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  • Thursday, September 10, 2020 5:29 PM | Courtney Jacoby (Administrator)

    Suicide Prevention Online Learning Center Prevent Suicide PA and the Garrett Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention Grant are pleased to relaunch the Suicide Prevention Online Learning Center. This free training site is designed to provide research-based and best practice information to anyone who may come into contact with individuals struggling with suicidal thoughts and behaviors, including educators, mental health professionals, medical professionals, and the general community. Select featured courses include the following:

    • Suicide Prevention for Educators (an 8-class course that can fulfill Act 71 requirements for schools) Assessment and Clinical Management of Suicidal Youth
    • Method Restriction: Primary Care and Public Health Approaches

    The Online Learning Center can be accessed by visiting

  • Thursday, September 10, 2020 5:19 PM | Courtney Jacoby (Administrator)

    Wolf Administration Releases Suicide Prevention Plan, Reminds Pennsylvanians that They are Never Alone

    September 10, 2020 

    Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration, members of the General Assembly, and Prevent Suicide PA today recognized World Suicide Prevention Day and National Suicide Prevention Month and released Pennsylvania’s Statewide Suicide Prevention Plan. The plan, which was developed by the state’s Suicide Prevention Task Force, is a four-year strategy to reduce suicide in Pennsylvania by fighting stigma, increasing training and education on suicide and mental health, improving data collection for suicide, and supporting clinical practices and treatment to prevent suicide and help those who are struggling or in crisis know that things can and will get better.

  • Wednesday, September 02, 2020 6:14 PM | Courtney Jacoby (Administrator)

    The Mountain Plains Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) in collaboration with the Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC), would like to share our Six-Part Suicide Prevention Course Series that has recently been added to the online learning platform at 

  • Friday, August 21, 2020 9:00 AM | Courtney Jacoby (Administrator)
    Virtual Event Hosted by PBS/PDE 
    August 21, 2020 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

    “Portrayal and Perception: African American Men and Boys” featuring Dr. Nikole Hollins-Sims. 

    Join WQED for a screening of an episode from Portrayal & Perception of African American Men & Boys along with a virtual professional development session with Dr.  Nikole Y. Hollins-Sims, the statewide lead for equitable practices in partnership with the office of safe schools for the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

    Register here

  • Wednesday, August 12, 2020 9:05 AM | Courtney Jacoby (Administrator)

    The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is pleased to announce the release of the next tool in The Roadmap for Education Leaders: Creating Equitable School Systems. The Pennsylvania Department of Education has created a toolkit to help school entities continue to plan for staff and student wellness in their local context. This toolkit does not, and is not intended to, prescribe a specific course of action. This toolkit offers resources to consider when determining (a) effective methods of communication with stakeholders, (b) universal practices to address social and emotional needs, and to create safe, welcoming and equitable learning environments and (c) conditions for monitoring and supporting identified staff and students demonstrating needs related to social-emotional and psychological supports. As inequities are identified in educational systems, whether as a result of the pandemic closure or newly discovered through professional learning around equity and systemic oppression, the importance of ensuring psychological safety for staff and students in our educational communities cannot be understated.

    The Staff and Student Wellness Guide is available on PDE’s website.

    Watch an archived webinar, developed by the Office for Safe Schools that offers a facilitated walkthrough of the staff and student wellness guide.

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2020 2:00 PM | Courtney Jacoby (Administrator)

    Prevent Suicide PA is pleased to have Dr. Sean Joe, of Washington University in St. Louis, discuss the emerging science on patterns and trends of suicidal behavior among black children and adolescents in the U.S. to ring the alarm for increased equity in our science.  He will discuss the patterns and trends of suicidal behavior of ethnic minority populations in the U.S. and around the world.  Dr. Joe will also discuss what needs to be done to bring equity to the research workforce, infrastructure, as well as the prevention, treatment, and intervention literature.  The implication for using an equity lens in the distribution and effectiveness of clinical practice and preventative interventions will also be discussed.   

    The webinar login link will be sent electronically to registered participants.

    Register Here

  • Tuesday, June 16, 2020 8:34 AM | Anonymous

    December 7 - 11, 2020
    Virtual Event

    This high quality event will offer professional development focused on school safety, bullying prevention, emergency and crisis response, and other relevant topics. Hear state and national experts present the latest research and trends in school safety, youth violence prevention, evidence-based program models, promising practices, and more.

  • Monday, June 15, 2020 11:47 AM | Anonymous

    The Pennsylvania Association of School Personnel Administrators (PASPA), would like to invite you to a webinar – Protecting the School Workplace: How to Reopen Safely and Address Safety Concerns, hosted by Fox Rothschild. This webinar is scheduled for June 25, 2020 from 1:30-3:30 and is free to PASPA members.  Non-PASPA members may register for a small fee of only $29. Come learn from the Fox Rothschild team important items you should be considering regarding  your safety plan and your reopening of operations.  Click on the link below to register:

  • Wednesday, November 20, 2019 4:10 PM | Anonymous

    If you are an AmazonSmile customer, you can now support Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals in the Amazon shopping app on your Android device! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

    1. If you have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, open the App on your Android device.
    2. View Settings and select AmazonSmile.
    3. Follow the in-App instructions to complete the process.
    If you do not have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, update your App. Click here for instructions.

    AmazonSmile is not currently available for iOS users. We will notify AmazonSmile charities when it becomes available. 

  • Tuesday, November 19, 2019 10:45 AM | Anonymous

    Join us for our 30th Annual Conference

    PASAP is extremely excited and proud to partner with Caron for this year's conference as both organizations celebrate 30 years of service in supporting youth.

    This very special event is intended for professionals who work in support of and on behalf of children and adolescents. Attendees will gain broader professional development experiences as well as a wealth of resources and skills to address the needs of our youth. Top experts in their fields will present relevant and timely information throughout the conference that will enhance participants' ability to reduce the barriers to student learning and achievement.

    Our theme continues to be "One Student at a Time," which speaks to the important work we all do every day for the youth we support. As with the poignant story of the young person throwing the starfish back into the ocean one by one, Student Assistance Professionals do make a difference for each and every child, every day.

    Conference Information

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State College, Pennsylvania 16804 

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