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Safe and Sound Schools is proud to introduce our newest program, Pathways for Prevention! This program was created to provide a practical approach to school violence prevention. Participants will explore universal violence prevention strategies, as well as targeted and intensive interventions for preventing and responding to violent behaviors to support safe and sound learning environments.
Keep scrolling to learn more, including detailed information about each module, and our lead trainers.
VALUE & OUTOMES
Our Workshops Will Equip and Help Participants:
- Understand and apply Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)
- Learn to identify and utilize systems of support within school communities to ensure student growth, wellness, and safety
- Learn to foster a culture of care in their school community
- Understand how to assess and manage active threats in school communities to prevent school violence
- Explore universal violence prevention strategies, as well as targeted and intensive interventions for preventing and responding to violent behaviors to support safe and sound learning environments
The Training Modules
Introduction to Pathways for Prevention
Participants will review the constructs of Multi-tiered Systems of Support and explore the application of MTSS for the prevention of school violence. Through real-world illustrations and examples, participants will recognize MTSS as a model of prevention, intervention, and postvention. Through subsequent modules, participants will learn to identify and utilize systems of support within their school community to ensure student growth, wellness, and safety in identified areas of need.
Emotional Awareness and Management
Emotional awareness and management are critical social-emotional competencies that support student growth and can help prevent emotional, behavioral, and mental health crises. Through scenario-based examples and activities, these concepts will be defined, and participants will learn how schools can support their students’ growth in these areas in a multi-tiered system of support that focuses on social-emotional learning.
Suicide Prevention & Intervention
Students experience a myriad of emotions as they progress through school. While most cope successfully with these feelings, many will harbor emotional pain so great that they have thoughts of suicide. In fact, approximately 50% of lifetime mental health conditions emerge by age 14 and 90% of deaths by suicide had an underlying mental illness. As mental health concerns increase, schools must be ready to address suicide prevention and intervention needs for all students.
Through scenario-based examples and activities, participants will learn how to identify risk and protective factors and warning signs of suicide. They will also learn how schools can support students at-risk for suicide through implementation of MTSS such as, conducting suicide risk assessments, safety planning, and reintegrating students back into school after hospitalization. Additionally, best practices in suicide postvention will be defined and reviewed.
Identifying and Supporting Student Trauma Experiences
Students experience various forms and degrees of trauma as a result of death, illness, crisis, and loss, often affecting behavioral, social-emotional and academic growth, which can lead to harmful behaviors if unrecognized and untreated. Through scenario-based examples and activities, participants will learn how to identify traumatic events, experience, and effects. A trauma-informed approach within a multi-tiered system of support will be described, and specific examples and resources will be provided in order to apply the concepts learned.
Bullying Prevention and Intervention
A longstanding challenge for school communities across the country and spanning decades of American public education, bullying behavior is harmful to victims, offenders, and school communities nationwide, as well as linked to long-term mental health impacts and violent behaviors. Participants will explore the myriad issues and presentations of bullying in this module, exploring their impact upon students’ learning and sense of safety in school today. Examining multi-tiered solutions, interventions, strategies, and supports, participants will learn to identify and combat these challenges through universal, targeted, and intensive interventions and resources.
Positive Behavior Supports
This training module explores the power of a positive approach to fostering a safe and welcoming school environment. Examining best practices in proactive, response, and management strategies across a multi-tiered systems approach, participants will gain practical tools for building a positive climate and supportive culture to increase positive student engagement, interaction, and growth, decreasing negative, harmful, and potentially violent behaviors in school.
Responding to Threatening Behaviors
Before and beyond threat assessment, this learning module explores a Multi-tiered Systems of Support approach to preventing, addressing, and managing potential school violence. From fostering a culture of care to assessing and managing an active threat, school communities may be better positioned to prevent school violence than they realize. Participants will explore universal violence prevention strategies, as well as targeted and intensive interventions for preventing and responding to violent behaviors to support a safe learning environment.
Supporting Individuals and School Communities Through Grief Experiences
Grief experiences impact school communities and individuals within the community in various forms and degrees, affecting behavioral, social-emotional and academic growth, potentially lead to harmful behaviors if unrecognized and untreated. Through scenario-based examples and activities, participants will learn how to identify and support individual and shared grief experiences through a multi-tiered systems approach.
Conclusion-Pathways in Practice
Participants will review and discuss a real-world example of school violence prevented through the application of multi-tiered systems of support.
MEET THE AUTHORS & LEAD TRAINERS
Dr. Stephen Brock
Professor and the School Psychology Program Coordinator at College of Education at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS)
Dr. Melissa Reeves
Senior Advisor, Safe and Sound Schools & Senior Threat Manager & Trainer, SIGMA Threat Management Associates, an Ontic Company
Dr. Ben Fernandez
PREPaRE Workshop #1 and Workshop #2 Master Trainer & School Psychologist at Loudoun County Public Schools
Dr. Amanda Nickerson
Professor and Director of the Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York
CUSTOM PACKAGES AVAILABLE
Workshops can be tailored to meet the unique needs of your school community and can be virtual or in-person. Contact us to arrange a consultation and discuss how Pathways for Prevention can help your school community create a safe and supportive school safety environment.