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**Please note that this workshop is intended for mental health professionals including BCBAs**

The Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) Speaker Series features “A Discussion on Suicide Awareness, Education & Prevention Among Autistic Individuals.” In the three-part series, attendees will hear from prominent speakers specializing in crisis support and suicide prevention for autistic people. We invite community members and encourage behavior therapists, educators, and mental health professionals to attend these free, educational presentations. 

The Safety Planning Intervention Tailored for Autistic Individuals:

This workshop introduces a suicide safety plan specifically tailored for autistic people. Modified from the Stanley-Brown Safety Plan, with input from autistic people with lived experience, their family members, and clinicians, the tailored plan aligns with the way autistic people think and communicate. Each section of the safety plan will be explained with real-life examples. Workshop attendees will learn how to develop a collaborative safety plan with autistic individuals while leveraging the strengths of autistic people.

  • Time: 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (AZ)Lunch and refreshments will be provided
  • Presenters: Lisa Morgan, M.Ed., CAS, and Shari Jager-Hyman, Ph.D.
  • Location: SARRC: 300 18th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85006
  • Audience: Mental health professionals including BCBAs

About the Speakers:

Lisa Morgan: Lisa Morgan is a consultant specializing in crisis support and suicide prevention for autistic people. Lisa is the founder and co-chair of the Autism and Suicide committee at the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) and has developed several autism-specific resources for communicating and supporting autistic people in crisis. A self-advocate with a passion for strengths-based solutions, Lisa has authored several books, articles, and resources all available on her website, She is a community council member of AASET (Autistic Adults and other Stakeholders Engaged Together) a group of autistic adults informing autism research priorities.  Lisa has a master’s degree in the Art of Teaching. She is a certified autism specialist, a peer reviewer of the online journal, Autism in Adulthood, and owner of Lisa Morgan Consulting LLC. She is currently pursuing a Master of Social Work degree.

Shari Jager-Hyman: Dr. Jager-Hyman, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, and a Senior Fellow at the Penn Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. Dr. Jager-Hyman studies the development and implementation of evidence-based practices for suicide prevention, with a particular focus on high-risk groups, including individuals on the autism spectrum. Her research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and private foundations, including the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Dr. Jager-Hyman earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Temple University and her BA from Vassar College. She completed her predoctoral clinical internship at Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a research postdoctoral fellowship at the Penn Center for the Prevention of Suicide.

The 2023 Speaker Series is brought to you by SARRC’s Think Autism® program. Learn more about the Think Autism program at