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Schools play an important role in addressing the epidemic of youth suicide, especially as it coincides with the pandemic. As students cope with stresses related to COVID-19 and the racial justice movement, it’s imperative that districts take steps to address student mental health —which includes a focus on suicide prevention efforts.

Join two renowned school psychology experts Richard Lieberman, MA, NCSP, and Scott Poland, Ed.D., as they weigh in on the current situation, sharing valuable information for school leaders including:

  • The impact of COVID-19 on youth suicide
  • Starting or reactivating a suicide prevention task force
  • Ideas for building a suicide prevention policy with limited resources
  • Engaging your school community in prevention, intervention, and postvention while remote
The information presented in this webinar will help you explore steps to support student mental health with minimal resources.

Our Presenters:
Dr. Scott Poland
Professor and Co-Director of the Suicide and Violence Prevention Office at Nova Southeastern University

Dr. Poland is a licensed psychologist and internationally recognized as an expert on youth suicide, self-injury, school violence, school safety, threat assessment and school crisis. He has authored or co-authored five books and many chapters and articles on these subjects including, Suicide in Schools, published in 2015. He co-authored the Suicide Safer Schools Plan for the state of Texas and previously directed psychological services for a large Texas school system for 24 years. Dr. Poland is a past President of the National Association of School Psychologists, and past Prevention Division Director of the American Association of Suicidology. He has been an expert witness in numerous legal cases surrounding suicide tragedies in school communities. Dr. Poland is 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 following school shootings, acts of terrorism, natural disasters and numerous suicide clusters. Dr. Poland is known for his dynamic and practical presentations that include many real life experiences on the front line of crisis prevention, intervention, and postvention.
Richard Lieberman
Lecturer in the Graduate School of Education at Loyola Marymount University

Richard Lieberman MA, NCSP is a Lecturer in the Graduate School of Education at Loyola Marymount University and from 1986-2011 he coordinated Suicide Prevention Services for Los Angeles Unified School District, the second-largest school district in the US. He has co-authored numerous book chapters on suicide intervention in the schools; consulted nationally with districts experiencing suicide clusters; served on the Steering Committee for the Suicide Prevention Resource Center and contributed to both the SAMHSA Preventing Suicide and SPRC/AFSP After a Suicide school toolkits.
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Richard Lieberman MA, NCSP is a Lecturer in the Graduate School of Education at Loyola Marymount University and from 1986-2011 he coordinated Suicide Prevention Services for Los Angeles Unified School District, the second-largest school district in the US. He has co-authored numerous book chapters on suicide intervention in the schools; consulted nationally with districts experiencing suicide clusters; served on the Steering Committee for the Suicide Prevention Resource Center and contributed to both the SAMHSA Preventing Suicide and SPRC/AFSP After a Suicide school toolkits.
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