Internationally Recognized Expert on School Crisis
Dr. Scott Poland is an internationally recognized expert on school crisis, bullying prevention, youth violence, suicide intervention, self-injury, school safety and threat assessment. He is widely considered a pioneer in school suicide prevention, having authored one of the most respected works on the subject in his 1989 book entitled, Suicide Intervention in the Schools. He is also the Past Prevention Division Director for the American Association of Suicidology. Dr. Poland recently co-authored Suicide in Schools (2015), which provides school-based professionals with practical, easy-to-use guidance on developing and implementing effective suicide prevention, assessment, intervention and postvention strategies. Read More >
Strengthening Schools: Preventing Bullying
On School Violence
The incidence of youth suicide requires that schools and communities collaborate and increase suicide prevention efforts and that they be prepared to respond if a suicide occurs in order to reduce suicide contagion. This module will help school and community mental health and administrative personnel increase their understanding of the most common factors in youth suicide. Participants will learn best practice strategies to prevent youth suicide and lessons from the aftermath of numerous suicides.
School personnel and community agencies are increasingly faced with referrals of students who are engaging in self-injury most commonly referred to as NSSI. This presentation will provide practical guidelines about how to detect this behavior and intervene to support these young people and will answer the question of whether students engaging in self injury are suicidal. Read More >
Self-injury by students with cutting being the most common has caught school personnel, parents and community personnel by surprise. Several theories have been identified to explain this behavior with a history of trauma being the common denominator. This module will outline the many factors involved in this complex behavior and provide sample guidelines for school and community strategies to help students reduce their self-injurious behavior.
The incidence of accidental, homicidal and suicidal deaths of students requires that schools and communities be prepared to respond to these tragic events and manage emotionality. Many if not every school has been faced with the death of a student or a staff member. This presentation will help school personnel, and community agencies develop and enhance their ability to respond to critical incidents and provide students and staff with the assistance and support needed. In addition, the complicated issue of memorialization and what is appropriate at school will be outlined. Developmental issues for children and their understanding of death will also be shared. In addition, strategies will be shared to help build student resiliency.
Bullying in schools is an international issue and a number of media reports have attributed youth suicide to be largely the result of being victimized. Many young people get bullied but thankfully very few die by suicide. Research has emphasized the long term impact of bullying victimization and has indicated that students with disabilities are often the target of bullying. Participants will learn the key roles for administrators, counselors and teachers in bullying prevention. This module will help school personnel, and community agencies develop a comprehensive bullying prevention program and learn how best to support those that are victimized and how to intervene with those that are the bullies.