2019 Safe Schools Summit – Katayoun M. Copeland Delaware County District Attorney
Understanding Trauma and its Impact on our Children - Strategies, Support and Solutions
Delaware County District Attorney Kat Copeland – 20th Annual Safe Schools Summit
DELAWARE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY
2019 SAFE SCHOOLS SUMMIT
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 – 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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Complimentary continental breakfast and lunch will be provided for all participants
Neumann University, Bruder Life Center
Neumann Drive, Aston, PA. 19014
“Understanding Trauma and its Impact on Our Children”
Strategies, Support and Solutions
For 20 years the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office has been holding Safe School Summits which started in the wake of the mass shooting at Columbine High School in 1999, in an effort to proactively address and prevent school violence. In partnership with school officials, public safety officials, and first responders, the summit focuses on improving school safety by consistently addressing issues pertaining to safety and the well-being of our students and teachers in Delaware County. By holding this summit each year, it is the goal of the District Attorney’s Office to bring together educators and school officials, who ultimately are the ones tasked with responding to crisis situations, to learn ways to protect themselves and their school community. By collectively discussing the challenges facing our schools and promoting best practices, we together can effectively improve school safety.
This year’s Safe Schools Summit will take place on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., at Neumann University, Bruder Life Center, Neumann Drive, Aston, PA. 19014.
The keynote speaker this year is Kevin Hines, Brain Health Advocate & Storyteller. Kevin Hines is a brain/mental health advocate, award-winning global speaker, bestselling author and documentary filmmaker who reaches audiences with his story of an unlikely survival and his strong will to live. Kevin will share his story of hope and celebration of life. He is a mental health advocate, global speaker, best-selling author, documentary filmmaker and entrepreneur. Two years after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder (at 19 years of age), Kevin attempted to take his own life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. He is one of only thirty-four (less than 1%) to survive the fall and he is the only Golden Gate Bridge jump survivor who is actively spreading the message of living mentally healthy around the globe. He is one of the most respected and admired voices of lived experience. Kevin’s story is a remarkable testament to the strength of the human spirit and a reminder for us to love the life we have.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear and learn from Joshua MacNeill, M.Ed., Director of Neurologic Initiative, Lakeview. Josh began his career as a teacher where he quickly adapted trauma-informed strategies into his classroom. Because of his success both in the classroom and in sharing these strategies with others, he receives many requests to consult and train. In addition to earning his Masters in Multicultural Education, Josh has completed The Child Trauma Academy’s Neurosequential Model of Education training. He has presented at regional, state, national and international conferences and now offers training and consultation for schools throughout the United States and abroad. Josh has written the book, 101 Brain Breaks & Brain-Based Educational Activities. Joshua MacNeill will be speaking on three topics:
- Neurologic Introduction, a session that provides an introduction to trauma-informed approach to working with students and explores why an approach such as this is essential to meeting the needs of many students.
- Brain Region-Specific Interventions, a session that explores basic ways for identifying what brain region a student might be operating from, and then provides an extensive list of tools and strategies to help them move back to the cortex where they are ready to succeed in the classroom.
- Creating Trauma-Informed Spaces, a session that not only addresses practical ways to set up physical spaces to meet the needs of students, but also, exploring things to incorporate and avoid, including calming corners or sensory rooms at all age levels.
Our third speaker is Dr. Terri Erbacher, Ph.D., who has been a school psychologist with Delaware County Intermediate Unit for 20 years. She is a professor of psychology at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and is currently serving on the Pennsylvania School Safety and Security Committee workgroups to develop both Act 18’s Trauma-Informed Care Model Approach Plan as well as the Threat Assessment guidelines. Dr. Erbacher will be speaking about the Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines (CSTAG), an evidence-based model that will help prepare schools in not only assessing risk of school violence, but in effectively intervening with at-risk students. The Delaware County Intermediate Unit works to offer cutting edge initiatives to support not only our county school districts but our community as a whole. As the nation continues to have concerns regarding school violence, PA’s Act 18, passed in to law this summer, requires all schools to have threat assessment teams. DCIU is committed to serving the needs of stakeholders and offers trainings pursuant to the comprehensive school assessment guidelines (CSTAG), an evidence-based model that will help prepare our schools in not only assessing risk of school violence but how to effectively intervene with at-risk students. Act 18 further specifies that schools must be prepared to address concerns of risk to one’s self, which is in essence, suicide risk. The schools are challenged to have procedures in place to address suicide risk assessment and intervention. Policies and procedures for safe schools are not only required by law, but nothing is more important than the fact that following these procedures might just save a life, or in the case of school violence, many lives.
We will be offering the following credits, pending approval from accrediting groups:
Act 48 for Public, Archdiocese, Private and Independent Schools
CEU – Social Work/Psychology
CEU – Nursing/Medical
CLE – Attorney
CPE – Finance/Accounting
HRCI – Human Resources
Advanced registration is required and can be accomplished by following the link below:
The DA’s Office Safe School’s Summit is open to all school staff, employees, and law enforcement personnel.