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SPAN Idaho's 12th Annual Suicide Prevention Conference
Idaho Suicide Prevention: Called To Action

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Continuing Education Units
CMEs will be offered for Physicians. CEUs will be offered for Counselors, Social Workers and others needing certificates of attendance. POST credits will be offered for law enforcement. 1 BSU Credit Hour available for those attending the full conference (Thur. & Fri.).

Conference Location Information
The conference will be held at the Boise First Community Center, 3852 N. Eagle Road, Boise, Idaho. BFCC is located on Eagle Road between Ustick and McMillan Roads. Registration will be at the doors of the main auditorium. Ample parking is available on site.

Lodging Information
A special, all-inclusive, conference room rate of $81.36 has been arranged at the Country Suites, 3355 East Pine in Meridian. Country Suites is located on the southeast corner of Pine Street and Eagle Road approximately 2 miles from the conference. Room rate includes taxes and fees, breakfast and newspaper. Please call 208-639-3300 (local) or 800-456-4000 to make reservations. Reference the SPAN Idaho Conference to receive the special room rate. If you have questions, please contact SPAN Idaho at 208-860-1703 or


Dr. Mike Myers is the Vice-Chair of Education, Director of Training and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at SUNY-Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. He graduated in medicine from the University of Western Ontario in 1966 and did residencies at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, Wayne State University (Detroit General Hospital), and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

Dr. Myers is the author of seven books and over 150 articles, book chapters, letters, book reviews and 8 videotapes covering a range of topics in psychiatry. His two most recent books are “Touched By Suicide: Hope and Healing After Loss” co-authored with Carla Fine and “The Physician As Patient: A Clinical Handbook for Mental Health Professionals” co-authored with Dr Glen Gabbard. His videotape “When Physicians Die by Suicide: Reflections of Those They Leave Behind” won the 1999 American Psychiatric Association Psychiatric Services Award.  He is the current president of the New York City Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the founder of the International Task Force on Physician Suicide.  Dr. Myers serves on the Clinician Survivor Task Force of the American Association of Suicidology and the Advisory Board to the Committee for Physician Health of the Medical Society of the State of New York.


M. David Rudd is Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Utah and scientific director for the National Center for Veterans Studies at the U. His undergraduate degree is from Princeton University. He completed his doctoral training at the University of Texas-Austin and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in cognitive therapy at the Beck Institute in Philadelphia under the direction of Aaron T. Beck. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Professional Psychology and a Fellow of three professional societies, including the American Psychological Association (Division 12 and Division 29), the International Association of Suicide Research, and the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (a founding fellow).

Dr. Rudd was recently elected a Distinguished Practitioner and Scholar of the National Academies of Practice in Psychology. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Rudd is an active researcher with over 190 publications. He is currently conducting a $1.97 million clinical trial for suicidal soldiers at Fort Carson, Colorado. He has authored several books, including Treating Suicidal Behavior (2001, Guilford, 2nd printing in 2004) and Suicide Science: Expanding the Boundaries (2001, Kluwer Academic Publishers), The Assessment and Management of Suicidality: A Pocket Guide (Professional Resource Press, 2006, The Interpersonal Theory of Suicide (with Joiner, VanOrden, & Witte) from the American Psychological Association Press, and the recently published Managing Suicide Risk in Primary Care (with Craig Bryan).

His research has been recognized with awards both national and international. He has served as a consultant to many organizations nationally and internationally, including the United States Air Force, the U.S. Army, the Department of Defense and the Beijing Suicide Prevention and Research Center. Dr. Rudd serves on a number of editorial boards, is past Chair of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, past President of the Texas Psychological Association, past President of Division 12 Section VII of the American Psychological Association, past Past-President of the American Association of Suicidology, a previous members of the APA Council of Representatives, and currently serves on the board of the PDV Foundation. Dr. Rudd has testified six times before the U.S. Congress, both House and Senate, on issues related to veterans and suicide.

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