Recorded Webinars

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Recorded Webinars 2021-11-22T11:23:39-05:00

How to Engage in Courageous Conversations

Current events in our nation have made it more important for leaders to engage in courageous conversations, even when they are difficult or make us feel uncomfortable. Engaging in open, authentic, truthful dialogue in an atmosphere of trust and respect is the key to effective leadership for improvement, especially on issues of race, gender, socioeconomics and other social justice topics. In this webinar, participants will understand how to create a safe space for courageous conversations to occur and strategies to initiate and facilitate meaningful interactions.

Addressing a Student’s Call for Help Through Suicide Risk Assessment

This session will review recognizing signs of suicide and address six best practices considerations for implementing Student Suicide Risk Assessments in K-12 schools. Learn how these practices can help improve and align the work of mental health professionals to effectively address the needs of students of concern with school safety in mind.

Beyond Zero Tolerance: Developing an Effective Support Plan for Students Who Are Bullied and Students Who Bully Others

Research has shown that students who are bullied and students who bully others are at greater risk of short-term and long-term negative outcomes. Creating an effective support plan requires an understanding of best practices in individual interventions. Strategies will be shared on how to address bullying situations at the Tier 3 level including identifying student needs, partnering with parents/guardians, and selecting supportive action steps. Strategies demonstrated in this session will include building connections and supporting students and caregivers.

Understanding the Educator’s Role in Stopping Human Trafficking

Thousands of school-age children in the United States are vulnerable to being trafficked. Some victims will continue attending school during the day where they will cross paths with educators. From the principal to the bus driver, they all have an important role to play in stopping human trafficking. Learn about common signs to look for in a student being trafficked, understand how to help, discuss how to help students develop empathy toward these situations.

Applying a Trauma-Informed Equity Lens to Youth Mental Health and Bullying Prevention in Schools

This session will highlight contemporary considerations concerning youth mental health as well as trauma-informed strategies that help to prevent or mitigate risk factors associated with mental health challenges including bullying behavior for school-based application. Emphasis will be on risk and protective factors associated with social, emotional and behavioral wellness in alignment with preventive approaches in schools.

Being Safe, Kind and Respectful Online: What Educators Need to Know

In this era of digital connection and communication, educators and students are facing many challenges such as increased time spent online at younger ages. This interactive presentation will explore some of the complexities of educating, supporting and connecting with youth in today’s world. The presenters will navigate the areas of cyberbullying, online safety and digital citizenship. Working in a multi-tiered system of support framework and focusing on the social emotional needs of students, the presentation will provide practical strategies and usable resources for primary and secondary educators.

Bullying as a Traumatic Experience

Research continues to support negative outcomes in adulthood related to mental and relational health for children who have experienced trauma. In this webinar, Pennsylvania’s trauma-informed principles will be discussed as a framework for moving toward the development of trauma-informed systems. Part of this journey involves addressing childhood experiences through a trauma-informed lens. In terms of bullying, this means we need to identify bullying as a type of school violence and understand it as a type of traumatic experience for students and staff. This presentation will focus on identifying trauma, signs of trauma exposure in students, and how adults can use trauma-informed principles to address exposure to trauma.

Bullying Prevention and Social-Emotional Learning: What is One Without the Other?

The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is proven to reduce bullying in schools and it also provides a framework for an effective, comprehensive approach to SEL. Presenters from the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program will share research on the relationship between SEL and bullying prevention and discuss how understanding the connection can contribute to a welcoming, safe learning environment. Specific strategies for strengthening SEL skills, reducing bullying, and incorporating both for seamless implementation will be presented.

Finding Meaning and Balance Between Home and Hybrid Working

This workshop explores the loss that has occurred because of the COVID-19 pandemic and how participants can understand and manage the stages of grief including Kessler’s 6th stage, finding meaning. Characteristics of crisis-related stress will be explored along with protective factors and activities to manage stress and promote resilience and guide us down the path of hopefulness. Strategies to build self-efficacy toward emotional, physical and psychological wellbeing will be shared along with effective ways to communicate and support others who need the same level of support.

Best Practices in Bullying Prevention: Examining a Three-Tiered Approach

Bullying is still one of the most pressing issues facing our youth, affecting individuals across ethnicity, gender, grade, and socioeconomic status. One of the best tools for decreasing the problems associated with bullying is to implement evidence-based prevention strategies. Current research findings continue to support a comprehensive, three-tiered approach to bullying prevention.