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Suicide Awareness and Prevention: Essential Tools and Practices for Developing Effective Practices and Procedures (EDUN77N)

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90 minutes
  •  Tue, November 28, 2017
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Best Practices for Developing Effective Suicide Awareness and Prevention Programs for Schools

The CDC reports that one in six students seriously consider suicide, and one in thirteen have attempted suicide on at least one occasion. Student suicide can have a devastating impact on the school community. This session, presented by an experienced panel of speakers, Kathy Wallace, Regina Myers and Erin D. Gilsbach, Esq. is designed to provide schools and educators with the tools that they need to develop a proactive system for suicide awareness, prevention, and response.

This session provides information and best-practice tips in five essential areas: current facts and statistics about student suicide; essential components of an effective school-wide suicide awareness, prevention, and response program; procedures for identifying and assisting at-risk students; protocols for responding to student suicide and suicide attempts; and effective communication with parents and the community. In this session, you will get information on a wide variety of helpful and practical resources available for schools.

Session Highlights

  • Facts, statistics, and recent trends regarding student suicide
    • Media exposure/“13 Reasons Why”
    • Blue whale suicide game
    • Real-time streaming of suicide attempts
  • Developing a school-wide suicide awareness, prevention, and response program
    • Key policy components and considerations
    • Auditing existing programs
    • Essential staff training tips and tools
    • Implementing age-appropriate student education programs
  • Identifying and assisting at-risk students
    • Risk factors and warning signs
    • Immediate protocols
    • Ongoing support
    • Staff training
    • Specific staff roles
      • Counselors
      • Administrators
      • Educators
      • School nurses/health staff
      • Special relationships (coach, advisor, mentor, etc.)
  • School response to a student suicide or suicide attempt
    • Notifying students and parents
    • Legal privacy issues
    • Preventing “copycat” attempts
    • Memorials and tributes
  • Effective communication with parents and the community
    • Spreading the message
    • Engaging with community partners

Session Objectives

You will learn:

  • How to self-audit your school’s/institute’s current suicide awareness and response programs and protocols
  • How to identify key components of effective suicide awareness, prevention, and response policies and programs
  • Essential components of staff and student training programs
  • How to audit a school’s existing policy, protocols, and procedures
  • How to identify and delineate the difference between “risk factors” and “warning signs” and the importance of each
  • How to identify protocols for identifying and assisting students who are at-risk for suicide
  • Best practices and tips for communicating with parents and the community
  • Critical responses to student suicidal ideation
  • How to efficiently conduct the suicide risk assessment
  • Proactive approaches to handling student suicide and suicide attempts as a school

Who Should Attend

  • Dean of students
  • Faculty advisors
  • Professors
  • Dorm monitors / supervisors
  • Administrators
  • Campus healthcare providers
  • Campus mental health professionals
  • Administrators
  • Teachers
  • Guidance counselors
  • Nurses
  • Psychologists
  • School attorneys
  • College/ institute attorneys
  • Attorneys representing students and their families
  • Parents of students with disabilities or suspected disabilities
About Our Speaker(s)

Erin D. Gilsbach | Special Education SpeakerErin D. Gilsbach ESQ
Erin D. Gilsbach is an associate with KingSpry and the Director of Professional Education and Policy Development. She develops professional coursework for educators. In that capacity, she designs the curriculum and conducts many of the courses offered, which address a variety of pertinent legal topics for educators and... More info


Kathy Wallace
Kathy Wallace is the President of the Northeast Suicide Prevention Initiative and a staunch advocate for suicide awareness and prevention.  She is a frequently-requested speaker on issues related to suicide prevention and awareness.... More info


Regina Myers
Regina Myers is a regional Student Assistance Program Coordinator for the state of Pennsylvania and a training consultant with Northeast Intermediate Unit 19.  She has an extensive background and experience in professional development for educators and school leaders. She is a certified Olweus Bullying Prevention Trai... More info

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    Event Title: Suicide Awareness and Prevention: Essential Tools and Practices for Developing Effective Practices and Procedures
    Presenter(s): Erin D. Gilsbach, ESQ, Kathy Wallace, Regina Myers

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