Webinars

 

Meeting-Laptop-CMI-LogoCMI can offer webinars on any content you see represented in any other format, including online courses or on-site trainings.  These can either be for your district, or if you request a topic, we can put the word out and allow others to join as well.  Webinars can last from 30 minutes to two hours, or longer in some cases, however it is often better to have two shorter webinars that to expect participants to remain glued to their computer screens for very long.

You can also request a webinar be recorded so those who were unable to “attend” in real time can view the webinar at a more convenient time.

As districts request webinars, we’ll begin to build a library that will be available “on demand” with a “pay-per-view” feature, so we look forward to your requests!

Enjoy the “Early Bird” registration discount – $15 for the first 20 registered to attend!  The pricing will go to normal pricing of $20 once 20 people have registered.

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October 15th:

  •  9:00 am – Facilitating Grief Groups for Students
  • 11:00 am – New Concepts in Student Threat Assessment
  •  1:00 pm – Trauma

October 23rd:

  •  9:00 am – Crisis Response Team Evaluation
  • 11:00 am – Safe Rooms
  •  1:00 pm – Life Tributes Following Student Deaths

 

Times are listed in Pacific Standard Times. If you’d like to request a specific webinar topic to be added to our upcoming schedule, please contact us, we’d love to hear from you.

Options for webinars include (but are not limited to):

 

Basics of School Crisis Response – 1 hour

Adult-running-fast-emergencyThis is an overview of what real preparedness entails.  Join this webinar to measure the strengths of your current plan and to see where gaps or needs remain. Everyone has a crisis response plan, but that doesn’t mean we are effective!  The dynamics of crisis are far more dynamic that a plan can cover.  It is only as effective as those who will implement that response.  Audience:  Appropriate for all school staff, both certified and classified.

 

Safe Rooms – 1 hour

Teen-girl-and-counselor-2Safe Rooms are, in some ways, the “heart” of crisis response.  If we meet students’ needs well during that first week, the need for follow-up is more manageable.  This webinar  outlines fundamentals in organization and operation of the Safe Room and includes thoughts on inservicing your staff so they’ll encourage students to use this resource.  Often, administrators think that having Safe Rooms is “making a bigger deal out of it” when a student dies, but nothing could be further from the truth!  Safe Rooms allow classrooms to return to academics more readily as those few students who need more time to process the death have a supportive place to go, and teachers can return to curriculum when the majority of the class is ready.  Includes lists of items to have in the Safe Room, questions to use with students to encourage processing of the loss and much more.  Audience:  Counselors, Psychologists, Social Workers, Special Education and Behavioral Specialists.

 

Activities for Grieving Students or Youth – 1 hour

3-Teen-Boys-at-GraveThis webinar can be a stand-alone, or is also a nice follow-up for the Safe Room webinar.  Activities to help youth grieve can be used in grief groups, classrooms or Safe Rooms.  Although many of the activities use art or drawing, many use other modalities as well.  There will be some activities that are appropriate for a range of developmental stages and can be used with children as young as 3 on through adults.  Audience:  Counselors, Psychologists, Social Workers, Special Education and Behavioral Specialists.

 

Managing Media Relations Following School Crises – 1 hour

Reporters-CrowdWe all know that we don’t manage media – they manage themselves!  But how we manage media relations has everything to do with whether we can quickly regain the trust of families in the aftermath of school crises, or whether  our best efforts are undermined by negative press coverage.  Audience:  Administrators and Public Information Officers.

 

Media Relations After Catastrophic School Events – 1 hour

Press-conferenceAlthough this can be a stand-alone webinar, it builds nicely on concepts presented in Managing Media Relations Following School Crises.  This webinar looks at the helpful messages that helped one school avoid lawsuits following a mass-casualty school shooting.  Included will be details of unexpected challenges and surprising twists.  Audience:  Administrators, Public Information Officers.

 

Life Tributes following Student Deaths – 1 hour

Teens-huddle,-comfort,-grieveThe very last component of solid crisis response schools are apt to put in place are the Life Tributes.  Administrators often fear that students will either misbehave or that the gathering will trigger students to become over dramatic or will re-trigger the grief.  What is true is that Life Tributes bring a sense of closure to the formal period of mourning  the school has observed.  This is not to say that individuals do not continue grieving; certainly they do.  But schools that often have the longest recovery periods are those that don’t use Life Tributes or Memory Events to mark the passing of a life.  These are brief gatherings, designed by students and monitored and approved by staff.  These provide an opportunity for students to be their “best selves” and build character in ways that can improve school climate and lessen discipline rates following deaths.  Audience:  Administrators, Counselors, Psychologists, Social Workers, and all who are those highly trusted staff to whom kids turn in times of trouble.

 

Facilitating Grief Groups for Students – 1 hour

Grief Group Around TableThere may be no better use of an hour a week of a counselor’s time than to provide a grief group for students.  This webinar provides a format for a 10-week series of 45-minute groups.  The webinar covers: Developmental stages of youth in understanding death and grief, “Tasks” of grief (adapted from Dr. Alan Wolfelt’s work), Organization of the group time (check-in, activity, reflection, etc.), Activities ready to use for all ten weeks, Thought and steps in planning to make it work well. This format works for a group of youth who all lost a friend (for instance, members of a team that lost a player) or for eight or ten students who have never met one another, but who share in common the life experience of losing a parent or sibling.  Audience:  Counselors, Psychologists, Social Workers, Special Education and Behavioral Specialists.

 

New Concepts of Student Threat Assessment – 1 hour

Teen boy head in hands thinkingThe process of putting solid student threat assessment teams in place takes more time, organization and collaboration than most other kinds of teams/efforts schools have in place, but it is critical to do so.  To be really effective, well-trained team members need to meet regularly to hone their skills and refine their practices.  Student threat assessment is a living process, not a set of policies and procedures. CMI will introduce you to a process for pulling together the resources to create a team that will support you in assessing threats and threatening behavior at your school.  We provide knowledge gleaned from a field of experts with diverse backgrounds and approaches, providing  current best-practices in the field of threat assessment.  Our goal is to introduce you to the spectrum of approaches, allowing you to make a clear decisions about policies and procedures for managing student threats.  Once you know what each of the many leaders in the field bring, you’ll make the wisest possible choice on who you want to provide additional training.  Student Threat Assessment Teams are an insurance you can’t afford to neglect.  Audience:  Particularly aimed at Administrators, Counselors, Psychologists, School Safety Officers and others assigned to safety, crisis response and student threat assessment.

 

Trauma – 1 hour

Young girl reflected in broken mirror

The focus for this webinar is on psychological trauma in the individual following single, acute events.  The goal is for school staff to understand the aftermath of major school crises (such as a shooting or a suicide on campus) and to be able to identify helpful strategies in the midst of the chaos that arises in the wake of these events.  It does not cover working with abused children or chronic trauma.  Audience: Counselors, Psychologists, Social Workers, Nurses, Administrators, Teachers, and anyone interested.

 

 

Crisis Response Team Evaluation – 1 hour

Man wearing safety vest with clipboard

Every school has a team and a plan.  And every district has strengths and weaknesses based often in the particular interests of those who are assigned to school safety, crisis response and prevention.  This webinar provides the opportunity for districts to identify next steps for taking your team to the next level, and provides insights for all team members toward evaluating what team members can do to take lessons learned into strategies that bolster your effectiveness.  Audience:  Appropriate for all School Staff, both certified and classified.

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