Dr. Scott Poland
Youth Suicide: Prevention/intervention and postvention in schools
(Scott Poland & Clark Flatt)
Suicide is now the second-leading cause of death for teens in the U.S. Despite strides made nationally, schools need to implement prevention and intervention plans that stop the spread of suicide contagion, and support suicidal or grieving students if a suicide has occurred. Participants will learn about resources available, myths, relevant legal cases, the relationship between bullying and suicide, and best practices for suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention.
Dr. Scott Poland is a Professor at CPS and the Co-Director of the Suicide and Violence Prevention Office at Nova Southeastern University. He is an internationally recognized expert on school crisis and youth suicide, authoring five books and numerous chapters on the subject. He is a past Prevention Division Director for the American Association of Suicidology. He co-authored the Suicide Safer School Plan for Texas and the Crisis Action School Toolkit on Suicide for Montana. He also co-presented four prevention modules for the Jason Foundation, and has been an expert witness in lawsuits facing schools following a student suicide.