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Youth Suicide and Bullying: Contemporary issues in prevention/intervention and postvention for schools

The incidence of youth suicide requires that schools increase suicide prevention efforts and that they be prepared to respond if a suicide occurs in order to reduce suicide contagion.  This presentation will help administrators and school support personnel increase their understanding of the incidence and most common factors in youth suicide.  Participants will learn effective strategies to prevent youth suicide and lessons from the aftermath of numerous suicides. The presentation will highlight key components from the Suicide Safer School plan that Dr. Poland wrote for the state of Texas that emphasized Best Practices. Key components are training all staff in the warning signs of suicide and developing referral procedures to school mental health professionals. How to access suicide risk at school, the importance of notifying parents, obtaining community services and developing re-entry procedures for a suicidal student returning from hospitalization will be shared. The aftermath of a student suicide requires that schools engage in postvention activities to prevent further suicides. Unfortunately, many schools have had suicide contagion or suicide clusters. Dr. Poland has assisted numerous school districts that experienced suicide contagion and has served as an expert witness in many legal cases filed against a school district in the aftermath of a student suicide and will share lessons from those legal cases. Bullying in schools is an international issue and a number of media reports have attributed youth suicide largely as a result of being victimized.  This training will help school personnel, and community agencies, understand the complex relationship between bullying and suicide and the keys for prevention.

Important Session Information:

Dimension 3.1: Classroom Environment, Routines and Procedures, Dimension 3.2: Managing Student Behavior, Dimension 3.3: Classroom Culture

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Session ID:
Credits Available:
(6) CPE
Seats Available:
$0.00 (* No Charge)
Contact Person:
Alma Reinhart
Scotta Knight
Assistant Principal, Counselor, Diagnostician, Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP), New Teacher, Principal, School Psychologist / Counselor, Social Worker, Special Education Director, Special Education Teacher, Teacher (All Level)
Date Time Location
10/17/2022 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Region 17 ESC - South Conference C, South Conference D
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