Scott Poland, Ed.D., a professor at NSU’s Center for Psychological Studies, recently provided a keynote address at the Wyoming Summer Institute on Suicide Prevention. Wyoming, which has the highest suicide rate in the nation, recently passed the Jason Flatt Act that requires all educators to have annual training on suicide prevention. Clark Flatt, the founder of the Jason Foundation, also spoke at the institute, which was attended by school personnel from across Wyoming.
Poland is the co-director of NSU’s Suicide and Violence Prevention Office. He is a nationally recognized expert on school crisis, youth violence, suicide intervention, self-injury, school safety, threat assessment, parenting and the delivery of psychological services in schools. Poland is dedicated to suicide prevention, having presented more than 1,000 workshops in every state and numerous countries and has testified about the needs of children before the U.S. Congress. Poland is a founding member of the National Emergency Assistance Team for the National Association of School Psychologists and serves as the Prevention Director for the American Association of Suicidology. He has also led multiple national crisis teams following numerous school shootings and suicides and has assisted schools and communities after terrorism acts in New York, Washington , D.C. and Oklahoma. He served as the team leader of the crisis response team sent to Jefferson County Public Schools during the aftermath of the Columbine High School shootings.
For more information about the Jason Foundation, please visit www.jasonfoundation.com