Full course description
Topic: Youth Suicide Prevention, Intevention, and Postvention in Schools
Date: May 30, 2024, from 9 a.m. - noon (CT)
Location: Virtually (Zoom)
Intended Audience: District and school administrators, school psychologists, school counselors, and school social workers
Description: As schools play a key role in youth suicide prevention, this workshop will provide extensive information on the roles of schools in youth suicide prevention and implementation and intervention plans that support suicidal and/or grieving students. Presenter, Dr. Scott Poland, an internationally recognized expert on school crisis and youth suicide, has also served as an expert witness in numerous legal cases where schools were sued after a student suicide and will discuss the prevention lessons from those cases. This workshop is geared for school and district administrators, school psychologists, school counselors, and school social workers. The workshop will be recorded, and continuing education contact hours are offered for full attendance at the live workshop.
By attending this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Know the incidence of youth suicide and analyze the foundational issues for youth suicide.
2. Identify adverse experiences for youth and how they contribute to youth suicide.
3. Identify protective factors that prevent youth suicide.
4. Identify key components of suicide screening and developing a safety plan with students after viewing a role play.
5. Identify key components of parent notification after viewing a role play.
6. Develop a comprehensive best practices model for suicide intervention.
7. Develop a comprehensive best practices model for suicide postvention.
8. Analyze the prevention lessons from legal cases where schools were sued after a student suicide.
9. Analyze the complex relationship between bullying and suicide.
# of CECHs: 3 hours
About the presenter:
Dr. Scott Poland is a professor and the director of the Suicide and Violence Prevention Office at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Poland is an internationally recognized expert on school crisis and youth suicide and has authored six books and numerous chapters on the subject. He previously directed psychological services for a large Texas school system for 24 years and is a past president of the National Association of School Psychologists and a past prevention director for the American Association of Suicidology. He recently authored the Suicide Safer School Plan and the Suicide Safer School Toolkit for Texas, the Crisis Action School Toolkit on Suicide for Montana, and the Florida STEPS School Toolkit for Educators to Prevent Suicide. He also was a founding member of the National Emergency Assistance Team and has assisted schools and communities after many tragedies such as school shootings, suicides, and acts of terrorism. He is very dedicated to prevention and has testified about the needs of children before the U.S. Congress on four occasions. Dr. Poland has also been involved as an expert witness in numerous legal cases where schools were sued following a suicide. He has received many awards including being named the Most Outstanding Psychologist in Texas, the Houston Wage Peace Award, the APA Jack Bardon Career Service Award, and the Helping Parkland Heal Award. Dr. Poland is known for his practical and dynamic presentations.