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Mental Health Topics for Pathways for the Prevention of Violence

April 27 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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Description – Day 1

Introduction to Pathways for Prevention

Participants will review the constructs of Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) and explore the application of MTSS for the prevention of school violence. Through examples and applications of MTSS as a successful model of prevention, intervention, and postvention, participants will learn to identify and utilize systems of support within their school community to ensure student growth, wellness, and safety.

Emotional Awareness and Management

Emotional awareness and management are critical social-emotional competencies that support student growth and can help prevent emotional, behavioral, and mental health crises. Through scenario-based examples and activities, these concepts will be defined, and participants will learn how schools can support their students’ growth in these areas in a multi-tiered system of support that focuses on social-emotional learning.

Suicide Prevention & Intervention

Students experience a myriad of emotions as they progress through school. While most cope successfully with these feelings, many will harbor emotional pain so great that they have thoughts of suicide. In fact, approximately 50% of lifetime mental health conditions emerge by age 14 and 90% of deaths by suicide had an underlying mental illness. As mental health concerns increase, schools must be ready to address suicide prevention and intervention needs for all students.

Through scenario-based examples and activities, participants will learn how to identify risk and protective factors and warning signs of suicide. They will also learn how schools can support students at-risk for suicide through implementation of MTSS such as, conducting suicide risk assessments, safety planning, and reintegrating students back into school after hospitalization. Additionally, best practices in suicide postvention will be defined and reviewed.

Identifying and Supporting Student with Trauma Experiences

Students experience various forms and degrees of trauma as a result of death, illness, crisis, and loss, often effecting behavioral, social-emotional and academic growth, which can lead to harmful behaviors if unrecognized and untreated.

Through scenario-based examples and activities, participants will learn how to identify traumatic events, experience, and effects. A trauma-informed approach within a multi-tiered system of support will be described, and specific examples and resources will be provided in order to apply the concepts learned.

Description – Day 2

Positive Behavioral Supports 

This session highlights the power of a positive approach to fostering a safe and welcoming school environment with positive behavioral supports. Examining best practices in proactive, response, and management strategies across a multi-tiered systems approach, participants will gain practical tools and strategies for building a positive climate and supportive culture to increase positive student engagement, interaction, and growth, decreasing negative, harmful, and potentially violent behaviors in school. 

Bullying Prevention and Intervention 

A longstanding challenge for school communities across the country and spanning decades of American education, bullying behavior is harmful to victims, offenders, and school learning environments, as well as linked to long-term mental health impacts and violent behaviors. Participants will examine the myriad issues and presentations of bullying in this module, considering their impact upon students’ learning and sense of safety in school today. Exploring multi-tiered solutions, interventions, strategies, and supports, participants will learn to identify and combat these challenges through universal, targeted, and intensive interventions and resources.

Intended Audience

This training is intended for K-12 educators, school security personnel, prevention providers, law enforcement, probation officers, school administration, counselors, student conduct professionals, prosecutors, and other interested school personnel.

Partial In-service Credit

Partial In-service Credit (PIC) for law enforcement and credit for school security officers will be available. 


There is no fee to attend this training.

Training Times & Details

Training runs from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

All dates capped at 100 participants

Training Dates & Locations:

January 24, 2023 to January 25, 2023

February 15, 2023 to February 16, 2023

March 29, 2023 to March 30, 2023

April 26, 2023 to April 27, 2023

May 24, 2023 to May 25, 2023

For More Information, Contact:

Betsy Bell
K-12 Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Programs Coordinator
K12 School Safety and Threat Assessment
(804) 997-1658


April 27
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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