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2017 ISCA Annual Conference Program

Dr.-Scott-PolandKeynote speaker and workshop presenter:  Dr. Scott Poland, a Professor at CPS and the Co-Director of the Suicide and Violence Prevention Office at Nova Southeastern University.

The presenter, a licensed psychologist is an internationally recognized expert on youth suicide, self-injury, school violence, threat assessment and school crisis and has authored or co-authored five books on the subject. His fifth book entitled, Suicide in Schools, was published in 2015 Routledge.  He also recently (8/15/16) co-authored the Suicide Safer Schools Plan for the state of Texas. He previously directed psychological services for a large Texas school system for 24 years and is a past President of the National Association of School Psychologists and a past Prevention Division Director of American Association of Suicidology.

He has been an expert witness in numerous legal cases where schools were sued following a crisis.  He is very dedicated to suicide prevention and has testified about the mental health needs of children before the U.S. Congress on four occasions. He is a founding member of the National Emergency Assistance Team and has personally assisted school communities after 15 school shootings, acts of terrorism, natural disasters and numerous suicide clusters.

For more information on Dr. Poland you can click here.


Kevin and Amy

Featured Workshop Presenters: Kevin Hawkins and Amy Burke from Mindwell.

Last year Kevin and Amy were the ISCA Keynote presenters. This year they are returning as featured workshop presenters to follow up on their work with schools and counselors around mindfulness as well as hold workshops for those wanting to learn more about Mindfulness.

Kevin Hawkins has worked with adolescents in various contexts for over 30 years –  as teacher, school head, and social worker in the UK, Africa, and Europe. Kevin has taught mindfulness to teenagers, teachers and parents since 2010 and he currently manages Partnership Development for the Mindfulness in Schools Project and is one of their lead teacher trainers.
Amy Burke spent 15 years in high schools as a classroom teacher and counselor in Canada and The Netherlands. She holds a Masters Degree in Contemplative Education from Naropa University and is passionate about helping young adults, and those who teach them, create lives of meaning and purpose. Amy is a trainer with the Mindfulness in Schools Project (“.b” for teenagers) and has completed mindfulness curriculum training with Dr. Saltzman (Still Quiet Place).

Final Conference Schedule and Program

For detailed descriptions of the conference workshops please view the conference app or for a hard copy click here


* Session times and locations are subject to change.  However the overall focus of the workshop will remain. Workshop descriptions will be published shortly.