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Pathways for Prevention Mental Health Training: Emotional Awareness and Management, Suicide Prevention and Intervention, Supporting Individuals and School Communities Through Grief Experiences

Pathways for Prevention Mental Health Training: Emotional Awareness and Management, Suicide Prevention and Intervention, Supporting Individuals and School Communities Through Grief Experiences

  • Manassas, VA

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Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), in collaboration with Safe and Sound Schools, is pleased to announce the following Pathways for Prevention Mental Health Training.

Description

Emotional Awareness and Management (2 hours)

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.

Objectives: 

  • Explore how the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) framework supports and promotes emotional awareness and management for students.

  • Identify and apply SEL and MTSS interventions to support positive school climate.  

  • Identify specific strategies to support emotional awareness and management skills in the school community. 


Suicide Prevention and Intervention (2 hours)

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.   

Objectives: 

  • Identify indicators/risk factors of youth suicide.  

  • Identify protective factors against youth suicide.  

  • Identify tiered interventions for students who may be at risk for suicide.  

  • Identify specific strategies for safety planning in cases of youth suicide risk. 


Supporting Individuals and School Communities Through Grief Experiences (2 hours)

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. Outcome: Apply multi-tiered systems approach to support individual student grief experiences, preventing long-term consequences of violent behaviors/outcomes.  

Objectives:

  • Recognize presentations of grief among individual students. 

  • Recognize presentations of grief in the school community. 

  • Identify examples of tiered supports for students experiencing grief.  

  • Identify examples of tiered supports for school communities experiencing grief.  


Intended Audience

This training is intended for K-12 and IHE educators, school mental health personnel, school and campus security personnel, prevention providers, law enforcement, probation officers, school and campus administration, treatment professionals, counselors, student conduct professionals, prosecutors, residence life staff, and other interested school, campus or community personnel.

Partial In-service Credit

Partial In-service Credit (PIC) for law enforcement and certificates for participants will be awarded for each topic individually. 

Cost

There is no fee to attend this training.

Training Time and Details

Training begins at 9:00 AM and concludes at 4:30 PM. You will have 1 hour for lunch on your own.

Registration

Pre-registration is required.

Please note that the DCJS registration system does not have the capacity to sort eligible from ineligible registrants. Therefore, anyone who registers will receive a confirmation. It is the responsibility of the DCJS assigned course director to review the roster and make a final determination on acceptance into the course. Registrants not accepted will be notified via the email address provided during registration. 

For More Information, Contact:

Betsy Bell
804.997.1658
Email Betsy