Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Time: 2:00 PM EDT
COVID-19 resulted in all schools going virtual in March 2020 and created unprecedented times for educators and students. Educators, parents, and students have all experienced high levels of stress, fear, and anxiety. Many students have lost loved ones, experienced financial hardship, felt isolated, and suffered from depression during the pandemic. School districts around the nation have varied greatly on when students and staff returned to campus, but it is expected that most students will be physically back on campus for the fall semester of 2021. Creating a climate of safety and attending to the social and emotional needs of students will be a challenge. The mental health needs of students may never have been greater, and many schools have an insufficient number of mental health professionals
This session by a former national school crisis team leader will focus on:
- Helping school staff and students develop self-care plans and will stress the importance of every student having a go-to adult at school.
- Preparing teachers to conduct classroom discussions to restore a sense of safety and security for students and increase student connection to their school, including access to A Teachable Moment Lesson Plan resource.
- Outlining how teachers can help students develop a self-care plan to deal with their stress and anxiety.
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Dr. Scott Poland
Professor & Co-Director of the Suicide and Violence Prevention Office | Nova Southeastern University
Dr. Poland is a Professor at the College of Psychology and the Co-Director of the Suicide and Violence Prevention Office at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He is a licensed psychologist and an internationally recognized expert on school safety, youth suicide, self-injury, bullying, school crisis prevention and intervention, and threat assessment. He has authored or co-authored five books and many chapters and articles on these subjects and has served as a legal expert in a number of lawsuits. Dr. Poland is also the author of numerous Vector Training staff and student online training courses on these topics. He previously directed psychological services for Cypress-Fairbanks ISD in Texas for 24 years and is a past President of the National Association of School Psychologists and a past Prevention Division Director of American Association of Suicidology. He is a founding member of the National Emergency Assistance Team and has personally assisted school communities after many tragedies including 16 school shootings and numerous suicide clusters. He has received many awards including being named the most outstanding psychologist in Texas. Dr. Poland also has received the Houston Wage Peace Award and the Parkland Helping the Community Heal Award.