Public Health

Click here to register

Session 3: Problem Gambling & Suicide

Date/Time: July 28, 2022; 10 am - 11:30 am

Presented by: Jerry Bauerkemper, Katie Bee

and Keri Neblett, Iowa Dept. of Public Health

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Session 4: How Collaborative Safety Planning

Can Help Save Lives

Date/Time: August 4, 2022; 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Presented by: Richard Strait, Integrated

Treatment for Co-occurring Disorders (ITCD)

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Suicide Prevention Webinar Series

Session #1

Title: Youth Suicide: Best Practices, 2022 Date: June 30, 2022

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM Presenter: Drew Martel

Description: This webinar will describe the scope of problem, discuss theories as to why youth die by suicide and provide standards of care and treatment protocols for working with youth experiencing suicide ideation. Two guest speakers will present their lived experience of losing their child to suicide.


Recognize risk factors specific to youth suicide

Discriminate between evidenced based and best practice interventions for suicide safety

Describe standards of care when working with a youth who expresses suicide ideation and/or behaviors

Presenter Biography

Drew Martel, LISW, CADC, Director of Crisis Services at Foundation 2 Crisis Services in Cedar Rapids oversees the clinical aspects of service delivery, as well as providing external consultation on operationalizing suicide safe practices within organizations. Drew has been involved in an array of suicide prevention initiatives throughout Iowa. In addition to his work at Foundation 2, Drew is a Site Examiner for The American Association on Suicidology, as well as working in private practice, providing therapy at Meadowlark Psychiatric in North Liberty. Drew has presented at a number of statewide and national conferences on the topic of suicide prevention, including multiple presentations at the American Association on Suicide's National Conference.

Registration Link:

CEUs Approved: 3.25 hrs. / Counseling Theories & Techniques or Special Populations (Iowa Board of Certification)


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