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Self-Harm, Suicide and Depression in Schools: An Identification, Prevention & Postvention Guide for Educators and All School Based Professionals
Self-Harm, Suicide and Depression in Schools: An Identification, Prevention & Postvention Guide for Educators and All School Based Professionals

Where:   NEW ROCHELLE, NY

When:  Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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RADISSON HOTEL NEW ROCHELLE
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Course Description:

The school years are fraught with turmoil and strife for kids. In addition to the usual unrest, many of your students will be affected by emotional and/or mental health issues. They may present with dropping grades, decreased class participation and negative acting-out behavior. For some students, these issues escalate into more severe and complex behaviors that cause harm to both themselves and others. These students often become emotionally withdrawn, exhibit extreme mood swings, become severely depressed and may even resort to self-harm and/or suicide. These issues pose a serious challenge to you and your school.

As an educator, you are in the unique position to identify, help and support these struggling students. This seminar will examine the best strategies for identification, prevention and postvention among students with depression, self-harm and suicidal ideation. Emphasis will be placed on understanding how to detect and respond to at-risk students at the individual level, classroom level and school-wide level. You will learn strategies, techniques and interventions to provide the appropriate support and effectively help students cope. Whether you are a classroom teacher, school counselor/psychologist/social workers, administrator or support staff, you will leave this seminar armed with tools you need to connect with and help students who most need your help.
Objectives:

  1. Integrate techniques to build students’ social/emotional skills, thus increasing the likelihood to establish positive relationships.
  2. Recommend effective methods to detect the hidden signs of depression, self-harm & suicide and put to practical use in the schools.
  3. Implement techniques that promote resiliency among all students thus improving their social and academic success.
  4. Explore a collaborative approach to integrate SEL into the curriculum.
  5. Ascertain the underlying reasons for self-harm & suicide in order to improve your connection with the student.
  6. Provide guidelines for notifying and engaging parents.
  7. Specify a suicide intervention team and delineate the role of each member.
  8. Establish best practices for postvention plans in the aftermath of a suicide.
OUTLINE

Today’s Mental Health Issues in our Classrooms
  • Prevalence of depression, self-harm and suicide
  • The first line of defense: Role of teacher & school
  • Confidentiality & sharing of information
  • A collaborative approach
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks
Depression: Identify and Reach At-Risk Students
  • Telltale and hidden warning signs
  • Key factors determining susceptibility, vulnerability and recovery
    • Emotional reserve
    • Emotional resiliency
  • Creative strategies to reach at-risk students
    • Sorry 7 & Super 7
    • Activities to enhance connection
    • Techniques to increase engagement
  • Classroom & school-wide accommodations
Self-Harm: Develop a Protocol for Handling the Silent School Epidemic
  • Modes of self-harm: Similarities and differences
  • Understanding the “why” of self-harm
  • Protective factors & risk factors
  • The interconnected role of addiction, self-harm & suicide
  • Approaching and connecting with the student
  • Strategies to support the at-risk student
    • Techniques to engage the disengaged
    • Methods to build coping skills
  • Notifying and engaging the parents
Create a Suicide Crisis Team: Guidelines to Recognize and Respond to Suicidal Behaviors
  • Recognizing the underlying reasons
  • Risk factors: Low/medium/high level of risk
  • Imminent warning signs – the strongest predictors
  • What to do when you suspect or hear of ideation
  • Approaching and connecting with the student
  • Strategies to:
    • Address and respond to ideation
    • Cope with a suicide attempt
    • Mobilize staff
  • Notifying and engaging the parents
  • Is suicide contagious?
Prevention Toolkit: A Guide to help Prevent Depression, Self-Harm and Suicide
  • The role of Social/Emotional Learning (SEL) in preventing depression, self-harm and suicide
  • A collaborative, strategic approach to integrate SEL into the curriculum
    • Empower students
    • Promote connection
    • Case example: Effective K-12 SEL approach to prevention
After Suicide: Postvention Plans for Schools
  • Short-term strategies
  • Long-term, school-wide interventions
  • Minimizing risk of self-harm & suicide contagion
  • Case example: Successful postvention plans
Target Audience

  • Classroom Teachers
  • Special Education Personnel
  • Principals
  • School Administrators
  • School Psychologists
  • School Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • School Nurses
  • School Safety Specialists
  • School Resource Officers
  • Educational Paraprofessionals
  • Other Helping Professionals Who Work with Children

ELIZABETH WILLIAMS, PHD

Dr. Elizabeth Williams is a licensed clinical psychologist in California with over 25 years of clinical experience in schools and clinics. Before recently transitioning to private practice, Dr. Williams served as a school psychologist for over 23 years in her district, providing assessment, counseling and crisis intervention services for students and families. In addition, she developed and presented numerous staff development workshops and in-services on school-focused topics that include mental health assessments, trauma sensitivity, non-suicidal self-injury, suicide, anxiety, depression, DSM-5 diagnoses, ASD, CBT, mindfulness, positive psychology, and cultural sensitivity. Dr. Williams also has experience in higher education, teaching psychology courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and for the past several years she has served as a supervisor and mentor for other mental health professionals. Dr. Williams earned her Master of Arts degree in clinical psychology, with honors, from United States International University and in 1995 she graduated with honors from United States International University earning her PhD in clinical psychology. She also holds a California School Psychology Credential (PPS).



Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Elizabeth Williams maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Elizabeth Williams has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Counselors
This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

New Jersey Counselors: This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.

New York Counselors: PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Mental Health Counselors. #MHC-0033. This activity will qualify for 7.5 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


Educators/Teachers
This activity qualifies for 380 minutes of instructional content as required by many national and state licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

New Jersey Educators, Administrators & Education Services Personnel: This activity will offer 6.0 Actual Professional Development Hours. PESI, Inc., powered by MEDS-PDN, is a registered New Jersey Professional Development Provider with the NJ Dept. of Education.

New York Educators: PESI, Inc. is an approved sponsor of CTLE with the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) Office of Teaching Initiatives. Provider #23567. This activity will qualify for 6.25 Approved Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) Hour(s), in the area of Pedagogy. Hours are based on full attendance. Board required certificates will be sent after the program.


Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
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PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses in full attendance will earn 6.3 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.

Psychologists/School Psychologists: PESI, Inc. is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists to offer professional development for school psychologists. PESI maintains responsibility for the program. Provider #1140. PESI is offering this activity for 6.25 hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


Social Workers
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PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social Workers completing this course receive 6.25 Clinical Practice continuing education credits. Course Level: Intermediate. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

New Jersey Social Workers: We’re working to get you credit. Updates will be posted as they become available.

New York Social Workers: PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0008. This activity will qualify for 7.5 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 380 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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