Current Trainings

Bullying Prevention

Concerning Student Behaviors

Digital Safety

Emergency Response and Crisis Management

Managing Workplace Stress and Conflict

Positive School Climate

Social Emotional Learning

Suicide Prevention

Youth Crime and Violence Prevention

Youth Development

Beyond Bullying: Civil and Criminal Law Implications

Purpose
Is sexting a crime? Is it illegal to post lies and rumors? Can schools discipline students for off-campus activities? Can bullying be criminal activity? Can bullying be a hate crime? This training will identify the pitfalls that await students who engage in bullying exchanges that cross the line into illegal activity, as well as helping school administrators and staffs understand potential areas of liability with regard to these incidents.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Understand how bullying behavior impacts today’s students and their school environment
  • Provide examples of bullying behaviors that cross the line into criminal activity
  • Explore the issues of “protected class” and “deliberate indifference” as it relates to bullying

Course Length
2.0 hours

Target Audience
This training is designed for school administrators, student services personnel, certified and noncertified school staff, community based school partner organizations, law enforcement and juvenile probation officers. This training is not appropriate for students of any grade.

Facilities
Classroom (or lecture) seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
2.0 hours of Act 48

Bullying Prevention 101

Purpose
This training will provide an introductory level overview of bullying behaviors, including cyberbullying, examine the roles individuals play in bullying situations and provide insight into the possible academic and health effects on all who participate in or observe bullying situations. Participants will be introduced to bullying prevention best practices designed to improve overall school climate.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Understand how bullying behavior impacts today’s students and their school environment
  • Recognize possible academic and health effects for students involved in bullying
  • Identify the elements of an effective bullying prevention training

Course Length
3.0 hours (full training) or 60-90 minutes (overview only) Target Audience This training is designed for school administrators, student services personnel, certified and noncertified school staff, community based school partner organizations, law enforcement and juvenile probation officers. This training is not appropriate for students of any grade.

Facilities
Classroom (or lecture) seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 3.0 hours of Act 48

Bullying Prevention 201

Purpose
This training will provide in-depth examination of bullying prevention best practices designed to improve overall school climate with a focus on the vital role adults play in preventing and responding to school based acts of bullying – an overview of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Training will be provided as one example of a research based bullying prevention training designed to reduce bullying behaviors and improve school climate. The training will also focus on practical tools and strategies to engage parents and community partners in bullying prevention efforts.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Understand how effective bullying prevention training results in improved school climate
  • Recognize the elements of an effective bullying prevention training
  • Identify tools and strategies to engage parents and community partners in bullying prevention efforts

Course Length
3.0 hours (full training) or 60-90 minutes (overview only)

Target Audience
This training is designed for school administrators, student services personnel, certified and noncertified school staff, community based school partner organizations, law enforcement and juvenile probation officers. This training is not appropriate for students of any grade.

Facilities
Classroom (or lecture) seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 3.0 hours of Act 48

Bullying Prevention for Parents: What Can You Do to Help?

Purpose
This training will focus on what parents and caregivers can do to help children understand the impact of bullying on bystanders, children who bully and children who are bullied. The training will examine the roles individuals play in bullying situations and provide insight into the possible academic and health effects on all who participate in or observe bullying situations. Specific information will be provided to give parents and caregivers tips to help children and youth understand their role in countering bullying.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Understand how bullying behavior impacts today’s students and their school environment
  • Recognize possible academic and health effects for students involved in bullying
  • Identify effective tips to help children and youth respond to bullying

Course Length
3.0 hours (full training) or 60-90 minutes (overview only)

Target Audience
This training is designed for school administrators, student services personnel, certified and noncertified school staff, community based school partner organizations, law enforcement, juvenile probation officers, parents and caregivers. This training is not appropriate for students of any grade.

Facilities
Classroom (or lecture) seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 3.0 hours of Act 48

Mean on Purpose? Preventing Aggression and Bullying in Early Childhood

Purpose
The majority of research on bullying focuses on its prevalence, causes and appropriate prevention and intervention responses for school-aged children. However, recent studies examine bullying behaviors that are exhibited by preschool-aged children. Young children who are victimized by their peers report being fearful of other children, are vulnerable to future episodes of victimization and are anxious about going to school. (Alsaker, F., Valkanover, S. The Bernese program against victimization in kindergarten and elementary school). Preschool children, like older children, are capable of direct and indirect bullying behaviors (Vlachou, M., Andreou, E., Botsoglou, K. Bully/victim problems among preschool children: A review of current research evidence). Participants of this workshop will learn bullying prevention strategies for early childhood and examine approaches to enhance social emotional learning.

Objectives
Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Define aggressive behaviors in pre-school and young children that may be a form of bullying
  • List strategies for how adults should address aggression and bullying behavior in young children
  • List support strategies for bullying prevention in young children
  • Identify evidenced-based programs to enhance pro-social skills including empathy in young children

Course Length
1.5 to 3.0 hours

Target Audience
The workshop is designed for organizations, school districts faculty and staff.

Facilities
Flexible classroom seating must be available along with a podium, microphone for large groups,
screen and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host school district or organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 3.0 hours of Act 48

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) Training

Purpose
OBPP is a comprehensive approach to bullying prevention that is focused on long term change that creates a safe and positive school climate. It is designed and evaluated for use in K-12. The program’s goals are to reduce and prevent bullying problems among school aged children, and to improve peer relations and school climate (adapted from Clemson University website).

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Understand what bullying is, the impacts of bullying and strategies for support of students involved; the child bullied, the child that bullies and bystanders
  • Understand the strategies and methods to effectively support the implementation and sustainability of the Olweus program
  • Learn effective methods in recognizing, intervening and preventing bullying
  • Begin the implementation of OBPP to include staff training, policy and practice reviews and re-structuring, and informed decision making based on student data gathered through Olweus student surveys
  • Kick-off the program with the student population
  • Develop relationships with community based representatives and parents to extend bullying prevention education and efforts beyond the school

Course Length
2-day training 18-40 hours technical assistance support each month for a minimum of 18 months following the training

Target Audience
This training is designed for school administrators, student services personnel, certified and noncertified school staff, community based school partner organizations, law enforcement and juvenile probation officers. This training is not appropriate for students of any grade.

Facilities
Classroom seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
None

Turning Bullying Prevention Research into Action

Purpose
As educators, we have heard a great deal about the importance of bullying prevention and intervention during the school day and the out-of-school time (OST) setting. We know the detrimental effects that bullying can have on all those involved and yet, we are often left wondering how to put this research into practice. How do you empower bystanders who witness bullying? How do you cultivate empathy in bullies? And how do you support parents so that they can help keep their children safe? In this training, we will move beyond general guidelines and bullying statistics and provide actual tips, techniques and lesson plans that can be used in your school and/or OST program to cultivate a safe environment where students can learn, develop strong relationships and have fun.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Use strategies to empower bystanders who witness bullying
  • Employ techniques to cultivate empathy in youth who engage in bullying behavior
  • Support parents
  • Put techniques and lesson plans into action in school and/or OST programs

Course Length
1.5 to 3.0 hours

Target Audience
The training is designed for OST program staff, and school districts faculty and staff.

Facilities
Classroom seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 3.0 hours of Act 48

What Will You Do? Empowering Bystanders (youth workshop)

Purpose
When bullying happens the majority of youth are on the sidelines, not taking an active role in the bullying behavior but not actively stopping it either. Bystanders often feel unsafe, powerless to change things and remorseful if they do nothing to stop bullying behavior. Youth who participate in this workshop will learn strategies for reacting in positive and proactive ways when bullying is witnessed directly or indirectly. Bullying prevention initiatives are most successful when there is a focus on empowering bystanders to safely intervene and promote a safe and respectful environment.

Objectives
Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Explore the cycle of bullying and define bullying behavior
  • Examine social norms for pro social bystander behavior in bullying scenarios
  • Discuss strategies for proactively intervening when peer abuse occurs

Course Length
1.5 hour to half day

Target Audience
The workshop is designed for youth in grades 5-8.

Facilities
Classroom seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Registration
Registration for this workshop is the responsibility of the host organization.

Certificate
A participation/completion certificate will be available.

Amped Up! The Anatomy of Energy Drinks (youth workshop)

Purpose
Energy drink companies have fostered an eclectic audience for the myriad of caffeinated beverages on the market today. Youth engaged in this workshop will explore energy drink ads and examine the techniques used by companies to make their products appealing to youth and other target audiences. Additionally, youth will explore the anatomy of the energy drink and identify the health risks of these beverages, especially when they are consumed by children and adolescents.

Objectives
Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Decode advertisements to determine the target audience, language, subtext and visual
  • Explore the contents of energy drinks and determine the effects of excessive caffeine and vitamins
  • Construct advertisements for self-designed energy drink ads incorporating the tricks of the trade

Course Length
1.5 hour to half day

Target Audience
The workshop is designed for youth in grades 5-8.

Facilities
Flexible classroom seating must be available along with a podium, microphone for large groups, screen and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Registration
Registration for this workshop is the responsibility of the host organization.

Certificate
A participation/completion certificate will be available.

Don’t Talk, Don’t Trust, Don’t Tell: Children of Alcoholics and Addicts

Purpose
17 million children under the age of 18 live with alcoholism in their homes in the United States (National Association for Children of Alcoholics). These children will have different life experiences such as disorder, confusion, inconsistency and uncertainty. This training will discuss risk factors for youth and adolescents from dysfunctional families, specifically homes where a family member suffers from the disease of addiction. Participants will explore how these children avoid stress and cope with their familial environment and learn strategies for working successfully with these youth.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Examine characteristics of dysfunctional/struggling families
  • Identify strategies for working with children in dysfunctional homes
  • Identify resources for pregnant women and families struggling with substance abuse
  • Examine approaches for communicating about substance use/abuse

Course Length
1.5 hours to half day

Target Audience
The training is designed for organizations, SAP team members, school counselors, school districts faculty and staff.

Facilities
Classroom seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to four 4.0 hours of Act 48

Secret Ritual or Visible Validation: Understanding Non-Suicidal Self-Injury

Purpose
According to a study done by National Medicaid, one in five females and one in seven males engage in self-injurious behavior. Further, 90 percent of individuals engaging in self-injury begin these behaviors during their teens or pre-adolescent years. Participants will examine the signs and symptoms of self-injury, the various forms and risk factors associated with this behavior. Participants will explore the influence of media on self-injurious behaviors and learn treatment, recovery and prevention techniques for individuals who self-harm.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Define non-suicidal self-injurious behaviors and examine methods used to self-harm
  • Discuss risk factors associated with self-injurious behavior and examine reasons behind the harming behavior
  • Use strategies to provide assistance and resources for youth who engage in self-harm

Course Length
1.5 hours to half day

Target Audience
The training is designed for organizations, school counselors, school districts faculty and staff.

Facilities
Classroom seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to four 4.0 hours of Act 48

Can’t Quit Now! Social Media, Apps, Games and the Internet

Purpose
Participants will learn about popular social media sites, apps, video games and Internet hot spots that captivate children; and explore genres of games that have the potential to become addictive and hear about free and affordable parental controls.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Discuss why youth are drawn to technology and the technology they use most
  • Examine observable behavior that may indicate compulsive use of technology
  • Understand the parental controls for various technology
  • Discuss strategies to assist youth who are using technology in excess

Course Length
1.5 hours to half day

Target Audience
The training is designed for parents, organizations, school districts faculty and staff.

Facilities
Classroom seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to four 4.0 hours of Act 48

An Educator’s Guide to Social Networking

Purpose
Do you or other educators in your building use social networking sites to keep in touch with students? Does your Acceptable Use Policy adequately cover social networking? This training will provide educators with an understanding of social networking and ways to navigate complex issues of privacy, security and ethics. This highly engaging and interactive training will utilize the social networking site Facebook as a focus for the discussion.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Understand privacy issues associated with educators’ use of social networking
  • Recognize security implications for use of social networking sites as an instructional tool
  • Examine ethical implications for “friending” students and colleagues

Course Length
3.0 hours

Target Audience
This training is designed for school administrators, student services personnel, certified and noncertified school staff, community based school partner organizations, law enforcement and juvenile probation officers. This training is not appropriate for students of any grade.

Facilities
Pod seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers, wireless Internet access and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
3.0 hours of Act 48

Sexting, Texting and Cyberbullying – Oh My!

Purpose
Cyberbullying involves the application of digital communication devices, including cell phones and Internet, to send damaging words or images intended to harass, harm, embarrass and humiliate a victim. Sexting (the combination of sex and texting) is the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photos electronically, primarily between cell phones. In the United States, 85 percent of teens and young adults (13-29) send text messages and one in five teenage girls have sent or posted a nude or seminude photo (The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, 2008). Participants will explore the social and emotional consequences of sexting and cyberbullying and learn about common social media sites which may be risky for youth and common forms of bullying using technology such as computers, gaming platforms and cell phones. Participants will understand the legal ramifications for people engaging in sexting and cyberbullying and learn strategies to educate youth about the consequences of negative cyber behavior.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Examine common forms of bullying using technology such as computers and cell phones
  • Use strategies to educate youth about the consequences of their cyber behavior

Course Length
1.5 hours to half day

Target Audience
The training is designed for organizations, parents, school districts faculty and staff. The training can be modified for youth.

Facilities
Classroom seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 4.0 hours of Act 48

Mistresses and Masters of Mean: Cyberbullying and Relational Aggression

Purpose
Cyberbullying involves the application of digital communication devices, including cell phones and Internet, to send damaging words or images intended to harass, harm, embarrass and humiliate a victim. Participants will learn cyber lingo and common forms of bullying using technology such as computers and cell phones. Relational aggression is manipulation intended to harm or control another person’s ability to maintain healthy relationships with their peers. It is a more subtle form of bullying which includes exclusion, manipulation, rumors and gossip. While relational aggression is more common among girls, boys also may engage in this form of bullying.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Understand the legal ramifications for people engaging in cyberbullying
  • Explore the ramifications of relational aggression and learn strategies for reducing this form of bullying

Course Length
1.5 hour to half day

Target Audience
The training is designed for organizations, SAP team members, school district faculty and staff.

Facilities
Classroom seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to four 4.0 hours of Act 48

Crisis Communications for Schools

Purpose
To provide schools and school districts with the essential tools to successfully manage heightened media interest during and immediately after critical events.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Define the roles and responsibilities of a school based Public Information Officer (PIO)
  • Identify the placement of the PIO within the Incident Command System
  • Describe differences between emergency communications and “day-to-day” communication
  • List types of communications most commonly used in emergencies
  • List essential elements of a crisis media “toolbox”
  • List essential components of a media response plan
  • Implement practices, procedures and job aids to improve their capacity for crisis media communications

Course Length
6.0 hours

Target Audience
This training is designed for school administrators, counselors, student assistance team members, coaches and other school staff members. Parents may be invited to this training. This training is not appropriate for students of any grade. Pre-Requisites A working knowledge of the participant’s current all-hazards plan and media policy is recommended. Additionally, the successful completion of the FEMA course, “Introduction to the Incident Command System for Schools (ICS – 100.SCa)” is helpful, but not required.

Facilities
Classroom (or lecture) seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
6.0 hours of Act 48

Evacuation Decision-Making for School Officials

Purpose
To provide school officials with a logic model to facilitate evacuation decision-making during school emergencies or threats of violence. NOTE: This training is not specific to bomb threats.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the need for the creation of a core emergency team prior to an emergency
  • List the circumstances when evacuation is mandated
  • Understand the multiple components involved in sound decision-making regarding evacuations
  • Be able to develop strategies for the effective management of school evacuations

Course Length
2.0 hours

Target Audience
This training is designed for school nurses, emergency response team members, athletic trainers, school administrators, other school staff members and approved volunteers who may respond to school medical needs. Parents may be invited to this training. This training is not appropriate for students of any grade.

Pre-Requisites
A working knowledge of the participant’s current all-hazards plan and evacuation processes is helpful, but not required.

Facilities
Classroom (or lecture) seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
2.0 hours of Act 48

Hazard and Vulnerability Assessments for Schools

Purpose
To better prepare schools for self-assessments of the hazards and vulnerabilities that affect school safety and security.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Define “situational awareness”
  • Explain reasons for developing a hazards vulnerability baseline
  • List steps for conducting a hazard vulnerability analysis
  • List types of natural and human made hazards that can affect communities and schools
  • Explain how hazards become risks
  • Describe the cascading “ripple impact” of disasters
  • Describe how demographics affect vulnerability to hazards
  • List examples of key resources, tools and job aids used to conduct vulnerability analysis
  • Conduct a hazard vulnerability self-assessment within their own school or district

Course Length
6.0 hours

Target Audience
This training is designed for school administrators, school facilities personnel, emergency team members and other school staff members. Parents may be invited to this training. Schools are encouraged to invite local fire, police, EMS and emergency management personnel to this training. This training is not appropriate for students of any grade.

Pre-Requisites
A working knowledge of the participant’s current school situation and local area is helpful, but not required.

Facilities
Classroom (or lecture) seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
6.0 hours of Act 48

ICS Boot Camp for School Officials

Purpose
To assist schools in complying with Homeland Security Presidential Directive #5 requiring the use
of the Incident Command System (ICS) in emergencies and disasters.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Explain how to obtain NIMS compliance and why it is necessary
  • Describe the application of ICS to school based incidents
  • Explain the ICS organizational principles and elements
  • Describe ICS positions and responsibilities as they relate to school incidents
  • List ICS facilities and functions as they relate to school incidents
  • Explain the difference between span of control, unity of command and chain of command
  • Participate in class activities designed to enhance personal knowledge and application of ICS principles

Course Length
7.0 hours

Target Audience
This training is designed for school administrators, school emergency response team members and other interested school staff members. Parents may be invited to this training. This training is not appropriate for students of any grade.

Pre-Requisites
A working knowledge of local school emergency procedures is helpful, but not required.

Facilities
Classroom (or lecture) seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
7.0 hours of Act 48

Introduction to School Safety Planning

Purpose
To familiarize school personnel involved in school emergency planning with the all-hazards approach to writing or updating school emergency plans.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Identify legal and societal requirements for safe schools planning
  • Identify the four phases of safe schools planning
  • Define “all-hazards planning”
  • Identify common physical hazards or vulnerabilities present in schools
  • Identify mitigation processes for many common school hazards or vulnerabilities
  • List the five levels of emergency exercises
  • Facilitate a PowerPoint™ driven tabletop exercise for their school

Course Length
6.5 hours

Target Audience
This training is designed for school staff, school crisis team members, community advisory committee members and community responders. This training is not appropriate for students of any grade.

Pre-Requisites
A working knowledge of the participant’s current school emergency plan is helpful, but not required.

Facilities
Classroom (or lecture) seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
6.5 hours of Act 48

Orientation to School Safety Planning

Purpose
To familiarize school personnel who are involved in school emergency planning with the all- hazards approach to writing or updating school emergency plans.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Identify legal and societal requirements for safe schools planning
  • Identify the four phases of safe schools planning
  • Define “all-hazards planning”
  • Identify ways to increase personal emergency preparedness
  • Identify action steps to improve school safety planning

Course Length
3.0 hours

Target Audience
This training is designed for school staff, school crisis team members, community advisory committee members and community responders. This training is not appropriate for students of any grade.

Pre-Requisites
A working knowledge of the participant’s current school emergency plan is helpful, but not required.

Facilities
Classroom (or lecture) seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
3.0 hours of Act 48

Planning for Parent-Child Reunification After a Crisis

Purpose
To improve the capacity of schools to conduct efficient parent-child reunification after a school based emergency.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Identify methods for visitor and volunteer accountability in schools
  • Identify the key areas of a parent-child reunification plan
  • List forms and other resources necessary to conduct parent-child reunification
  • List equipment and supplies beneficial to an effective parent-child reunification
  • Participate in class activities designed to prepare for parent-child reunifications in local schools or districts

Course Length
5.0 hours

Target Audience
This training is designed for school administrators, school police and security, department leaders, school response team members and community responders. Parents may be invited to the training. While this training is not intended for delivery to students, senior high school leaders or students response team volunteers may be admitted on a space available basis.

Pre-Requisites
A working knowledge of the participant’s current all-hazards plan and parent-child reunification process is helpful, but not required.

Facilities
Classroom (or lecture) seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
5.0 hours of Act 48

Practice Makes Perfect: Building Effective Safety Drills and Exercises

Purpose
To support the creation of effective school safety drill and exercise trainings for schools and local education agencies.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Identify the two broad categories of exercises
  • Appropriately match school needs with specific exercise types
  • Explain the process, or building blocks, necessary before full scale exercises should take place
  • Write expected/anticipated actions of key personnel in a school exercise
  • Identify reasons why an evaluation component is critical to a successful school emergency exercise training

Course Length
7.0 hours

Target Audience
This training is designed for school administrators, student support personnel, teachers, school nurses, safety team members, SAP team members, school resource officers, local law enforcement and other community partners. This training is not appropriate for students of any grade.

Pre-Requisites
A working knowledge of local school emergency procedures is helpful, but not required.

Facilities
Classroom (or lecture) seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
7.0 hours of Act 48

Preparing School Safety Memorandums of Understanding

Purpose
To enable school officials to compose Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) to enhance their ability to respond to school related emergencies and disasters.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Define the term “Memorandum of Understanding”
  • Identify two reasons for having MOUs
  • Explain the importance of having written MOUs in place prior to emergency situations
  • Identify the suggested components of an MOU
  • Compare an MOU to the five parts of an investigative report
  • Complete a basic MOU

Course Length
6.0 hours

Target Audience
This training is designed for school administrators, school response team members and other school staff members and community partners. While this training is not intended for delivery to students, senior high school students with an interest in emergency management or school administration may be admitted on a space available basis.

Facilities
Classroom (or lecture) seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
6.0 hours of Act 48

Safe Schools: A Closer Look

Purpose
To provide school officials with a logical framework to assess their current school safety plans. This training will also highlight the all-hazards concept of school safety planning which incorporates the four phases of prevention/mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Understand the need to have a multi-disciplined planning team
  • Evaluate current school plans against best practice information
  • Develop a strategy or action plan to improve school safety plans

Course Length
6.0 hours

Target Audience
This training is designed for school administrators, school police and security, department leaders, school response team members and community responders. A team of two to five people is recommended, but not required. This training is not appropriate for students of any grade.

Pre-Requisites
A working knowledge of the participant’s current all-hazards plan and evacuation processes is helpful, but not required.

Required Materials
Participants are expected to bring their current school safety plans.

Facilities
Classroom (or lecture) seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
6.0 hours of Act 48

School All-Hazards Planning: Complying with Chapter 10 and Other Legal Requirements

Purpose
To provide Pennsylvania school officials with information regarding the current and proposed legal requirements that pertain to school emergency (all-hazards) planning.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Understand the legal requirements for schools to have comprehensive, all-hazards school safety plans
  • List common weaknesses in school all-hazards as identified by current Pennsylvania Department of the Auditor General auditors
  • Understand the nature and scope of the updates to Chapter 10 of the Pennsylvania School Code
  • Amend existing school all-hazards plan to comply with Chapter 10 and other legal requirements

Course Length
3.5 hours

Target Audience
This training is designed for school administrators, school facility directors, business managers and other staff members responsible for all-hazards school safety planning. This training is not appropriate for students of any grade.

Required Materials
Participants are expected to bring their current school safety plans.

Facilities
Classroom (or lecture) seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
3.5 hours of Act 48

Compassion Fatigue: When the Distress of Others Becomes Contagious

Purpose
Compassion fatigue is a state of physical and emotional exhaustion often coupled with increased cynicism and feelings of professional ineffectiveness. It happens slowly over time when professionals are exposed to the traumatic stories of their clients. Education about compassion fatigue is a protective factor and early detection can prevent symptoms from reaching incapacitating levels. Participants in this workshop will explore the signs and symptoms of the onset of compassion fatigue and will learn about prevention techniques and self-care strategies.

Objectives
Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Understand the characteristics of compassion fatigue (CF), secondary traumatic stress (STS) and vicarious trauma
  • Understand how and why CF, STS and vicarious trauma develop
  • Be aware of who is most at risk for developing CF
  • Understand what happens to educator effectiveness if CF goes untreated
  • Be able to identify self-care practices and personal areas for growth

Course Length
3.0 hours, 2.0 hours or 90 minutes

Target Audience
It is designed for helping professionals and emergency responders.

Facilities
Pod seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers, wireless Internet access and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 3.0 hours Act 48

Effectively Managing Conflict in the Workplace

Purpose
Many people and organizations view conflict as something to be avoided. Yet conflict, differences and disagreements are natural results of people working together. Conflict can also be a catalyst that brings about necessary change: without it, teams can become complacent and not perform at optimum levels. This workshop explores the nature of conflict, the ways people handle it and new strategies that will help bring about stronger working relationships and better solutions and ideas.

Objectives
Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Understand the impact of conflict in the workplace
  • Identify their conflict styles and learn the benefits and limitations of each style
  • Learn strategies for managing conflict effectively in the workplace

Course Length
6.0 hours, half day, shorter workshop or series of workshops

Target Audience
This workshop is designed for all working professionals.

Facilities
Pod seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers, wireless Internet access and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Continuing Education Credit
None

Teambuilding: It’s Not All Fun and Games, It Just Feels Like It

Purpose
When people engage in constructive activities and are provided with opportunities to practice decision making, to explore their sense of purpose and develop interpersonal competence, an individual’s chances for a more functional life may increase. Participants will explore the sequential progression of interpersonal and collaborative skills developed through various teambuilding activities which are necessary to create a positive learning and working environment and develop an understanding of teambuilding initiatives via experiential activities.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Define the sequential progression of interpersonal and collaborative skills developed through various teambuilding activities which are necessary to create a positive interpersonal environment
  • Comprehend the components of successful teambuilding practices
  • Develop an understanding of teambuilding initiatives via experiential activities
  • Design professional strategies for creating a positive relational environments

Course Length
Half to full day

Target Audience
The training is designed for organizations, SAP team members, school district faculty and staff.

Facilities
Classroom seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 8.0 hours of Act 48

Diversity and Sensitivity

Purpose
During this workshop, participants will engage in teambuilding activities and discuss a variety of diversity topics including worldview, culture and stereotypes. The change process as it relates to prejudice will be examined, following a continuum from tolerance to affirmation. Participants will be given opportunities to develop self-awareness and engage and gain practice conducting courageous conversations about race relations.

Objectives
Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Discuss strategies for working with people from different cultural backgrounds
  • Learn to interpret common assumptions that may lead to unintended negative consequences by exploring worldview, examining bias, etc.
  • Identify and incorporate strategies for responding to bias statements, racial slurs, etc.

Course Length
Half to full day

Target Audience
The workshop is designed for organizations, school faculty, staff and SAP teams.

Facilities
Classroom seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Registration
Registration for this workshop is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 8.0 hours of Act 48

Enhancing Positive School Climate Through Effective Bullying Prevention

Purpose
It is widely recognized that students are best able to focus on learning and academic success when they feel safe and respected. Therefore, positive school climate is a key factor in improving academic performance. This training will focus on the use of practical bullying prevention and intervention strategies to create an atmosphere of safety and respect for all students.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Define bullying behaviors based on the U.S. Department of Education’s definition of bullying
  • Understand the importance of bullying prevention and intervention from a school safety standpoint
  • Connect bullying prevention efforts to enhancing positive school climate

Course Length
2.0 hours

Target Audience
This training is designed for school administrators, student services personnel, certified and noncertified school staff, community based school partner organizations, law enforcement and juvenile probation officers. This training is not appropriate for students of any grade.

Facilities
Classroom (or lecture) seating along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
2.0 hours of Act 48

Return to Learn

Purpose
To provide school administrators, coaches, counselors, teachers and other school staff members with a protocol to provide any student returning to the classroom following a traumatic brain injury with appropriate academic accommodations.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Identify mechanism of injury
  • Identify members of the concussion management team and their responsibilities
  • Define key components that would be found in the concussion management protocol and return to learn guideline
  • Identify academic accommodations that could be implemented upon return to the classroom

Course Length
3.0 hours

Target Audience
This training is designed for school administrators, counselors, teachers, coaches and other school staff members. Parents and students may be invited to a separate training.

Facilities
Classroom or lecture seating must be available along with a podium, microphone for large groups, screen and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host school district.

Continuing Education Credit
3.0 hours of Act 48

A Story to Share: Inspiring Children Through Shared Reading

Purpose
Social emotional learning is the process through which children and adults acquire the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need to recognize and manage their emotions, demonstrate caring and concern for others, establish positive relationships, make responsible decisions and handle challenging situations constructively. When we read to children we have a wonderful opportunity for fostering social emotional learning. Shared reading allows children to connect with the reader and feel empowered by the contributions they are making to the story, which stimulates their learning.

Participants will learn skills for engaging children in shared book reading; approaches for dialoguing with children while reading to foster oral language, vocabulary comprehension and emergent literacy skills. Techniques to create deeper social emotional learning experiences for children will also be covered, including: studying the story illustrations and asking children how characters might feel, discussing alternatives to how a character might feel, asking children how they might feel in a similar situation, asking open-ended questions which allow the child to do the thinking and questions that help children make connections between stories they are reading and real life events.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the importance of developing children’s social emotional learning skills
  • Identify techniques for engaging children in shared book reading
  • Identify approaches for encouraging children to gain deeper meaning from the stories they hear

Course Length
Half or full day

Target Audience
The training is designed for organizations, school counselors, parents, school districts faculty and staff.

Facilities
Classroom seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 8.0 hours of Act 48

Student Assistance Program (SAP) Maintenance

Purpose
SAP maintenance is designed to help SAP teams improve their performance. Each SAP maintenance is tailored to the individual team needs. Teams may complete a needs assessment in order to determine the most effective training for team members.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Engage in team building activities, strategize to increase the team’s effectiveness, set goals for the team to work on during the school year, explore ways to market their team, etc.
  • Understand current trends and address legal changes which affect student assistance and school communities

Course Length
Half or full day

Target Audience
The training is designed for SAP team members.

Facilities
Classroom seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 8.0 hours of Act 48

Cultivating Empathy for Healthy Relationships and Collaborative Classrooms

Purpose
The ability to empathize is an important part of social and emotional development, affecting an individual’s behavior toward others and the quality of social relationships. This training will challenge participants to examine their own empathy skills and will focus on practical and engaging activities and discussions that participants can have with their students to help develop empathy and perspective-taking in the classroom.

This training has been aligned with PA Core Standards, Academic Standards for Career Education and Work and Standards for Student Interpersonal Skills.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will:

  • Be able to define empathy and how it differs from sympathy
  • Understand why empathy is important for healthy relationships
  • Understand the factors that contribute to diminished empathy
  • Become aware of their own strengths and opportunities for improvement as they relate to empathy
  • Understand the components of effective programming that cultivate empathy in students

Course Length
6.0 hours, half day, shorter workshop or series of workshops

Target Audience
This training is designed for educators and helping professionals but can be modified for parents or caregivers.

Facilities
Pod seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers, wireless Internet access and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 6.0 hours of Act 48 and NASW

Enhancing Social Emotional Learning Through Parent Involvement

Purpose
Social emotional learning is the process through which children and adults acquire the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need to recognize and manage their emotions, demonstrate caring and concern for others, establish positive relationships, make responsible decisions and handle challenging situations constructively (www.CASEL.org). This training will focus on engaging parents to become more active in their children’s education and social emotional development. Parents will learn strategies to foster social emotional learning and increase youth resilience so they are prepared with skills to thrive academically and in life.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Effective strategies to help young children recognize, label and manage emotions
  • Techniques for teaching young children emotional vocabulary
  • Strategies to assist young children with perspective taking

Course Length
1.5 hours to half day

Target Audience
The training is designed for parents, organizations, school districts faculty and staff.

Facilities
Classroom seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 4.0 hours of Act 48

I Can Problem Solve Implementation Training – Raising a Thinking Child

I Can Problem Solve recognizes the importance of administrators, student support personnel and parents to program success. As a result, parent educators should plan to attend the one-day Raising a Thinking Child implementation training.

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I Can Problem Solve Implementation Training and Training of Trainers

Approved ICPS trainers can offer one- and two-day training models, with customized follow-up consultation built into training contracts.

Implementation Training
I Can Problem Solve recognizes the importance of administrators, student support personnel and parents to program success. As a result, non-implementing staff members should plan to attend the implementer training or one-day training designed specifically for administrators, counselors and psychologists.

Training of Trainers
The two-day training is designed for implementers and includes either onsite or off-site coaching.

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Managing to Manage: Helping Young Children Regulate Emotions

Purpose
Social emotional learning is the process through which children and adults acquire the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need to recognize and manage their emotions, demonstrate caring and concern for others, establish positive relationships, make responsible decisions, and handle challenging situations constructively (www.CASEL.org). During this workshop participants will learn strategies to assist young children with self-management, the ability to regulate emotions, control impulses, thoughts and behaviors successfully in different situations. They will also learn specific activities to foster self-management skills and be provided with resources to work with young children.

Objectives
Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • List effective strategies that help young children recognize, label and manage emotions
  • Identify techniques to teach young children emotional vocabulary
  • Apply strategies to assist young children with perspective taking

Course Length
1.0 to 3.0 hours

Target Audience
The workshop is designed for organizations, preschools, school districts faculty and staff.

Facilities
Flexible classroom seating must be available along with a podium, microphone for large groups, screen and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration 
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host school district or organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 3.0 hours of Act 48

Mindset, Grit and Optimism: Promoting Skills That Lead to Academic Tenacity

Purpose
This training is intended to bring about awareness of noncognitive factors that affect success and to provide very practical techniques that can easily be incorporated into any educational setting in order to help bolster academic tenacity and perseverance for long term goals.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Understand how a student’s mindset affects academic achievement
  • Learn research based strategies for nurturing a growth mindset
  • Learn the importance of grit, self-control and deliberate practice for academic success
  • Become aware of goal-setting and planning techniques that are more likely to cultivate self-control and produce goal attainment
  • Understand the concepts of pessimism and optimism and how they affect resiliency
  • Learn basic cognitive techniques that can challenge negative thoughts and produce optimism over time

Course Length
6.0 hours, half day, shorter workshop or series of workshops

Target Audience
This training is designed for educators and helping professionals but can be modified for parents and caregivers.

Facilities
Pod seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers, wireless Internet access and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 6.0 hours of Act 48 and NASW

Teach Me How to Think: Assisting Parents to Foster Their Child’s Social Emotional Learning Development

Purpose
Social emotional learning is the way in which a child experiences, expresses and manages emotions. This workshop will familiarize participants with a social emotional learning program called, I Can Problem Solve (ICPS) and the parent program, Raising a Thinking Child (RaTC) developed by Dr. Myrna Shure. The ICPS program teaches young children how to think not what to think so they are more able to make responsible decisions.

Objectives
Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Explore how the Raising a Thinking Child (RaTC) program may enhance parenting skills and foster youth social emotional development
  • Offer strategies that parents can use for dialoguing with children to teach them the skills necessary for problem solving

Course Length
1.5 to 3.0 hours

Target Audience
The workshop is designed for organizations, parents, school counselors, school districts faculty and staff.

Facilities
Classroom seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Registration
Registration for this workshop is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 3.0 hours of Act 48

Lifelines™ Prevention: A Suicide Prevention Program

Purpose
Lifelines Prevention program is a comprehensive school based approach to adolescent suicide prevention. The Lifelines prevention program consists of four components: administrative readiness consultation, training for school faculty and staff, a parent workshop and student curriculum. The Lifelines Prevention program targets the entire school community by providing suicide awareness materials for administrators, faculty and staff, parents and students. The main goal of the Lifelines Prevention programs is to assist everyone in the school community with recognizing when a student is at potential risk of suicide and helping them to understand how and where to access help.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to instruct faculty and staff on how to respond initially to potentially suicidal students and know how to obtain help rapidly for them to increase the likelihood that:

  • Members of the school community can more readily identify potentially suicidal adolescents
  • Troubled adolescents are aware of and have immediate access to helping resources and seek such help as an alternative to suicidal actions

Course Length
Half to full day

Target Audience
The training is designed for faculty and staff.

Required Materials
The Lifelines Prevention Curriculum must be purchased by the participants. Purchasing information is available at the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide website.

Facilities
Classroom seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 8.0 hours of Act 48

Lifelines™ Intervention: Helping Students At Risk for Suicide

Purpose
Lifelines Intervention is a school based three tiered intervention model to prevent suicide. The first tier involves early identification and assessment of at-risk students, the second tier includes referral to community resources for additional support services and the third tier enhances protective factors which increase resilience and provide defense against stressors.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Provide context for contemporary societal values and attitudes about suicide by reviewing suicide from a historical perspective
  • Highlight the role of personal values and experiences in the assessment and intervention process
  • Present epidemiological information about suicide risk to facilitate early identification of at-risk students
  • Review a protocol for an assessment interview
  • Outline strategies for engaging students and parents in the assessment and referral process
  • Call attention to special categories of students who may be at an elevated suicide risk

Course Length
Full day

Target Audience
The training is designed for school counselors, school psychologists, school psychiatrists and mental health liaisons.

Required Materials
The Lifelines Intervention Curriculum must be purchased by the participants. Purchasing information is available at the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide website.

Facilities
Classroom seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
8.0 hours of Act 48

Lifelines™ Postvention: Responding to Suicide and Other Traumatic Death

Purpose
Lifelines Postvention is a comprehensive program that helps school communities respond to adolescent suicide and other traumatic death. The Lifelines Postvention program focuses on school response with practical and specific guidelines, addresses the developmental needs of elementary, middle and high school students, targets identified needs of competent community members and aligns with best practices in comprehensive safe schools planning. Lifelines Postvention outlines a research based model to assist in the development of policies and procedures for structuring the school’s response and presents a toolbox of practical response options that reflects the developmental needs of students.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Describe the history and evaluation results of Lifelines Postvention
  • Review theoretical foundation of the Lifelines Postvention model
  • Clarify the roles of competent community members in postvention
  • Outline the roles and responsibilities of the crisis team
  • Identify situations that present postvention challenges
  • Use the Lifelines Postvention resources found in the manual and on the CD-ROM

Course Length
Half or full day

Target Audience
The training is designed for administrators and crisis team members.

Required Materials
The Lifelines Postvention Curriculum must be purchased by the participants. Purchasing information is available at the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide website.

Facilities
Classroom seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 8.0 hours of Act 48

Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training

Purpose
Act 71 of 2014 requires school staff to receive four hours of suicide awareness and prevention training every five years, beginning with the 2015-16 school year. This training, conducted by certified Lifelines™ trainers, meets Act 71 requirements. Lifelines™ is a comprehensive program that helps school communities prevent and respond to adolescent suicide and other traumatic death. The Suicide Awareness and Prevention training focuses on school response with practical and specific guidelines, addresses the developmental needs of elementary, middle and high school students, targets identified needs of competent community members and aligns with best practices in comprehensive safe schools planning. This training will equip participants with the knowledge required by Act 71 of 2014.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Provide suicide awareness for all staff
  • Recognize the risks associated with suicide for students
  • Provide best practices information on reporting and response
  • Review sample best practice suicide policy guidelines and best practices in age appropriate prevention for each grade level
  • Provide strategies for intervening, providing appropriate resources and referring for additional help from competent community members

Course Length
4.0 hours or two part series, each 2.0 hours

Target Audience
The training is designed for administrators, crisis team members, faculty and staff.

Facilities
Classroom seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 4.0 hours of Act 48

Drug Awareness and Concealment for Educators

Purpose
To provide school administrators, coaches, counselors, teachers and other school staff members with an insight into the methods students use to conceal drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Identify drug paraphernalia as defined by the Pennsylvania Controlled Substance Act
  • Identify three areas students use to conceal drugs or drug paraphernalia
  • Define “dusting,” “skittling” and “robo-ing” as they pertain to drug usage
  • Summarize the plateau levels sought by drug users
  • Identify drug and alcohol treatment and prevention resources in the surrounding community

Course Length
6.0 hours

Target Audience
This training is designed for school administrators, counselors, student assistance team members, coaches, school nurses and other school staff members. Parents may be invited to this training. This training is not appropriate for students of any grade.

Facilities
Pod seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers, wireless Internet access and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
6.0 hours of Act 48

An Educator’s Guide to Social Networking

Purpose
Do you or other educators in your building use social networking sites to keep in touch with students? Does your Acceptable Use Policy adequately cover social networking? This training will provide educators with an understanding of social networking and ways to navigate complex issues of privacy, security and ethics. This highly engaging and interactive training will utilize the social networking site Facebook as a focus for the discussion.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Understand privacy issues associated with educators’ use of social networking
  • Recognize security implications for use of social networking sites as an instructional tool
  • Examine ethical implications for “friending” students and colleagues

Course Length
3.0 hours

Target Audience
This training is designed for school administrators, student services personnel, certified and noncertified school staff, community based school partner organizations, law enforcement and juvenile probation officers. This training is not appropriate for students of any grade.

Facilities
Pod seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers, wireless Internet access and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
3.0 hours of Act 48

Juvenile Participation in Hate Groups and Hate Crimes

Purpose
This training will investigate the increasingly sophisticated use of technology by hate groups to lure youth into this violent, racist subculture. Hate groups are one specific type of gang and are present throughout the United States, including Pennsylvania. Specific information will be provided on the insignia, symbols, philosophies and recruitment tools of groups operating in Pennsylvania. The strategies used by these groups to target disenfranchised youth and offer them a sense of belonging, power, responsibility and family will be presented. How mainstream adults can recognize at-risk youth and offer them positive connections and role models will also be discussed. Finally, the alarming trend of juvenile participation in hate crime activities will be examined, as crime data collected by the Federal Bureau of Investigation clearly shows a disturbing image of the youthful hate crime offender. This training will analyze data at the state and national level to learn: what is a hate crime; the characteristics of hate crime victims and offenders; and what can schools do to prevent and respond to bias incidents and hate crimes.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Recognize hate groups/extremist groups as security threat groups which target disenfranchised youth
  • Identify recruitment techniques used by these groups to target at risk youth
  • Define “ethnic intimidation” according to the Pennsylvania Crimes Code
  • Identify best practice resources to prevent and respond to bias incidents and hate crimes

Course Length
3.0 hours (full training) or 60-90 minutes (overview only)

Target Audience
This training is designed for school administrators, student services personnel, certified and noncertified school staff, community based school partner organizations, law enforcement and juvenile probation officers. This training is not appropriate for students of any grade.

Facilities
Pod seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers, wireless Internet access and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to three 3.0 hours of Act 48

Protecting Pregnant Youth from Peer Abuse

Purpose
Bullying is a form of abuse, characteristic of aggressive behavior that is intentional, repeated or severe and indicates a power imbalance. When individuals are bullied they are more likely to have anxiety or depression, low self-esteem, present with avoidant behaviors, have difficulty sleeping and have higher absenteeism from school or work. Pregnant youth may experience negative attention from their peers including repetitive name calling, rumor spreading and obscene gestures. Adults who work with youth have a responsibility to ensure that youth are in a safe environment and protected from harm. Pregnant youth who are the targets of bullying may be protected under federal and state civil rights laws.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Use strategies to recognize signs and symptoms of youth who may be involved inbullying
  • Intervene when bullying is suspected and empower and reinforce bystander behavior
  • Understand laws related to protected class issues that may apply to pregnant teens
  • Practice being an effective and supportive responder to youth affected by bullying

Course Length
1.0 to 2.0 hours

Target Audience
The training is designed for organizations, school districts faculty and staff working with pregnant teens.

Facilities
Classroom seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 2.0 hours of Act 48

Safe Dates

Purpose
This training will provide an overview of concepts and pedagogical strategies involved in implementing the Safe Dates Program. Safe Dates is a research based program for preventing dating violence and promoting healthy relationships among teens. It is recognized as a model program on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Recognize characteristics of healthy peer and dating relationships
  • Discuss research on effective interventions for teen dating violence
  • Identify the elements of the Safe Dates Program
  • Implement the Safe Dates Program in a classroom or community context

Course Length
1.5 days or 1 day

Target Audience
The training is designed for teacher or community based organization personnel/implementers, supporting children in grades 8-12. Safe Dates lessons address educational standards for health education and school counseling.

Required Materials
The Safe Dates Curriculum must be purchased by the participants. Purchasing information is available at Hazelden Publishing at www.Hazelden.org.

Facilities
Classroom seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 12.0 hours of Act 48

What’s New Down the Rabbit Hole? Examining Current Drug Trends

Purpose
Participants will learn about the newest trends in substance use/abuse including club and synthetic drugs, examine drug reference in media and shown examples of paraphernalia, and explore the continuum of addiction, signs and symptoms of substance abuse, the enabling process and research based prevention strategies.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Identify signs and symptoms of commonly used drugs
  • Examine the most commonly used/abused drugs
  • Explore state and local data on substance use, risk and protective factors
  • Discuss prevention strategies and protective factors

Course Length
1.5 hours to half day

Target Audience
The training is designed for organizations, SAP teams, school counselors, parents, school districts faculty and staff.

Facilities
Classroom seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host school district or organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 4.0 hours of Act 48

Dynamic Youth Mentoring

Purpose
Participants of the this training will understand the youth mentoring role within the Student Assistance Program (SAP) process or as part of the services provided through the school districts counseling department. Participants will comprehend laws relevant to educators and mentors, identify strength based approaches for working with students to foster resiliency and recognize characteristics of dysfunctional/struggling families.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Discuss strategies to enhance youth protective factors
  • Examine effective youth mentoring techniques within a school or agency setting with an understanding of confidentiality and mandated reporting requirements
  • Engage in varied learning methods including role-play, didactic and applied learning techniques

Course Length
Half to full day

Target Audience
The training is designed for SAP team members, faculty and staff.

Facilities
Flexible classroom seating must be available along with a podium, microphone for large groups, screen and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host school district or organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 8.0 hours of Act 48

Youth Leadership Institute

Purpose
During this institute, participants explore leadership traits, examine the seven types of power and learn the difference between power, influence and authority. They will examine the Dangerous Systematic Process beginning with negative assumptions and potentially leading to prejudice. Participants will identify communication and conflict styles and explore strategies for peaceful conflict resolution and engage in teambuilding activities to reflect the team approach to leadership development.

Objectives
Upon completion of this institute participants will be able to:

  • Recognize negative assumptions to illustrate the importance of confronting negative assumptions before they can lead to negative forms of stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination, racism/homophobia, scapegoating and genocide
  • Examine leadership qualities and explore variations of power, influence and authority
  • Participate in hands-on activities to facilitate critical thinking, leadership and proactive communication strategies

Course Length
Half to full day

Target Audience
The institute is designed for youth in grades 6-12.

Facilities
Classroom seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this institute.

Registration
Registration for this institute is the responsibility of the host organization.

Certificate
A certificate of participation/completion will be available.

Current Trainings

Bullying Prevention

Beyond Bullying: Civil and Criminal Law Implications

Purpose
Is sexting a crime? Is it illegal to post lies and rumors? Can schools discipline students for off-campus activities? Can bullying be criminal activity? Can bullying be a hate crime? This training will identify the pitfalls that await students who engage in bullying exchanges that cross the line into illegal activity, as well as helping school administrators and staffs understand potential areas of liability with regard to these incidents.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Understand how bullying behavior impacts today’s students and their school environment
  • Provide examples of bullying behaviors that cross the line into criminal activity
  • Explore the issues of “protected class” and “deliberate indifference” as it relates to bullying

Course Length
2.0 hours

Target Audience
This training is designed for school administrators, student services personnel, certified and noncertified school staff, community based school partner organizations, law enforcement and juvenile probation officers. This training is not appropriate for students of any grade.

Facilities
Classroom (or lecture) seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
2.0 hours of Act 48

Bullying Prevention 101

Purpose
This training will provide an introductory level overview of bullying behaviors, including cyberbullying, examine the roles individuals play in bullying situations and provide insight into the possible academic and health effects on all who participate in or observe bullying situations. Participants will be introduced to bullying prevention best practices designed to improve overall school climate.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Understand how bullying behavior impacts today’s students and their school environment
  • Recognize possible academic and health effects for students involved in bullying
  • Identify the elements of an effective bullying prevention training

Course Length
3.0 hours (full training) or 60-90 minutes (overview only) Target Audience This training is designed for school administrators, student services personnel, certified and noncertified school staff, community based school partner organizations, law enforcement and juvenile probation officers. This training is not appropriate for students of any grade.

Facilities
Classroom (or lecture) seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 3.0 hours of Act 48

Bullying Prevention 201

Purpose
This training will provide in-depth examination of bullying prevention best practices designed to improve overall school climate with a focus on the vital role adults play in preventing and responding to school based acts of bullying – an overview of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Training will be provided as one example of a research based bullying prevention training designed to reduce bullying behaviors and improve school climate. The training will also focus on practical tools and strategies to engage parents and community partners in bullying prevention efforts.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Understand how effective bullying prevention training results in improved school climate
  • Recognize the elements of an effective bullying prevention training
  • Identify tools and strategies to engage parents and community partners in bullying prevention efforts

Course Length
3.0 hours (full training) or 60-90 minutes (overview only)

Target Audience
This training is designed for school administrators, student services personnel, certified and noncertified school staff, community based school partner organizations, law enforcement and juvenile probation officers. This training is not appropriate for students of any grade.

Facilities
Classroom (or lecture) seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 3.0 hours of Act 48

Bullying Prevention for Parents: What Can You Do to Help?

Purpose
This training will focus on what parents and caregivers can do to help children understand the impact of bullying on bystanders, children who bully and children who are bullied. The training will examine the roles individuals play in bullying situations and provide insight into the possible academic and health effects on all who participate in or observe bullying situations. Specific information will be provided to give parents and caregivers tips to help children and youth understand their role in countering bullying.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Understand how bullying behavior impacts today’s students and their school environment
  • Recognize possible academic and health effects for students involved in bullying
  • Identify effective tips to help children and youth respond to bullying

Course Length
3.0 hours (full training) or 60-90 minutes (overview only)

Target Audience
This training is designed for school administrators, student services personnel, certified and noncertified school staff, community based school partner organizations, law enforcement, juvenile probation officers, parents and caregivers. This training is not appropriate for students of any grade.

Facilities
Classroom (or lecture) seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 3.0 hours of Act 48

Mean on Purpose? Preventing Aggression and Bullying in Early Childhood

Purpose
The majority of research on bullying focuses on its prevalence, causes and appropriate prevention and intervention responses for school-aged children. However, recent studies examine bullying behaviors that are exhibited by preschool-aged children. Young children who are victimized by their peers report being fearful of other children, are vulnerable to future episodes of victimization and are anxious about going to school. (Alsaker, F., Valkanover, S. The Bernese program against victimization in kindergarten and elementary school). Preschool children, like older children, are capable of direct and indirect bullying behaviors (Vlachou, M., Andreou, E., Botsoglou, K. Bully/victim problems among preschool children: A review of current research evidence). Participants of this workshop will learn bullying prevention strategies for early childhood and examine approaches to enhance social emotional learning.

Objectives
Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Define aggressive behaviors in pre-school and young children that may be a form of bullying
  • List strategies for how adults should address aggression and bullying behavior in young children
  • List support strategies for bullying prevention in young children
  • Identify evidenced-based programs to enhance pro-social skills including empathy in young children

Course Length
1.5 to 3.0 hours

Target Audience
The workshop is designed for organizations, school districts faculty and staff.

Facilities
Flexible classroom seating must be available along with a podium, microphone for large groups,
screen and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host school district or organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 3.0 hours of Act 48

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) Training

Purpose
OBPP is a comprehensive approach to bullying prevention that is focused on long term change that creates a safe and positive school climate. It is designed and evaluated for use in K-12. The program’s goals are to reduce and prevent bullying problems among school aged children, and to improve peer relations and school climate (adapted from Clemson University website).

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Understand what bullying is, the impacts of bullying and strategies for support of students involved; the child bullied, the child that bullies and bystanders
  • Understand the strategies and methods to effectively support the implementation and sustainability of the Olweus program
  • Learn effective methods in recognizing, intervening and preventing bullying
  • Begin the implementation of OBPP to include staff training, policy and practice reviews and re-structuring, and informed decision making based on student data gathered through Olweus student surveys
  • Kick-off the program with the student population
  • Develop relationships with community based representatives and parents to extend bullying prevention education and efforts beyond the school

Course Length
2-day training 18-40 hours technical assistance support each month for a minimum of 18 months following the training

Target Audience
This training is designed for school administrators, student services personnel, certified and noncertified school staff, community based school partner organizations, law enforcement and juvenile probation officers. This training is not appropriate for students of any grade.

Facilities
Classroom seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
None

Turning Bullying Prevention Research into Action

Purpose
As educators, we have heard a great deal about the importance of bullying prevention and intervention during the school day and the out-of-school time (OST) setting. We know the detrimental effects that bullying can have on all those involved and yet, we are often left wondering how to put this research into practice. How do you empower bystanders who witness bullying? How do you cultivate empathy in bullies? And how do you support parents so that they can help keep their children safe? In this training, we will move beyond general guidelines and bullying statistics and provide actual tips, techniques and lesson plans that can be used in your school and/or OST program to cultivate a safe environment where students can learn, develop strong relationships and have fun.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Use strategies to empower bystanders who witness bullying
  • Employ techniques to cultivate empathy in youth who engage in bullying behavior
  • Support parents
  • Put techniques and lesson plans into action in school and/or OST programs

Course Length
1.5 to 3.0 hours

Target Audience
The training is designed for OST program staff, and school districts faculty and staff.

Facilities
Classroom seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 3.0 hours of Act 48

What Will You Do? Empowering Bystanders (youth workshop)

Purpose
When bullying happens the majority of youth are on the sidelines, not taking an active role in the bullying behavior but not actively stopping it either. Bystanders often feel unsafe, powerless to change things and remorseful if they do nothing to stop bullying behavior. Youth who participate in this workshop will learn strategies for reacting in positive and proactive ways when bullying is witnessed directly or indirectly. Bullying prevention initiatives are most successful when there is a focus on empowering bystanders to safely intervene and promote a safe and respectful environment.

Objectives
Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Explore the cycle of bullying and define bullying behavior
  • Examine social norms for pro social bystander behavior in bullying scenarios
  • Discuss strategies for proactively intervening when peer abuse occurs

Course Length
1.5 hour to half day

Target Audience
The workshop is designed for youth in grades 5-8.

Facilities
Classroom seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Registration
Registration for this workshop is the responsibility of the host organization.

Certificate
A participation/completion certificate will be available.

Concerning Student Behaviors

Amped Up! The Anatomy of Energy Drinks (youth workshop)

Purpose
Energy drink companies have fostered an eclectic audience for the myriad of caffeinated beverages on the market today. Youth engaged in this workshop will explore energy drink ads and examine the techniques used by companies to make their products appealing to youth and other target audiences. Additionally, youth will explore the anatomy of the energy drink and identify the health risks of these beverages, especially when they are consumed by children and adolescents.

Objectives
Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Decode advertisements to determine the target audience, language, subtext and visual
  • Explore the contents of energy drinks and determine the effects of excessive caffeine and vitamins
  • Construct advertisements for self-designed energy drink ads incorporating the tricks of the trade

Course Length
1.5 hour to half day

Target Audience
The workshop is designed for youth in grades 5-8.

Facilities
Flexible classroom seating must be available along with a podium, microphone for large groups, screen and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Registration
Registration for this workshop is the responsibility of the host organization.

Certificate
A participation/completion certificate will be available.

Don’t Talk, Don’t Trust, Don’t Tell: Children of Alcoholics and Addicts

Purpose
17 million children under the age of 18 live with alcoholism in their homes in the United States (National Association for Children of Alcoholics). These children will have different life experiences such as disorder, confusion, inconsistency and uncertainty. This training will discuss risk factors for youth and adolescents from dysfunctional families, specifically homes where a family member suffers from the disease of addiction. Participants will explore how these children avoid stress and cope with their familial environment and learn strategies for working successfully with these youth.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Examine characteristics of dysfunctional/struggling families
  • Identify strategies for working with children in dysfunctional homes
  • Identify resources for pregnant women and families struggling with substance abuse
  • Examine approaches for communicating about substance use/abuse

Course Length
1.5 hours to half day

Target Audience
The training is designed for organizations, SAP team members, school counselors, school districts faculty and staff.

Facilities
Classroom seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to four 4.0 hours of Act 48

Secret Ritual or Visible Validation: Understanding Non-Suicidal Self-Injury

Purpose
According to a study done by National Medicaid, one in five females and one in seven males engage in self-injurious behavior. Further, 90 percent of individuals engaging in self-injury begin these behaviors during their teens or pre-adolescent years. Participants will examine the signs and symptoms of self-injury, the various forms and risk factors associated with this behavior. Participants will explore the influence of media on self-injurious behaviors and learn treatment, recovery and prevention techniques for individuals who self-harm.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Define non-suicidal self-injurious behaviors and examine methods used to self-harm
  • Discuss risk factors associated with self-injurious behavior and examine reasons behind the harming behavior
  • Use strategies to provide assistance and resources for youth who engage in self-harm

Course Length
1.5 hours to half day

Target Audience
The training is designed for organizations, school counselors, school districts faculty and staff.

Facilities
Classroom seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to four 4.0 hours of Act 48

Digital Safety

Can’t Quit Now! Social Media, Apps, Games and the Internet

Purpose
Participants will learn about popular social media sites, apps, video games and Internet hot spots that captivate children; and explore genres of games that have the potential to become addictive and hear about free and affordable parental controls.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Discuss why youth are drawn to technology and the technology they use most
  • Examine observable behavior that may indicate compulsive use of technology
  • Understand the parental controls for various technology
  • Discuss strategies to assist youth who are using technology in excess

Course Length
1.5 hours to half day

Target Audience
The training is designed for parents, organizations, school districts faculty and staff.

Facilities
Classroom seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to four 4.0 hours of Act 48

An Educator’s Guide to Social Networking

Purpose
Do you or other educators in your building use social networking sites to keep in touch with students? Does your Acceptable Use Policy adequately cover social networking? This training will provide educators with an understanding of social networking and ways to navigate complex issues of privacy, security and ethics. This highly engaging and interactive training will utilize the social networking site Facebook as a focus for the discussion.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Understand privacy issues associated with educators’ use of social networking
  • Recognize security implications for use of social networking sites as an instructional tool
  • Examine ethical implications for “friending” students and colleagues

Course Length
3.0 hours

Target Audience
This training is designed for school administrators, student services personnel, certified and noncertified school staff, community based school partner organizations, law enforcement and juvenile probation officers. This training is not appropriate for students of any grade.

Facilities
Pod seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers, wireless Internet access and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
3.0 hours of Act 48

Sexting, Texting and Cyberbullying – Oh My!

Purpose
Cyberbullying involves the application of digital communication devices, including cell phones and Internet, to send damaging words or images intended to harass, harm, embarrass and humiliate a victim. Sexting (the combination of sex and texting) is the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photos electronically, primarily between cell phones. In the United States, 85 percent of teens and young adults (13-29) send text messages and one in five teenage girls have sent or posted a nude or seminude photo (The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, 2008). Participants will explore the social and emotional consequences of sexting and cyberbullying and learn about common social media sites which may be risky for youth and common forms of bullying using technology such as computers, gaming platforms and cell phones. Participants will understand the legal ramifications for people engaging in sexting and cyberbullying and learn strategies to educate youth about the consequences of negative cyber behavior.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Examine common forms of bullying using technology such as computers and cell phones
  • Use strategies to educate youth about the consequences of their cyber behavior

Course Length
1.5 hours to half day

Target Audience
The training is designed for organizations, parents, school districts faculty and staff. The training can be modified for youth.

Facilities
Classroom seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 4.0 hours of Act 48

Mistresses and Masters of Mean: Cyberbullying and Relational Aggression

Purpose
Cyberbullying involves the application of digital communication devices, including cell phones and Internet, to send damaging words or images intended to harass, harm, embarrass and humiliate a victim. Participants will learn cyber lingo and common forms of bullying using technology such as computers and cell phones. Relational aggression is manipulation intended to harm or control another person’s ability to maintain healthy relationships with their peers. It is a more subtle form of bullying which includes exclusion, manipulation, rumors and gossip. While relational aggression is more common among girls, boys also may engage in this form of bullying.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Understand the legal ramifications for people engaging in cyberbullying
  • Explore the ramifications of relational aggression and learn strategies for reducing this form of bullying

Course Length
1.5 hour to half day

Target Audience
The training is designed for organizations, SAP team members, school district faculty and staff.

Facilities
Classroom seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to four 4.0 hours of Act 48

Emergency Response and Crisis Management

Crisis Communications for Schools

Purpose
To provide schools and school districts with the essential tools to successfully manage heightened media interest during and immediately after critical events.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Define the roles and responsibilities of a school based Public Information Officer (PIO)
  • Identify the placement of the PIO within the Incident Command System
  • Describe differences between emergency communications and “day-to-day” communication
  • List types of communications most commonly used in emergencies
  • List essential elements of a crisis media “toolbox”
  • List essential components of a media response plan
  • Implement practices, procedures and job aids to improve their capacity for crisis media communications

Course Length
6.0 hours

Target Audience
This training is designed for school administrators, counselors, student assistance team members, coaches and other school staff members. Parents may be invited to this training. This training is not appropriate for students of any grade. Pre-Requisites A working knowledge of the participant’s current all-hazards plan and media policy is recommended. Additionally, the successful completion of the FEMA course, “Introduction to the Incident Command System for Schools (ICS – 100.SCa)” is helpful, but not required.

Facilities
Classroom (or lecture) seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
6.0 hours of Act 48

Evacuation Decision-Making for School Officials

Purpose
To provide school officials with a logic model to facilitate evacuation decision-making during school emergencies or threats of violence. NOTE: This training is not specific to bomb threats.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the need for the creation of a core emergency team prior to an emergency
  • List the circumstances when evacuation is mandated
  • Understand the multiple components involved in sound decision-making regarding evacuations
  • Be able to develop strategies for the effective management of school evacuations

Course Length
2.0 hours

Target Audience
This training is designed for school nurses, emergency response team members, athletic trainers, school administrators, other school staff members and approved volunteers who may respond to school medical needs. Parents may be invited to this training. This training is not appropriate for students of any grade.

Pre-Requisites
A working knowledge of the participant’s current all-hazards plan and evacuation processes is helpful, but not required.

Facilities
Classroom (or lecture) seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
2.0 hours of Act 48

Hazard and Vulnerability Assessments for Schools

Purpose
To better prepare schools for self-assessments of the hazards and vulnerabilities that affect school safety and security.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Define “situational awareness”
  • Explain reasons for developing a hazards vulnerability baseline
  • List steps for conducting a hazard vulnerability analysis
  • List types of natural and human made hazards that can affect communities and schools
  • Explain how hazards become risks
  • Describe the cascading “ripple impact” of disasters
  • Describe how demographics affect vulnerability to hazards
  • List examples of key resources, tools and job aids used to conduct vulnerability analysis
  • Conduct a hazard vulnerability self-assessment within their own school or district

Course Length
6.0 hours

Target Audience
This training is designed for school administrators, school facilities personnel, emergency team members and other school staff members. Parents may be invited to this training. Schools are encouraged to invite local fire, police, EMS and emergency management personnel to this training. This training is not appropriate for students of any grade.

Pre-Requisites
A working knowledge of the participant’s current school situation and local area is helpful, but not required.

Facilities
Classroom (or lecture) seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
6.0 hours of Act 48

ICS Boot Camp for School Officials

Purpose
To assist schools in complying with Homeland Security Presidential Directive #5 requiring the use
of the Incident Command System (ICS) in emergencies and disasters.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Explain how to obtain NIMS compliance and why it is necessary
  • Describe the application of ICS to school based incidents
  • Explain the ICS organizational principles and elements
  • Describe ICS positions and responsibilities as they relate to school incidents
  • List ICS facilities and functions as they relate to school incidents
  • Explain the difference between span of control, unity of command and chain of command
  • Participate in class activities designed to enhance personal knowledge and application of ICS principles

Course Length
7.0 hours

Target Audience
This training is designed for school administrators, school emergency response team members and other interested school staff members. Parents may be invited to this training. This training is not appropriate for students of any grade.

Pre-Requisites
A working knowledge of local school emergency procedures is helpful, but not required.

Facilities
Classroom (or lecture) seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
7.0 hours of Act 48

Introduction to School Safety Planning

Purpose
To familiarize school personnel involved in school emergency planning with the all-hazards approach to writing or updating school emergency plans.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Identify legal and societal requirements for safe schools planning
  • Identify the four phases of safe schools planning
  • Define “all-hazards planning”
  • Identify common physical hazards or vulnerabilities present in schools
  • Identify mitigation processes for many common school hazards or vulnerabilities
  • List the five levels of emergency exercises
  • Facilitate a PowerPoint™ driven tabletop exercise for their school

Course Length
6.5 hours

Target Audience
This training is designed for school staff, school crisis team members, community advisory committee members and community responders. This training is not appropriate for students of any grade.

Pre-Requisites
A working knowledge of the participant’s current school emergency plan is helpful, but not required.

Facilities
Classroom (or lecture) seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
6.5 hours of Act 48

Orientation to School Safety Planning

Purpose
To familiarize school personnel who are involved in school emergency planning with the all- hazards approach to writing or updating school emergency plans.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Identify legal and societal requirements for safe schools planning
  • Identify the four phases of safe schools planning
  • Define “all-hazards planning”
  • Identify ways to increase personal emergency preparedness
  • Identify action steps to improve school safety planning

Course Length
3.0 hours

Target Audience
This training is designed for school staff, school crisis team members, community advisory committee members and community responders. This training is not appropriate for students of any grade.

Pre-Requisites
A working knowledge of the participant’s current school emergency plan is helpful, but not required.

Facilities
Classroom (or lecture) seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
3.0 hours of Act 48

Planning for Parent-Child Reunification After a Crisis

Purpose
To improve the capacity of schools to conduct efficient parent-child reunification after a school based emergency.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Identify methods for visitor and volunteer accountability in schools
  • Identify the key areas of a parent-child reunification plan
  • List forms and other resources necessary to conduct parent-child reunification
  • List equipment and supplies beneficial to an effective parent-child reunification
  • Participate in class activities designed to prepare for parent-child reunifications in local schools or districts

Course Length
5.0 hours

Target Audience
This training is designed for school administrators, school police and security, department leaders, school response team members and community responders. Parents may be invited to the training. While this training is not intended for delivery to students, senior high school leaders or students response team volunteers may be admitted on a space available basis.

Pre-Requisites
A working knowledge of the participant’s current all-hazards plan and parent-child reunification process is helpful, but not required.

Facilities
Classroom (or lecture) seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
5.0 hours of Act 48

Practice Makes Perfect: Building Effective Safety Drills and Exercises

Purpose
To support the creation of effective school safety drill and exercise trainings for schools and local education agencies.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Identify the two broad categories of exercises
  • Appropriately match school needs with specific exercise types
  • Explain the process, or building blocks, necessary before full scale exercises should take place
  • Write expected/anticipated actions of key personnel in a school exercise
  • Identify reasons why an evaluation component is critical to a successful school emergency exercise training

Course Length
7.0 hours

Target Audience
This training is designed for school administrators, student support personnel, teachers, school nurses, safety team members, SAP team members, school resource officers, local law enforcement and other community partners. This training is not appropriate for students of any grade.

Pre-Requisites
A working knowledge of local school emergency procedures is helpful, but not required.

Facilities
Classroom (or lecture) seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
7.0 hours of Act 48

Preparing School Safety Memorandums of Understanding

Purpose
To enable school officials to compose Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) to enhance their ability to respond to school related emergencies and disasters.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Define the term “Memorandum of Understanding”
  • Identify two reasons for having MOUs
  • Explain the importance of having written MOUs in place prior to emergency situations
  • Identify the suggested components of an MOU
  • Compare an MOU to the five parts of an investigative report
  • Complete a basic MOU

Course Length
6.0 hours

Target Audience
This training is designed for school administrators, school response team members and other school staff members and community partners. While this training is not intended for delivery to students, senior high school students with an interest in emergency management or school administration may be admitted on a space available basis.

Facilities
Classroom (or lecture) seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
6.0 hours of Act 48

Safe Schools: A Closer Look

Purpose
To provide school officials with a logical framework to assess their current school safety plans. This training will also highlight the all-hazards concept of school safety planning which incorporates the four phases of prevention/mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Understand the need to have a multi-disciplined planning team
  • Evaluate current school plans against best practice information
  • Develop a strategy or action plan to improve school safety plans

Course Length
6.0 hours

Target Audience
This training is designed for school administrators, school police and security, department leaders, school response team members and community responders. A team of two to five people is recommended, but not required. This training is not appropriate for students of any grade.

Pre-Requisites
A working knowledge of the participant’s current all-hazards plan and evacuation processes is helpful, but not required.

Required Materials
Participants are expected to bring their current school safety plans.

Facilities
Classroom (or lecture) seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
6.0 hours of Act 48

School All-Hazards Planning: Complying with Chapter 10 and Other Legal Requirements

Purpose
To provide Pennsylvania school officials with information regarding the current and proposed legal requirements that pertain to school emergency (all-hazards) planning.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Understand the legal requirements for schools to have comprehensive, all-hazards school safety plans
  • List common weaknesses in school all-hazards as identified by current Pennsylvania Department of the Auditor General auditors
  • Understand the nature and scope of the updates to Chapter 10 of the Pennsylvania School Code
  • Amend existing school all-hazards plan to comply with Chapter 10 and other legal requirements

Course Length
3.5 hours

Target Audience
This training is designed for school administrators, school facility directors, business managers and other staff members responsible for all-hazards school safety planning. This training is not appropriate for students of any grade.

Required Materials
Participants are expected to bring their current school safety plans.

Facilities
Classroom (or lecture) seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
3.5 hours of Act 48

Managing Workplace Stress and Conflict

Compassion Fatigue: When the Distress of Others Becomes Contagious

Purpose
Compassion fatigue is a state of physical and emotional exhaustion often coupled with increased cynicism and feelings of professional ineffectiveness. It happens slowly over time when professionals are exposed to the traumatic stories of their clients. Education about compassion fatigue is a protective factor and early detection can prevent symptoms from reaching incapacitating levels. Participants in this workshop will explore the signs and symptoms of the onset of compassion fatigue and will learn about prevention techniques and self-care strategies.

Objectives
Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Understand the characteristics of compassion fatigue (CF), secondary traumatic stress (STS) and vicarious trauma
  • Understand how and why CF, STS and vicarious trauma develop
  • Be aware of who is most at risk for developing CF
  • Understand what happens to educator effectiveness if CF goes untreated
  • Be able to identify self-care practices and personal areas for growth

Course Length
3.0 hours, 2.0 hours or 90 minutes

Target Audience
It is designed for helping professionals and emergency responders.

Facilities
Pod seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers, wireless Internet access and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 3.0 hours Act 48

Effectively Managing Conflict in the Workplace

Purpose
Many people and organizations view conflict as something to be avoided. Yet conflict, differences and disagreements are natural results of people working together. Conflict can also be a catalyst that brings about necessary change: without it, teams can become complacent and not perform at optimum levels. This workshop explores the nature of conflict, the ways people handle it and new strategies that will help bring about stronger working relationships and better solutions and ideas.

Objectives
Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Understand the impact of conflict in the workplace
  • Identify their conflict styles and learn the benefits and limitations of each style
  • Learn strategies for managing conflict effectively in the workplace

Course Length
6.0 hours, half day, shorter workshop or series of workshops

Target Audience
This workshop is designed for all working professionals.

Facilities
Pod seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers, wireless Internet access and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Continuing Education Credit
None

Teambuilding: It’s Not All Fun and Games, It Just Feels Like It

Purpose
When people engage in constructive activities and are provided with opportunities to practice decision making, to explore their sense of purpose and develop interpersonal competence, an individual’s chances for a more functional life may increase. Participants will explore the sequential progression of interpersonal and collaborative skills developed through various teambuilding activities which are necessary to create a positive learning and working environment and develop an understanding of teambuilding initiatives via experiential activities.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Define the sequential progression of interpersonal and collaborative skills developed through various teambuilding activities which are necessary to create a positive interpersonal environment
  • Comprehend the components of successful teambuilding practices
  • Develop an understanding of teambuilding initiatives via experiential activities
  • Design professional strategies for creating a positive relational environments

Course Length
Half to full day

Target Audience
The training is designed for organizations, SAP team members, school district faculty and staff.

Facilities
Classroom seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 8.0 hours of Act 48

Positive School Climate

Diversity and Sensitivity

Purpose
During this workshop, participants will engage in teambuilding activities and discuss a variety of diversity topics including worldview, culture and stereotypes. The change process as it relates to prejudice will be examined, following a continuum from tolerance to affirmation. Participants will be given opportunities to develop self-awareness and engage and gain practice conducting courageous conversations about race relations.

Objectives
Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Discuss strategies for working with people from different cultural backgrounds
  • Learn to interpret common assumptions that may lead to unintended negative consequences by exploring worldview, examining bias, etc.
  • Identify and incorporate strategies for responding to bias statements, racial slurs, etc.

Course Length
Half to full day

Target Audience
The workshop is designed for organizations, school faculty, staff and SAP teams.

Facilities
Classroom seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Registration
Registration for this workshop is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 8.0 hours of Act 48

Enhancing Positive School Climate Through Effective Bullying Prevention

Purpose
It is widely recognized that students are best able to focus on learning and academic success when they feel safe and respected. Therefore, positive school climate is a key factor in improving academic performance. This training will focus on the use of practical bullying prevention and intervention strategies to create an atmosphere of safety and respect for all students.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Define bullying behaviors based on the U.S. Department of Education’s definition of bullying
  • Understand the importance of bullying prevention and intervention from a school safety standpoint
  • Connect bullying prevention efforts to enhancing positive school climate

Course Length
2.0 hours

Target Audience
This training is designed for school administrators, student services personnel, certified and noncertified school staff, community based school partner organizations, law enforcement and juvenile probation officers. This training is not appropriate for students of any grade.

Facilities
Classroom (or lecture) seating along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
2.0 hours of Act 48

Return to Learn

Purpose
To provide school administrators, coaches, counselors, teachers and other school staff members with a protocol to provide any student returning to the classroom following a traumatic brain injury with appropriate academic accommodations.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Identify mechanism of injury
  • Identify members of the concussion management team and their responsibilities
  • Define key components that would be found in the concussion management protocol and return to learn guideline
  • Identify academic accommodations that could be implemented upon return to the classroom

Course Length
3.0 hours

Target Audience
This training is designed for school administrators, counselors, teachers, coaches and other school staff members. Parents and students may be invited to a separate training.

Facilities
Classroom or lecture seating must be available along with a podium, microphone for large groups, screen and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host school district.

Continuing Education Credit
3.0 hours of Act 48

A Story to Share: Inspiring Children Through Shared Reading

Purpose
Social emotional learning is the process through which children and adults acquire the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need to recognize and manage their emotions, demonstrate caring and concern for others, establish positive relationships, make responsible decisions and handle challenging situations constructively. When we read to children we have a wonderful opportunity for fostering social emotional learning. Shared reading allows children to connect with the reader and feel empowered by the contributions they are making to the story, which stimulates their learning.

Participants will learn skills for engaging children in shared book reading; approaches for dialoguing with children while reading to foster oral language, vocabulary comprehension and emergent literacy skills. Techniques to create deeper social emotional learning experiences for children will also be covered, including: studying the story illustrations and asking children how characters might feel, discussing alternatives to how a character might feel, asking children how they might feel in a similar situation, asking open-ended questions which allow the child to do the thinking and questions that help children make connections between stories they are reading and real life events.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the importance of developing children’s social emotional learning skills
  • Identify techniques for engaging children in shared book reading
  • Identify approaches for encouraging children to gain deeper meaning from the stories they hear

Course Length
Half or full day

Target Audience
The training is designed for organizations, school counselors, parents, school districts faculty and staff.

Facilities
Classroom seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 8.0 hours of Act 48

Student Assistance Program (SAP) Maintenance

Purpose
SAP maintenance is designed to help SAP teams improve their performance. Each SAP maintenance is tailored to the individual team needs. Teams may complete a needs assessment in order to determine the most effective training for team members.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Engage in team building activities, strategize to increase the team’s effectiveness, set goals for the team to work on during the school year, explore ways to market their team, etc.
  • Understand current trends and address legal changes which affect student assistance and school communities

Course Length
Half or full day

Target Audience
The training is designed for SAP team members.

Facilities
Classroom seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 8.0 hours of Act 48

Social Emotional Learning

Cultivating Empathy for Healthy Relationships and Collaborative Classrooms

Purpose
The ability to empathize is an important part of social and emotional development, affecting an individual’s behavior toward others and the quality of social relationships. This training will challenge participants to examine their own empathy skills and will focus on practical and engaging activities and discussions that participants can have with their students to help develop empathy and perspective-taking in the classroom.

This training has been aligned with PA Core Standards, Academic Standards for Career Education and Work and Standards for Student Interpersonal Skills.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will:

  • Be able to define empathy and how it differs from sympathy
  • Understand why empathy is important for healthy relationships
  • Understand the factors that contribute to diminished empathy
  • Become aware of their own strengths and opportunities for improvement as they relate to empathy
  • Understand the components of effective programming that cultivate empathy in students

Course Length
6.0 hours, half day, shorter workshop or series of workshops

Target Audience
This training is designed for educators and helping professionals but can be modified for parents or caregivers.

Facilities
Pod seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers, wireless Internet access and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 6.0 hours of Act 48 and NASW

Enhancing Social Emotional Learning Through Parent Involvement

Purpose
Social emotional learning is the process through which children and adults acquire the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need to recognize and manage their emotions, demonstrate caring and concern for others, establish positive relationships, make responsible decisions and handle challenging situations constructively (www.CASEL.org). This training will focus on engaging parents to become more active in their children’s education and social emotional development. Parents will learn strategies to foster social emotional learning and increase youth resilience so they are prepared with skills to thrive academically and in life.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Effective strategies to help young children recognize, label and manage emotions
  • Techniques for teaching young children emotional vocabulary
  • Strategies to assist young children with perspective taking

Course Length
1.5 hours to half day

Target Audience
The training is designed for parents, organizations, school districts faculty and staff.

Facilities
Classroom seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 4.0 hours of Act 48

I Can Problem Solve Implementation Training – Raising a Thinking Child

I Can Problem Solve recognizes the importance of administrators, student support personnel and parents to program success. As a result, parent educators should plan to attend the one-day Raising a Thinking Child implementation training.

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I Can Problem Solve Implementation Training and Training of Trainers

Approved ICPS trainers can offer one- and two-day training models, with customized follow-up consultation built into training contracts.

Implementation Training
I Can Problem Solve recognizes the importance of administrators, student support personnel and parents to program success. As a result, non-implementing staff members should plan to attend the implementer training or one-day training designed specifically for administrators, counselors and psychologists.

Training of Trainers
The two-day training is designed for implementers and includes either onsite or off-site coaching.

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Managing to Manage: Helping Young Children Regulate Emotions

Purpose
Social emotional learning is the process through which children and adults acquire the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need to recognize and manage their emotions, demonstrate caring and concern for others, establish positive relationships, make responsible decisions, and handle challenging situations constructively (www.CASEL.org). During this workshop participants will learn strategies to assist young children with self-management, the ability to regulate emotions, control impulses, thoughts and behaviors successfully in different situations. They will also learn specific activities to foster self-management skills and be provided with resources to work with young children.

Objectives
Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • List effective strategies that help young children recognize, label and manage emotions
  • Identify techniques to teach young children emotional vocabulary
  • Apply strategies to assist young children with perspective taking

Course Length
1.0 to 3.0 hours

Target Audience
The workshop is designed for organizations, preschools, school districts faculty and staff.

Facilities
Flexible classroom seating must be available along with a podium, microphone for large groups, screen and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration 
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host school district or organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 3.0 hours of Act 48

Mindset, Grit and Optimism: Promoting Skills That Lead to Academic Tenacity

Purpose
This training is intended to bring about awareness of noncognitive factors that affect success and to provide very practical techniques that can easily be incorporated into any educational setting in order to help bolster academic tenacity and perseverance for long term goals.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Understand how a student’s mindset affects academic achievement
  • Learn research based strategies for nurturing a growth mindset
  • Learn the importance of grit, self-control and deliberate practice for academic success
  • Become aware of goal-setting and planning techniques that are more likely to cultivate self-control and produce goal attainment
  • Understand the concepts of pessimism and optimism and how they affect resiliency
  • Learn basic cognitive techniques that can challenge negative thoughts and produce optimism over time

Course Length
6.0 hours, half day, shorter workshop or series of workshops

Target Audience
This training is designed for educators and helping professionals but can be modified for parents and caregivers.

Facilities
Pod seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers, wireless Internet access and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 6.0 hours of Act 48 and NASW

Teach Me How to Think: Assisting Parents to Foster Their Child’s Social Emotional Learning Development

Purpose
Social emotional learning is the way in which a child experiences, expresses and manages emotions. This workshop will familiarize participants with a social emotional learning program called, I Can Problem Solve (ICPS) and the parent program, Raising a Thinking Child (RaTC) developed by Dr. Myrna Shure. The ICPS program teaches young children how to think not what to think so they are more able to make responsible decisions.

Objectives
Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Explore how the Raising a Thinking Child (RaTC) program may enhance parenting skills and foster youth social emotional development
  • Offer strategies that parents can use for dialoguing with children to teach them the skills necessary for problem solving

Course Length
1.5 to 3.0 hours

Target Audience
The workshop is designed for organizations, parents, school counselors, school districts faculty and staff.

Facilities
Classroom seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Registration
Registration for this workshop is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 3.0 hours of Act 48

Suicide Prevention

Lifelines™ Prevention: A Suicide Prevention Program

Purpose
Lifelines Prevention program is a comprehensive school based approach to adolescent suicide prevention. The Lifelines prevention program consists of four components: administrative readiness consultation, training for school faculty and staff, a parent workshop and student curriculum. The Lifelines Prevention program targets the entire school community by providing suicide awareness materials for administrators, faculty and staff, parents and students. The main goal of the Lifelines Prevention programs is to assist everyone in the school community with recognizing when a student is at potential risk of suicide and helping them to understand how and where to access help.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to instruct faculty and staff on how to respond initially to potentially suicidal students and know how to obtain help rapidly for them to increase the likelihood that:

  • Members of the school community can more readily identify potentially suicidal adolescents
  • Troubled adolescents are aware of and have immediate access to helping resources and seek such help as an alternative to suicidal actions

Course Length
Half to full day

Target Audience
The training is designed for faculty and staff.

Required Materials
The Lifelines Prevention Curriculum must be purchased by the participants. Purchasing information is available at the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide website.

Facilities
Classroom seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 8.0 hours of Act 48

Lifelines™ Intervention: Helping Students At Risk for Suicide

Purpose
Lifelines Intervention is a school based three tiered intervention model to prevent suicide. The first tier involves early identification and assessment of at-risk students, the second tier includes referral to community resources for additional support services and the third tier enhances protective factors which increase resilience and provide defense against stressors.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Provide context for contemporary societal values and attitudes about suicide by reviewing suicide from a historical perspective
  • Highlight the role of personal values and experiences in the assessment and intervention process
  • Present epidemiological information about suicide risk to facilitate early identification of at-risk students
  • Review a protocol for an assessment interview
  • Outline strategies for engaging students and parents in the assessment and referral process
  • Call attention to special categories of students who may be at an elevated suicide risk

Course Length
Full day

Target Audience
The training is designed for school counselors, school psychologists, school psychiatrists and mental health liaisons.

Required Materials
The Lifelines Intervention Curriculum must be purchased by the participants. Purchasing information is available at the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide website.

Facilities
Classroom seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
8.0 hours of Act 48

Lifelines™ Postvention: Responding to Suicide and Other Traumatic Death

Purpose
Lifelines Postvention is a comprehensive program that helps school communities respond to adolescent suicide and other traumatic death. The Lifelines Postvention program focuses on school response with practical and specific guidelines, addresses the developmental needs of elementary, middle and high school students, targets identified needs of competent community members and aligns with best practices in comprehensive safe schools planning. Lifelines Postvention outlines a research based model to assist in the development of policies and procedures for structuring the school’s response and presents a toolbox of practical response options that reflects the developmental needs of students.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Describe the history and evaluation results of Lifelines Postvention
  • Review theoretical foundation of the Lifelines Postvention model
  • Clarify the roles of competent community members in postvention
  • Outline the roles and responsibilities of the crisis team
  • Identify situations that present postvention challenges
  • Use the Lifelines Postvention resources found in the manual and on the CD-ROM

Course Length
Half or full day

Target Audience
The training is designed for administrators and crisis team members.

Required Materials
The Lifelines Postvention Curriculum must be purchased by the participants. Purchasing information is available at the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide website.

Facilities
Classroom seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 8.0 hours of Act 48

Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training

Purpose
Act 71 of 2014 requires school staff to receive four hours of suicide awareness and prevention training every five years, beginning with the 2015-16 school year. This training, conducted by certified Lifelines™ trainers, meets Act 71 requirements. Lifelines™ is a comprehensive program that helps school communities prevent and respond to adolescent suicide and other traumatic death. The Suicide Awareness and Prevention training focuses on school response with practical and specific guidelines, addresses the developmental needs of elementary, middle and high school students, targets identified needs of competent community members and aligns with best practices in comprehensive safe schools planning. This training will equip participants with the knowledge required by Act 71 of 2014.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Provide suicide awareness for all staff
  • Recognize the risks associated with suicide for students
  • Provide best practices information on reporting and response
  • Review sample best practice suicide policy guidelines and best practices in age appropriate prevention for each grade level
  • Provide strategies for intervening, providing appropriate resources and referring for additional help from competent community members

Course Length
4.0 hours or two part series, each 2.0 hours

Target Audience
The training is designed for administrators, crisis team members, faculty and staff.

Facilities
Classroom seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 4.0 hours of Act 48

Youth Crime and Violence Prevention

Drug Awareness and Concealment for Educators

Purpose
To provide school administrators, coaches, counselors, teachers and other school staff members with an insight into the methods students use to conceal drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Identify drug paraphernalia as defined by the Pennsylvania Controlled Substance Act
  • Identify three areas students use to conceal drugs or drug paraphernalia
  • Define “dusting,” “skittling” and “robo-ing” as they pertain to drug usage
  • Summarize the plateau levels sought by drug users
  • Identify drug and alcohol treatment and prevention resources in the surrounding community

Course Length
6.0 hours

Target Audience
This training is designed for school administrators, counselors, student assistance team members, coaches, school nurses and other school staff members. Parents may be invited to this training. This training is not appropriate for students of any grade.

Facilities
Pod seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers, wireless Internet access and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
6.0 hours of Act 48

An Educator’s Guide to Social Networking

Purpose
Do you or other educators in your building use social networking sites to keep in touch with students? Does your Acceptable Use Policy adequately cover social networking? This training will provide educators with an understanding of social networking and ways to navigate complex issues of privacy, security and ethics. This highly engaging and interactive training will utilize the social networking site Facebook as a focus for the discussion.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Understand privacy issues associated with educators’ use of social networking
  • Recognize security implications for use of social networking sites as an instructional tool
  • Examine ethical implications for “friending” students and colleagues

Course Length
3.0 hours

Target Audience
This training is designed for school administrators, student services personnel, certified and noncertified school staff, community based school partner organizations, law enforcement and juvenile probation officers. This training is not appropriate for students of any grade.

Facilities
Pod seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers, wireless Internet access and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
3.0 hours of Act 48

Juvenile Participation in Hate Groups and Hate Crimes

Purpose
This training will investigate the increasingly sophisticated use of technology by hate groups to lure youth into this violent, racist subculture. Hate groups are one specific type of gang and are present throughout the United States, including Pennsylvania. Specific information will be provided on the insignia, symbols, philosophies and recruitment tools of groups operating in Pennsylvania. The strategies used by these groups to target disenfranchised youth and offer them a sense of belonging, power, responsibility and family will be presented. How mainstream adults can recognize at-risk youth and offer them positive connections and role models will also be discussed. Finally, the alarming trend of juvenile participation in hate crime activities will be examined, as crime data collected by the Federal Bureau of Investigation clearly shows a disturbing image of the youthful hate crime offender. This training will analyze data at the state and national level to learn: what is a hate crime; the characteristics of hate crime victims and offenders; and what can schools do to prevent and respond to bias incidents and hate crimes.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Recognize hate groups/extremist groups as security threat groups which target disenfranchised youth
  • Identify recruitment techniques used by these groups to target at risk youth
  • Define “ethnic intimidation” according to the Pennsylvania Crimes Code
  • Identify best practice resources to prevent and respond to bias incidents and hate crimes

Course Length
3.0 hours (full training) or 60-90 minutes (overview only)

Target Audience
This training is designed for school administrators, student services personnel, certified and noncertified school staff, community based school partner organizations, law enforcement and juvenile probation officers. This training is not appropriate for students of any grade.

Facilities
Pod seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers, wireless Internet access and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to three 3.0 hours of Act 48

Protecting Pregnant Youth from Peer Abuse

Purpose
Bullying is a form of abuse, characteristic of aggressive behavior that is intentional, repeated or severe and indicates a power imbalance. When individuals are bullied they are more likely to have anxiety or depression, low self-esteem, present with avoidant behaviors, have difficulty sleeping and have higher absenteeism from school or work. Pregnant youth may experience negative attention from their peers including repetitive name calling, rumor spreading and obscene gestures. Adults who work with youth have a responsibility to ensure that youth are in a safe environment and protected from harm. Pregnant youth who are the targets of bullying may be protected under federal and state civil rights laws.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Use strategies to recognize signs and symptoms of youth who may be involved inbullying
  • Intervene when bullying is suspected and empower and reinforce bystander behavior
  • Understand laws related to protected class issues that may apply to pregnant teens
  • Practice being an effective and supportive responder to youth affected by bullying

Course Length
1.0 to 2.0 hours

Target Audience
The training is designed for organizations, school districts faculty and staff working with pregnant teens.

Facilities
Classroom seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 2.0 hours of Act 48

Safe Dates

Purpose
This training will provide an overview of concepts and pedagogical strategies involved in implementing the Safe Dates Program. Safe Dates is a research based program for preventing dating violence and promoting healthy relationships among teens. It is recognized as a model program on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Recognize characteristics of healthy peer and dating relationships
  • Discuss research on effective interventions for teen dating violence
  • Identify the elements of the Safe Dates Program
  • Implement the Safe Dates Program in a classroom or community context

Course Length
1.5 days or 1 day

Target Audience
The training is designed for teacher or community based organization personnel/implementers, supporting children in grades 8-12. Safe Dates lessons address educational standards for health education and school counseling.

Required Materials
The Safe Dates Curriculum must be purchased by the participants. Purchasing information is available at Hazelden Publishing at www.Hazelden.org.

Facilities
Classroom seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 12.0 hours of Act 48

What’s New Down the Rabbit Hole? Examining Current Drug Trends

Purpose
Participants will learn about the newest trends in substance use/abuse including club and synthetic drugs, examine drug reference in media and shown examples of paraphernalia, and explore the continuum of addiction, signs and symptoms of substance abuse, the enabling process and research based prevention strategies.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Identify signs and symptoms of commonly used drugs
  • Examine the most commonly used/abused drugs
  • Explore state and local data on substance use, risk and protective factors
  • Discuss prevention strategies and protective factors

Course Length
1.5 hours to half day

Target Audience
The training is designed for organizations, SAP teams, school counselors, parents, school districts faculty and staff.

Facilities
Classroom seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host school district or organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 4.0 hours of Act 48

Youth Development

Dynamic Youth Mentoring

Purpose
Participants of the this training will understand the youth mentoring role within the Student Assistance Program (SAP) process or as part of the services provided through the school districts counseling department. Participants will comprehend laws relevant to educators and mentors, identify strength based approaches for working with students to foster resiliency and recognize characteristics of dysfunctional/struggling families.

Objectives
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Discuss strategies to enhance youth protective factors
  • Examine effective youth mentoring techniques within a school or agency setting with an understanding of confidentiality and mandated reporting requirements
  • Engage in varied learning methods including role-play, didactic and applied learning techniques

Course Length
Half to full day

Target Audience
The training is designed for SAP team members, faculty and staff.

Facilities
Flexible classroom seating must be available along with a podium, microphone for large groups, screen and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration
Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host school district or organization.

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 8.0 hours of Act 48

Youth Leadership Institute

Purpose
During this institute, participants explore leadership traits, examine the seven types of power and learn the difference between power, influence and authority. They will examine the Dangerous Systematic Process beginning with negative assumptions and potentially leading to prejudice. Participants will identify communication and conflict styles and explore strategies for peaceful conflict resolution and engage in teambuilding activities to reflect the team approach to leadership development.

Objectives
Upon completion of this institute participants will be able to:

  • Recognize negative assumptions to illustrate the importance of confronting negative assumptions before they can lead to negative forms of stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination, racism/homophobia, scapegoating and genocide
  • Examine leadership qualities and explore variations of power, influence and authority
  • Participate in hands-on activities to facilitate critical thinking, leadership and proactive communication strategies

Course Length
Half to full day

Target Audience
The institute is designed for youth in grades 6-12.

Facilities
Classroom seating must be available along with room for activities, podium, microphone for large groups, LCD screen, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this institute.

Registration
Registration for this institute is the responsibility of the host organization.

Certificate
A certificate of participation/completion will be available.

Training Fees

For scheduling and pricing, contact Vicki Murray, (717) 763-1661

$400-$500
90-120 Minute Trainings
$600-$800
Half Day Trainings
$1,000-$1,500
Full Day Trainings