NCDE Summer Institute – Coping with Crisis in Schools and Communities: Lessons from the front lines for prevention and response

July 25, 2013

National Center for Death Education 2013 Summer Institute

Speaker: Scott Poland, Ph.D.


Workshop Description

The incidence of youth violence, tragedy, suicide, bullying and traumatic events in general requires that schools and communities be prepared to respond to these events. This presentation will help school and community mental health personnel, develop and enhance their ability to respond to critical incidents, safeguard children and build resiliency for children in today’s world. Participants will learn effective strategies to prevent crises from occurring and lessons from the front lines of numerous tragedies for how to best intervene to help affected schools and communities.

Educational Goals

1. Identify protective factors and primary prevention programs to prevent crises from occurring

2. Identify key factors that increase school safety and improve their ability to assess threats of violence

3. Learn how to develop a comprehensive best practices model for suicide prevention, intervention and postvention in the schools

4. Learn best practices crisis intervention models to manage emotionality and assist the entire school community and classrooms of students after tragic events.


Dr. Scott Poland is one of the premier experts on school crisis/safety and prevention. He has been invited to testify before the U.S. Congress on four occasions and has been a member of the National Emergency Assistance team for many years and has personally responded to the aftermath of 12 school shootings, the Oklahoma City bombing and 9/11/01 in New York City. He has authored four books and numerous chapters and articles about school safety, youth violence, suicide and self injury. He was previously the President of the National Association of School Psychologists and has made over 1000 presentations on crisis topics. He is currently a psychology professor and the co-director of the Suicide and Violence Prevention Office at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. For further information: