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Monday, August 13 • 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Promoting a school culture that effectively addresses student crisis behavior and reduces the use of restraint & Seclusion LIMITED

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A growing concern for educators across the nation relates to the effective education of students with serious emotional, behavioral and mental health disorders. The trauma histories and mental health disorders of these children and youth place them at greater risk for emotional escalation and the display of potentially dangerous behavior. Schools have traditionally relied upon punitive approaches, including restraint and seclusion, to address challenging behavior. These practices have been clearly linked to increased trauma, injury of students and staff, and even death. As a result, schools have come under greater scrutiny for their use of restraint and seclusion as well as other punitive approaches to behavior. This workshop will briefly explore the challenge of effectively programming for students with mental health disorders and explore effective de-escalation interventions. Moreover, the presentation will provide information about how one large urban school district engaged in a successful philosophical transition that resulted in a significant drop in student suspension and expulsion as well as a 73% drop in the use of physical restraint and seclusion. Information will be presented on the barriers encountered and the processes employed to facilitate the change in school culture.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Van Acker

Richard Van Acker

Emeritus Professor, University of Illinois - Chicago
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Kim Warma

President/CEO, Pro-ACT, Inc.
Kim Warma is the President/CEO of Pro-ACT, Inc. a training and professional development company that focuses on providing professionals with the skills they need to better address challanging behavior in the classroom, avoiding the potential for escalation, crisis, and assault.



Monday August 13, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm CDT
314 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA