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The Safe School Institute delivers all three levels of prevention to its constituents:  primary, secondary, and tertiary. Our goal is to effectively adapt to the desires and needs of a given school at the time they request our services. Some may be interested in hearing more about signs and symptoms of violence and how students and teachers can prevent a dangerous situation; others may want to learn more about mental health risks, gun violence, or how to identify child abuse. We are committed to reaching our audience whenever they are able whether it be during school hours or outside of school hours, on campus or at a summer camp, service organization, or religious meeting. Whatever their needs are, the Safe School Institute is available at no cost to provide a customized format that addresses those needs.

School Staff Trainings

be nice.® (Mental Health) – Tackles the nexus between mental health and crime by creating a awareness in the school and in the community on attributes and changes in behavior, social media posts and language that are indicative of bullying, suicide, or dangerous behaviors. Through four part action plan, students are taught to become aware, notice the signs and focus on finding help before it’s too late. Satisfies state mandate TEC §21.451

Bullying Prevention – Best practices on creating a bully-free climate, current laws, interventions, tips, practice identifying and responding to bullying. (Approximately 90 minutes) Satisfies state mandate TEC §21.451

Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) – This presentation is built on the Avoid, Deny, Defend (ADD) strategy developed by ALERRT in 2004. It provides strategies, guidance and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event. Topics include the history and prevalence of active shooter events, civilian response options, medical issues, and considerations for conducting drills.

The Cyber World and Its Impact on Mental Health – Exposes the world of social media and its effect on students’ daily lives. Criminals and ill-intentioned people use kids’ insecurities and vulnerabilities against them. Participants will see how easily sex traffickers are able to groom and students are able to bully other students while hiding behind a screen. (Approximately 60 minutes)

Human Trafficking – With the average age of a human trafficking victim being 13, it is important to learn about what human trafficking is and what it looks like in our city and schools. This eye-opening presentation covers victims, traffickers, tips on how to avoid victimization and how to report suspected abuse. Satisfies state mandate TEC §38.0041

Reporting Disclosed and Suspected Child Abuse & Neglect – Signs and symptoms of all forms of child abuse, neglect and human trafficking discussed. Review of current laws, handling disclosures and required duties to respond. (Approximately 90 minutes) Satisfies state mandates TEC §38.0041 & TEC §38.004(2)

School Safety Summit — a day-long event for school administrators and school-based law enforcement to discuss pertinent school safety topics. Offered yearly (Approximately 8 hours) TCOLE Credit

Teen Dating Violence – Dating and relationships are in the hearts and minds of our teens. Let’s set them up for success by discussing different types of relationships, setting boundaries and goals, spotting unhealthy behaviors, taking action, laws and Title IX. Satisfies state mandate TEC §37.0831