This basic-to-intermediate level seminar is designed for professionals who work with students: School Administrators, Superintendents, Principals, School Board Members, School Psychologists, Special Education Teachers, Special Education Coordinators, School Counselors, Attorneys
In this engaging instruction, experienced practitioners will share their methods to prevent student neglect and discrimination, and their hard-won resolution approaches. (see
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Prevent School Liability and Address the Unique Needs of All Students
Mental health issues in schools extend beyond special education classrooms, and each school professional needs to have a clear idea of what the law requires and how to comply with the plethora of regulations and procedures. In this engaging instruction, experienced practitioners will share their methods to prevent student neglect and discrimination, and their hard-won resolution approaches. Help every student get the best possible education with this focused school law guide to student mental health. Register today!
Clarify the school's legal obligations concerning mental health, essential services they must provide and more.
Create IEPs and 504 plans for situations when mental health, special education and disabilities comingle.
Protect the school and the students with clear rules on violence prevention and response.
Handle sensitive situations concerning suicide intervention and response in a legally compliant manner.
Weigh student confidentiality under FERPA against mandatory reporting duties in cases of mental health crisis.
Master the legal requirements for communicating with parents when mental health issues are suspected.
Ensure the school's discipline processes take into consideration the student's mental health condition.
School Legal Obligations Regarding Student Mental Health 9:00 - 9:45, Meldie M. Moore
Top Federal and State Laws Governing Mental Health Issues in Schools
Recognizing Mental Health Issues: Legal Requirements
Mandatory Reporting: Obligations of the School
Mental Health Service Continuum: What Must Schools Provide?
Medical Treatment vs. Education Services
Public vs. Private School Legal Requirements
Legal Updates Schools Must Know
Balancing Special Education and Mental Health Concerns 9:45 - 10:30, Shawna L. Parks
When is Mental Illness a Disability?
How the Child Find Mandate and Mental Health Intertwine
Evaluation Reports: Documenting Mental Health Concerns
Tying IEPs to Mental Health Issues
Drafting IEP Goals for Students With Mental Health Needs
504 Plans: Determining Eligibility for Mental Health Issues
Outlining Parameters of Required Services for Students Without 504s/IEPs
Threats, Violence, Crises, Trauma and Mental Health: How to Prevent and Respond 10:45 - 11:45, Bridget Cook
School Legal Obligations: Warning of Known/Foreseeable Dangers
Conducting Threat Assessments and Other Proactive Preventions
Handling Threats by Students With Mental Health Issues
When Violence Occurs: Key Steps to Take
Documenting Violent Behavior and School Responses
Developing Crisis Management Plans
Trauma-Informed Schooling: Legal Essentials
Involving the Police: Extents/Limitations
Student Suicide and the Law: What Schools Need to Know 12:45 - 1:30, Bridget Cook
Suicide Awareness and Prevention Laws
School Duty to Warn: Knowing the Triggers
Formulating Suicide Intervention Procedures
Suicide and Bullying: What Schools Should Do
Conducting Staff Training
Documenting School Responses
Referring Students to State Agencies and Mental Health Providers
Mental Health and Student Privacy: What Can be Disclosed? 1:30 - 2:15, Meldie M. Moore
Confidentiality, Exceptions and Mandatory Reporting
FERPA: Making Safety Disclosures Without Consent
Communicating With Other Schools About Mental Health Conditions
What Can They Know, Ask About?
What They Should Know, Care About
When and How Can They Share What They Know About a Student's Mental Health?
Sharing Information With Mental Health Professionals
Reporting Signs of Abuse: What is the School's Obligation?
Parents and Mental Health: How Schools Must Communicate 2:30 - 3:30, Meldie M. Moore
Communicating With Parents: Legal Requirements
Raising Mental Health Issues With Parents
Documenting Every Effort to Notify Parents
Texts, Chatting and Other Informal Communication: Legal Risks
Dealing With Recalcitrant Parents or Parents in Denial
Responding to Concerns Raised by Parents of Other Students
Disciplining Students With Student Mental Health in Mind 3:30 - 4:30, Meldie M. Moore