Schedule

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9:00 – 11:00

Welcome and Keynote Speaker, Dr. Victor Rios

State Capitol

Join our keynote session as we have Dr. Victor Rios talk to us about helping at-risk student populations.

11:00 – 11:30

Healthy Schools Panel: Partnerships Supporting Prevention and Early Intervention

State Capitol

Join us as we speak with local partners about how we can create healthier schools through unique partnerships with community members.

11:30 – 12:30 |  Lunch Break

12:30 – 1:20 |  Breakout Sessions 

Suicide Prevention: Talk Saves Lives

State Capitol

Talk Saves Lives is a research based presentation from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The presentation covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide. Come to see parts of the presentation and learn how you can bring the resource to your campus.

Stop Worrying: Supporting Individuals with Anxiety Disorders

Highland Lakes

People with anxiety are commonly told to “stop worrying” or “not to be nervous” during a time in which they are experiencing anxiety. These commonly used phrases are typically said with the intention of soothing the individual, but instead, often have an opposite effect. In this session, participants will learn about the effects of anxiety on human behavior, and learn how to positively support those who may be experiencing anxiety.

Successful Student Transitions

Canyon of the Eagles

This session will focus on the critical period of student transition to and from their home campus, residential treatment, juvenile justice facilities, and alternative campus settings. Participants will learn research-informed strategies for 3 phases of transition: planning, transition, and implementation with a focus on concepts of “Spark,” “Developmental Relationships,” and “Warm Handoff.”

Supporting Students in Crisis: A Trauma Informed Approach

Clarksville and Lost Pines

Participants will gain knowledge in how to help students manage crisis situations, including suicidal ideation and self-injurious behaviors and urges. Emphasis will be made on trauma informed approaches to de-escalation and supporting students and their families in creating a plan to move through the crisis safely.

Mental Health and the Emotionally Disturbed Student

Barton Springs (3rd Floor)

This session will discuss the unique challenges of navigating the emotionally disturbed student in our school settings. With such a broad definition, dealing with emotionally disturbed students brings on a myriad of considerations.

Instructional arrangement, service, and interventions will be discussed in detail.

Social Media and Mental Health

McKinney Falls (3rd Floor)

This session will focus on the impact of social media and correlation with increased suicidal behavior. School district personnel will be able to update their suicide prevention strategies in the age of social media.

Substance Use and Resources for Adolescents

Rosewood (3rd Floor)

This session will highlight recent substance use trends among adolescents, including the misuse of over-the-counter medications and prescription painkillers. The instructor will teach on signs of intoxication or overdose and will share resources for early intervention and recovery.

1:30 – 2:20 |  Breakout Sessions 

Self-Harm / Non-Suicidal Self Injury in Schools

State Capitol

In this session, we will discuss the how and why around youth non-suicidal injury, including dispelling common myths regarding self-harm. In addition, we will discuss best practices when engaging in prevention and intervention with youth on your campus. This session is for any staff member working on a campus regularly.

 

Compassion Fatigue

Highland Lakes

This session will explore the impact of stress at work. We will discuss how to recognize the signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue, how to avoid it, and how to support one another at work.

Using Relationships as an Intervention for Mental Health

Canyon of the Eagles

Children and teens who are most struggling can be the most difficult to connect with. We’ll explore how using relational interventions with students can increase their trajectory for positive mental health across the lifespan. We’ll unpack the anatomy of trust, trust-building behaviors and specific strategies and practices for reaching our most challenging and vulnerable students.

Eating Disorders 101

McKinney Falls (3rd Floor)

This presentation will present an overview of eating disorders and the symptoms and behaviors that are associated with these disorders in children and adolescents, including highlighting updates and changes in diagnostic information from the DSM-5.

The goal and focus will be to present typical and atypical clinical presentations, in order to better prepare health care providers to identify these complex disorders. Health-related warning signs and recommendations for consultation with a multidisciplinary treatment team will also be provided. Discussions of treatment implications for both children and adolescents with eating disorders and their families will be highlighted.

Adolescents, Substance Misuse and Recovery High Schools

Rosewood (3rd Floor)

High school is often associated with binge drinking and experimentation with substances. This presentation will address the prevalence of substance misuse among adolescents and how schools can help. Come learn about recovery high schools, and about how communities can come together to best support young people and their families.

1:30 – 3:20 |  Breakout Sessions 

Threat Analysis

Barton Springs (3rd Floor)

This session will introduce the use of school threat assessment to reduce targeted violence in K-12 schools and districts. The session will present key research findings, effective qualities of a school threat assessment team and what the five stages of threat assessment are.

ACES and the Helping Profession

Clarksville and Lost Pines

All over the nation, people are talking about the ACE Study because it reveals the largest public health discovery of our time. We are the generation that will be able to apply ACE Study findings to generate exponential improvements in health.

In this presentation you will receive education about the ACE Study findings, the biology of adversity including neuroscience and epigenetics that tell us why ACEs are so powerful. We then address what we can do to promote resilience, recovery, and Self-healing Communities.

2:30 – 3:20 |  Breakout Sessions 

Managing Stress and Anxiety

State Capitol

Stress and anxiety are at all time highs for students. By understanding the difference between the two, we are better prepared to support students. Come to learn signs and symptoms and how schools can be helpful and not hurtful to students struggling.

One Student’s Success Story

Highland Lakes

This presentation is based on a recent case study by Dr. Dennison and her colleagues, which explores the powerful effects of a collaboration between a school psychologist, school staff, and a family to meet the needs of a young, trauma-affected child.

Using Relationships as an Intervention for Mental Health

Canyon of the Eagles

Children and teens who are most struggling can be the most difficult to connect with. We’ll explore how using relational interventions with students can increase their trajectory for positive mental health across the lifespan. We’ll unpack the anatomy of trust, trust-building behaviors and specific strategies and practices for reaching our most challenging and vulnerable students.

Turn Mental Blocks into Building Blocks for Student Success

Rosewood (3rd Floor)

Are you looking for strategies designed to develop more meaningful relationships with students, parents, and school stakeholders? This session will look critically at the stories humans create when they have limited access to information and fill the gaps with their own values, beliefs, and ideas. A special focus will be given to addressing the lies we honestly tell ourselves about the motives and intentions of others. Strategies will focus on self care.