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PRESS RELEASE: Hundreds of Teachers to Attend Safe Schools Summit that Focuses on Mental Health and Trauma

October 19th, 2019

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE:  October 15, 2019

Hundreds of Teachers to Attend Safe Schools Summit that focuses on mental health and trauma

Kevin Hines, one of 34 individuals to survive a jump from the Golden Gate Bridge, will deliver the keynote address and discuss mental health and wellness issues

ASTON – As the nation marks the 20th anniversary of the mass shooting at Columbine High School, Delaware County District Attorney Kat Copeland will convene a summit of educators, school administrators, public safety personnel, and first responders to proactively address school violence. The 2019 Safe Schools Summit will focus on mental health and understanding the impact of trauma on children and will take place on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Neumann University in Aston, PA.

This year’s summit will feature a keynote address by Kevin Hines, a national brain and mental health advocate, who reaches his audiences by sharing his unlikely story of survival. Two years after being 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. 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.

“Too often the topic of mental health as a root cause of school violence is discussed in generalities and soundbites,” said Delaware County District Attorney Kat Copeland.  “That is why I thought it was important that we bring in experts on mental health and wellness of students who could share their experiences and provide practical knowledge that schools could use to implement new programs and policies.”

“Through this summit the District Attorney’s Office brings together educators and school officials to focus on improving school safety by consistently addressing issues related to the safety and well-being of students and teachers,” said Copeland. “This summit brings together our teachers and school officials — who are the ones ultimately tasked with responding to crisis situations — to learn ways to protect themselves and their school community, to collectively discuss the challenges facing our schools, and to promote best practices.”

Attendees will also hear from Joshua MacNeill, M.Ed., Director of Neurologic Initiative, Lakeside. An educator who adapted trauma informed strategies into his classroom, Joshua will provide an introduction to working with students using a trauma-informed approach and utilizing brain region specific interventions to assist students with achieving success in the classroom.

Dr. Terri Erbacher, Ph.D., a school psychologist with the Delaware County Intermediate Unit for 20 years and a professor of psychology at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, will discuss the Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines (CSTAG).  This evidence-based model helps prepare schools to assess the risk of school violence and effectively intervene with at-risk students. Dr. Erbacher will also discuss new state requirements for schools to have threat assessment teams, as well as suicide risk assessment and intervention.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Delaware County Safe Schools Summit, an initiative launched by the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office in the wake of the mass shooting at Columbine High School in 1999 to proactively address and prevent school violence.

The Safe Schools Summit is open to all school staff, employees, and law enforcement personnel. As part of the free program, attendees can receive CLE, CPE, Act 48, CEU, and HRCI continuing education credits (pending final approval from accreditation organizations).  Advanced registration is required through https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KatCopelandDA.

 

What:              20th Annual Delaware County Safe Schools Summit focusing on mental health

 

Who:               Delaware County District Attorney Kat Copeland

Kevin Hines, one of only 34 individuals to survive jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge, now a national Brain Health Advocate & Storyteller

Joshua MacNeill, M.Ed., Director of Neurologic Initiative, Lakeside and an expert on using trauma-informed strategies in education

Dr. Terri Erbacher, Ph.D., a 20-year school psychologist who serves on the Pennsylvania School Safety and Security Committee workgroups

 

When:             Tuesday, October 22, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where:           Neumann University, Bruder Life Center

1 Neumann Drive

Aston, PA 19014.

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