April 20, 2018 – HPA presents a PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY (in lieu of ethics) Workshop & Lunch – School Violence: Lessons Learned from the Front Lines by Dr. Scott Poland

Event Date/Time

DateFriday, April, 20 2018
Time1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Event Location

AddressUnited Way of Greater Houston
50 Waugh Drive
Houston, TX 77007
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School violence: Lessons from the front lines by Dr. Scott Poland


12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Registration, Networking & Lunch

1:00 – 4:00 p.m., Presentation

The United Way
50 Waugh Drive
Houston, TX 77007

3 Hours of PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY Professional Development Credit (counts in lieu of ethics)

NON-CLINICIANS (e.g., parents, educators, 1st responders, etc.) REGISTER AS "STUDENT NON-MEMBER"


It is essential that schools and communities know the incidence of school violence and be up to date on the best safety and prevention practices. This presentation will review numerous state and national initiatives that have focused on school safety and the recommendations from a variety of foundations started by parents who lost their children in tragic school shootings.  Many school shooters died by suicide and this presentation will outline the major theory of murder-suicide. The presenter has a wealth of practical experience responding to school crises and participants, whether they are members of law enforcement, psychologists, parents, school personnel or community members will learn many lessons from school violence and practical strategies to prevent future school violence.

Program Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify key factors that increase school safety in homes and communities and especially how to get students more involved in school safety.
  2. Improve the schools’ ability to assess threats of violence and determine whether a threat is substantial or transient.
  3. Identify the common characteristics and review the proposed types of school shooters.
  4. Learn lessons from numerous reports and books written about school violence.

Dr. Scott 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.

The presenter, a licensed psychologist is an internationally recognized expert on youth suicide, self-injury, bullying, school crisis prevention/intervention, threat assessment and parenting in challenging times. He has authored or co-authored five books and many chapters and articles on these subjects. His fifth book entitled, Suicide in schools was published in 2015 by Routledge and is available at www.routledge.com

He also recently co-authored the Suicide Safer Schools Plan for the state of Texas and the Crisis Action School Toolkit-Suicide for the state of Montana. He previously directed psychological services for a large Texas school system 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 very dedicated to prevention and has testified about the mental health needs of children before the U.S. Congress on four occasions. He is a founding member of the National Emergency Assistance Team and has personally assisted school communities after many tragedies. He is known for his dynamic and practical presentations.

***NON-CLINICIANS (e.g., parents, educators, 1st responders, etc.) REGISTER AS "STUDENT NON-MEMBER"