Katharine Green

Psychedelic-Assisted EMDR (PsyA-EMDR): An Innovative Approach to Clinical Social Work Practice


“Breaking the Silence: Youth Suicide Prevention through the Zero Suicide Framework in Educational Settings” presentation offers a comprehensive overview for addressing the crisis that is youth suicide within educational settings. Youth suicide is a significant public health concern that requires the prioritization of suicide prevention efforts. The Zero Suicide framework emphasizes a systematic approach, which aims at creating a culture of care where suicide is viewed as preventable and every life is valued. Drawing upon the evidence-based Zero Suicide framework, participants will explore strategies to identify at-risk students, provide effective intervention and support systems, and foster a culture of mental health awareness and resilience within schools. By tailoring this framework to educational settings, educators, counselors, and administrators will be able to identify the unique needs and challenges their schools and students face, understand the critical components of Zero Suicide, and the importance of adaptation in educational settings to implement proactive prevention strategies and create safer, more supportive environments for youth mental health.


Katharine Louise Green is a second-year student at the University of Kentucky’s College of Social Work, where she is a Doctoral Candidate in Social Work with a concentration in Administrative Leadership. Katharine received her bachelor’s degree in human development and Family Studies from the University of Alabama in May 2017 and her master’s degree in social work from the University of Kentucky in December 2022. In her studies, Katharine is focusing her Capstone Project on the rise of suicide among children and adolescents. Katharine’s academic interest in youth suicidality stems from her professional work as a Social Service Specialist with Kentucky’s Department for Public Health. Katharine utilizes her education and experience as she serves on the Child Fatality Review Team with her specific focus on macro and mezzo-level social work by heading prevention efforts for suicide among Kentucky’s child and adolescent population. Before serving on Kentucky’s Child Fatality Review team with the Department for Public Health, Katharine spent six years as a Social Service Worker and Social Service Clinician with Child Protective Services in Louisville, KY. While with Child Protective Services, Katharine specialized in working with adolescents who had faced abuse, neglect, or those considered to be dependent. Katharine is passionate about serving others, protecting youth from abuse and neglect, and bettering the community around her. Upon completion of her Doctoral studies, Katharine intends to continue to work with the Child Fatality Review team to apply the knowledge she obtained, as well as continue to advance suicide prevention efforts for Kentucky’s child and adolescent population.