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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

Staff Preparedness for Extreme Acts of School Violence

School violence is national problem that has affected countless schools and individuals across the United States. While this complex phenomenon exists in various forms of expression and levels of intensity, extreme acts of school violence (i.e. school shootings) are the concentration of the current study. Risk factors that may contribute to acts of school violence, including risk factors associated with perpetrators of violence and those associated with schools that are likely to experience violence, are examined. Preventing school violence, including theories and strategies that have been used, will be highlighted as well. In reality, school violence cannot always be predicted or prevented, and therefore, the results from a survey given to school faculty members on their preparedness to handle violence at school will also be provided. Recommendations for improving staff preparedness and ensuring the safety of students will be offered.

Presenter: Jenna Winicki (Graduate Student)
Topic: Counselor Education
Location: 3rd Floor Lobby, MetroCenter
Time: 6 pm (Session VI)