Workshop Title: What do we do now? Suicide Postvention in Schools
Scott Poland Ed.D, NCSP – 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.
Richard Lieberman MA, NCSP – Lecturer in the Graduate School of Education at Loyola Marymount University California
Marina Niznik Ph.D.- Advisory Board member for the JED Foundation Set-To-Go High School – California
Workshop Description: This workshop will focus on designing effective postvention plans to limit contagion; applying safe messaging in communications; and addressing issues such as high-risk youth; helping students cope; memorialization and social media.
Providing leadership in the aftermath of a student or staff death by suicide requires knowledge of best practice strategies, culturally responsive resources and collaboration with local mental health advocates. This workshop will focus on designing postvention plans that prepare all school staff for their roles in identifying and intervening with students at risk; helping students cope; addressing parent and memorial issues; and utilizing safe messaging on news, print and social media to limit contagion.
This session will help participants
- Design effective postvention plans that are based on best practice strategies, culturally responsive resources and in alignment with NASP Practice Model.
- Utilize the After a Suicide: Toolkit for schools from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for addressing issues such as helping kids cope; memorials and social media
- Apply strategies of Safe Messaging in all school communications to students, parents and the media to limit contagion.
Richard Lieberman MA, NCSP is a Lecturer in the Graduate School of Education at Loyola Marymount University and from 1986-2011 he coordinated Suicide Prevention Services for Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest school district in the U.S. Richard is a co-author of the PREPaRE Model for NASP and numerous book chapters and articles on suicide prevention, intervention and postvention in the schools. Richard has consulted nationally with districts experiencing suicide clusters; served on the Steering Committee of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center and contributed to the SAMHSA Preventing Suicide and SPRC/AFSP After a Suicide school toolkits and California Department of Education’s Model Youth Suicide Prevention Policy.
Scott Poland Ed.D, NCSP 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. The presenter, a licensed psychologist has authored or co-authored five books and many chapters and articles on youth suicide and self-injury and has served as a legal expert in a number of lawsuits. He also co-authored the Suicide Safer Schools Plan for the state of Texas and the Crisis Action School Toolkit on Suicide for the state of Montana. He is a past President of the National Association of School Psychologists and a past Prevention Division Director of American Association of Suicidology.
Marina Niznik Ph.D. earned her doctoral degree in School Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and upon completing her APA-accredited internship a large suburban school district outside of Houston, Texas, remained there for over 15 years, providing direct psychological services in a district of over 100,000 students. She recently relocated to California where she serves as a consultant to organizations, practitioners, and school districts. She is currently an Advisory Board member for the JED Foundation Set-To-Go High School program and consults with them in the development of this initiative. In collaboration with Dr. Scott Poland and Mr. Richard Lieberman, she has written articles on self-injury, suicide contagion, and suicide prevention in the context of social media. She is a licensed psychologist in the state of California and currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.