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Unfortunately, school safety is not a one solution/ fix all issue. Instead, it is a complex, multi-faceted issue that demands collaboration among stakeholders and a mutual understanding of the equal value of importance to various safety topic areas and viewpoints. With the assistance of field experts and collaborative partners, the Center for Safer Schools has developed school safety topic presentations and programs that are available upon request. Center staff are trained individuals in various evidence based programs, such as Youth Mental Health First Aid, and are available to provide such trainings across the state at no cost.

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RISE Regional Trainings

Audience: All stakeholders including parent/guardians, school faculty and staff, mental health providers, law enforcement, juvenile justice staff, social workers, nurses, etc.

Description: RISE is a 2-3-day training designed to provide information sessions to participants on youth and emergency preparedness topic areas. The RISE training will focus on Resiliency, Information, Support and Empowerment needed when faced with supporting children and adolescents in schools and communities. This training offers a variety of informational sessions to participants covering the areas of bullying, suicide, opioid and substance use, critical incident, and other vital information about trauma and victimization among children and adolescents, and how the various dynamics impact school climate and school safety.

Paid for by VOCA funding through the NC Governor’s Crime Commission.
The Center has completed regional trainings in Asheville, NC; Greenville, NC; and Wilmington, NC.

Stay tuned for more information on the Center’s upcoming Regional training in Guilford County. For more information, please contact Karen Fairley.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Audience: School faculty and staff, parent/guardians, juvenile justice staff, persons who support students, etc.

Description: Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common supports. This training demonstrates how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care. Training available in English and Spanish.

For more information, please contact Diana Rodriguez.

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Child and Adolescent Brain Development and Social Emotional Learning

Audience: School faculty and staff, parent/guardians, juvenile justice staff, persons who support students, etc.

Description: Also referred to as the “Teen Brain Development”, the presentation provides an overview of the recently developed module for teachers, parents, SRO’s and other student/child support staff. Areas covered include brain development from childhood to adulthood, the impact of trauma, adolescent behaviors, and factors that impact social and emotional learning. Social media and substance use are also addressed in this presentation. This presentation is available in both English and Spanish, and is also available as a 5-hour online module (English only) for school personnel and others to receive continuing education credits (CEU's).

For more information, please contact Diana Rodriguez.

Bullying

Audience: School faculty and staff, parent/guardians, juvenile justice staff, persons who support students, etc.

Description: This training will help parents, teachers, counselors and others to recognize bullying and give suggestions on ways they may assist a child who is being bullied. Center bullying presentations are modified as needed to address concerns and specific target areas and age or audience appropriate information. Trainings include Bullying 101, How to be a Friend, Cyber Safety, Social Media, and The Bystander Effect, among others. These trainings are geared toward teachers, school personnel, parents, and students k-12. Training available in English and Spanish.

For more information, please contact Karen Everett or Diana Rodriguez

Crisis Intervention Team Training on Recognizing
Youth Related Emotional and Mental Health Crisis (CIT-Youth)

Audience: Law Enforcement, other personnel supporting youth in crisis.

Description: CIT-Y is an 8-hour add on training for law enforcement officers with Crisis Intervention Training (CIT). It is also open to other personnel who deal with youth in crisis. This training seeks to better equip officers to recognize a potential mental or emotional crisis in youth. The ultimate goal is to provide the knowledge and skills needed to de-escalate youth and adolescents in crisis, emphasize treatment rather than jail for youth displaying signs of mental illness, and improve outcomes for officers and others following encounters with youth with mental health issues. CIT-Youth is a great example how the Center for Safer Schools takes research and puts it into practical use in our schools to create better long-term outcomes for both vulnerable youth and society at large. Paid for by BJAG funding through the NC Governor’s Crime Commission.

Please contact Karen Fairley for more information.

Critical Incident for School Faculty and Staff

Audience: School faculty and staff, law enforcement

Description: To present the new training video for Critical Incident Response in North Carolina and discuss the updated tactics and best practices educators and administrators shall follow when dealing with a critical incident at their school.

For more information, please contact Mike Anderson or Robert Stell.

Policing in Schools: An Inside Look at Policing Outside the Box (POTB)

Audience: School faculty and staff, law enforcement

Description: An Inside Look at Policing Outside the Box discusses the hiring of School Resource Officers (SRO’s), and how they perform policing functions in an educational setting. POTB will help school administrators become more knowledgeable about how to effectively use their SRO’s, as well as some of the legal issues the SRO’s are faced with while working in an educational setting. Also discusses are ways that SRO’s can better utilize themselves to establish stronger relationships with students, staff, and school administrators.

For more information, please contact Mike Anderson

Understanding and Planning for School Bombing Incidents (UPSBI)

Audience: School faculty and staff, law enforcement and other emergency responders

Description: When completed, UPSBI participants will have the foundation knowledge needed to create a school bomb incident response protocol which will be a part of a school districts emergency response plan. This training is designed to aid emergency responders who respond to school bombing incidents including law enforcement and school administrators who are responsible for planning for and responding to bombing incidents in schools.

For more information, please contact Mike Anderson or Robert Stell.