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Scott Poland  

Internationally Recognized Expert on School Crisis

Dr. Scott Poland is an internationally recognized expert on school crisis, bullying prevention, youth violence, suicide intervention, self injury, school safety and threat assessment. He is widely considered a pioneer in school suicide prevention, having authored one of the most respected works on the subject in his 1989 book entitled, Suicide Intervention in the Schools. He is also the Past Prevention Division Director for the American Association of Suicidology. Dr. Poland recently co-authored Suicide in Schools (2014), which provides school-based professionals with practical, easy-to-use guidance on developing and implementing effective suicide prevention, assessment, intervention and postvention strategies.

He has lectured and written extensively on these subjects, including four books and numerous Best Practices chapters, with his writings being translated into several languages. He served on the President’s Roundtable on Youth Violence and has testified about the needs of children before the U. S. Congress on four occasions. Dr. Poland was a founding member of the National Emergency Assistance Team for the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). He has led multiple national crisis teams following numerous school shootings and has assisted schools and communities after terrorism acts in New York, Washington, D.C., and Oklahoma.

Dr. Poland has also worked in the aftermath of hurricanes in Texas, Louisiana and Florida. He has personally been invited to eight communities to provide leadership in response to youth suicide clusters and has consulted with schools about youth suicide countless times. He has also been an expert witness in numerous legal cases.

Dr. Poland is a Past President of the National Association of School Psychologists and was the Director of Psychological Services (1982-2005) for the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, a large Texas school district that received numerous state and national awards for its exemplary psychological services. He has received many individual honors, including being named a finalist for the national school psychologist of the year, named the most outstanding school psychologist in Texas twice, named the most outstanding psychologist in Texas and he has been nominated twice for the NASP Lifetime Achievement Award. He also received the Houston Wage Peace Award.

Dr. Poland is currently a Professor and the Co-Director of the Suicide and Violence Prevention Office at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. His expertise on such important topics in today’s national conversations will influence audiences to act and support the youth of the present and future.

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Suicide in Schools

Bullying Prevention

Suicide Prevention

The Relationship Between Bullying & Suicide

School Safety

Youth Violence

The Minds of School Shooters

Lessons from School Shootings

Coping with School Crisis

Legal Issues in School Crisis

Preventing Tragic Deaths of Children

Parenting in a Challenging & Technological World

Building Positive Relationships Between School Staff & All Students

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