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Two More School Shootings in the Past Week, NSU has a Subject Matter Expert Who Can Help Shed Light on These Tragic Situations

Released: 1/21/2014 3:00 PM EST
Source Newsroom: Nova Southeastern University
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Two More School Shootings in the Past Week - NSU Has a Subject Matter Expert Who Can Help Shed Light on These Tragic Situations - Why They Occur and What We Can Do to Stop Future Ones From Occurring

You can now add Purdue University and Delaware Valley Charter High School to the ever-growing list of schools that have experienced the unthinkable – an active shooter situation. Unfortunately, the issue of school violence and school shootings are becoming commonplace – so-much-so that a recent Google search required the entry of the year to narrow down the search for a particular incident of school violence.

What makes these individuals believe this is the only course of action left to them? And what can we, as a society, do to look for the warning signs to help avert such a tragic situation from taking place?

Nova Southeastern University is home to a nationally renowned expert in this subject who can provide answers to these questions, and more.

Scott Poland, Ed.D., a professor at Nova Southeastern University’s Center for Psychological Services, is a nationally recognized expert on school crisis, youth violence, suicide intervention, self-injury, school safety, threat assessment, parenting and the delivery of psychological services in schools. He is a founding member of the National Emergency Assistance Team for the National Association of School Psychologists and serves as the Prevention Director for the American Association of Suicidology. He has led multiple national crisis teams following numerous school shootings and suicides and has assisted schools and communities after terrorism acts in New York, Washington, D.C. and Oklahoma. Poland served as the team leader of the crisis response team sent to Jefferson County Public Schools during the aftermath of the Columbine High School shootings.

Poland is a Past President of the National Association of School Psychologists and was the Director of Psychological Services (1982-2005) for a large Texas school district that received numerous state and national awards for its exemplary psychological services. He has received many individual honors including being named a finalist for the national school psychologist of the year, named the most outstanding school psychologist in Texas twice and named most outstanding psychologist in Texas. He also received the Houston Wage Peace Award.

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