Effective Communication Strategies & Crisis De-Escalation Services for School Counselors and Social Workers 3-Part Series

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Successful school crisis prevention and response involves a comprehensive approach that installs a continuum of behavioral health supports and services, including universal focus on positive school climate and social emotional learning, behavioral health literacy for teachers and students, crisis preparedness for all school personnel, a focus on educator and school staff well-being, and availability of on-site school behavioral health providers, including both school- and community-employed professionals. This three-part series is intended for school counselors and social workers in Nevada.

Presented by: Kate Speck, PhD MAC LADC

Continuing Education

To earn continuing education credit for this learning opportunity, you must enroll via the CASAT Learning platform and complete the post-course competency exam. For more information and to register visit: www.casatlearning.org/all/effective-communication-strategies-crisis-de-escalation-services-for-school-counselors-and-social-workers.

About the Pathways in Crisis Services (PICS) Project:

The Pathways in Crisis Services Project provides academic course curriculum infusion and professional learning events focused on evidence-based crisis programs that include: crisis intervention, de-escalation services, mobile crisis and crisis stabilization for both target populations (Pre-service (students) and Practicing Behavioral Health Professionals) with the goal of increasing knowledge and skills leading to use in practice.

This product was supported in whole or in part by the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health Bureau of Behavioral Health, Prevention, and Wellness through grant funding.

For more information and related resources visit: https://casatondemand.org/pics

Part 1: Mitigating Weapons and Violence in Schools

By the end of this learning session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify four key facts about school gun violence.
  • Discuss effective school and community partnerships to reduce weapons and violence in schools.
  • Describe effective prevention policies to curb school violence.

Part 2: Positive Communication Strategies

By the end of this learning session, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss principles of crisis communication
  • Outline the four phases of crisis management cycle
  • Describe generational differences that contribute to misunderstanding in communication.

Part 3: Collaborative Approaches in Suicidal Communication

By the end of this learning session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify collaborative approaches to effectively engage individuals experiencing suicidal thoughts.
  • Demonstrate effective conversational strategies to increase the likelihood of positive outcomes with individuals experiencing suicidal ideation.
  • Discuss self-care approaches to address practitioner stress when addressing suicide ideation.