April 20, 2018 – HPA presents a DIVERSITY Workshop & Breakfast – Youth Suicide: Contemporary Issues in Prevention/Intervention and Postvention by Dr. Scott Poland

Event Date/Time

DateFriday, April, 20 2018
Time9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Event Location

AddressUnited Way of Greater Houston
50 Waugh Drive
Houston, TX 77007
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Youth Suicide: Contemporary Issues in Prevention/Intervention and Postvention by Dr. Scott Poland

8:00 – 9:00 am, Registration, Networking & Breakfast

9:00 am – 12:00 p.m., Presentation

The United Way
50 Waugh Drive
Houston, TX 77007

3 Hours of DIVERSITY Professional Development Credit

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

The incidence of youth suicide requires that schools and communities collaborate and increase suicide prevention efforts and that they be prepared to respond if a suicide occurs in order to reduce suicide contagion.  This presentation will help school and community mental health personnel increase their understanding of the most common factors in youth suicide.  Participants will learn effective strategies to prevent youth suicide and lessons from the aftermath of numerous suicides.


Program Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify protective factors and primary prevention programs to prevent youth suicide.
  2. Identify and dispel key myths about suicide.
  3. Understand that adolescents are the most susceptible to suicide contagion and review lessons from suicide point clusters.
  4. Learn how to develop a comprehensive best practices model for suicide prevention, intervention and postvention in the schools that includes assessment and depression screening.
  5. Understand the complex relationship between bullying and suicide.
  6. Understand the relationship between self-injury and suicide.
  7. Become familiar with national resources for youth suicide prevention.


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"

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