A comprehensive, school-based crisis intervention program can do a great deal to prevent teenage suicide, and to help the school community survive if a tragedy cannot be averted. In this important book, Scott Poland, who has written and lectured extensively on the topic, provides professionals with practical, step-by-step guidelines for setting up and maintaining such a program. Including numerous illustrative case examples, the book emphasizes the role played by all school personnel in suicide intervention and prevention. It is an invaluable resource for school psychologists, counselors, teachers, and administrators.
“This is an excellent book and is strongly recommended for anyone in the field....The author has drawn from h is academic and clinical experience and meshed these two worlds into a most readable and effective textbook. This text is valuable for school psychologists, counselors, and administrators who may have to deal with suicide. It is also a very useful text for all mental health practitioners.”
—Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment
“This is a must read book....There is something for every school social worker in this book no matter what grade level they serve.”
—School Social Work Journal
2. INCIDENCE. Reported Cases and Estimates of Unreported Cases. What Type of Student Commits Suicide? Summary.
3. A CASE STUDY. School Days 1 through 6. Postscript.
4. FORCES AND FACTORS IN TEEN SUICIDE. Family Factors. Precipitating Events. Depression. Substance Abuse. Dungeons and Dragons. Runaways and Suicide. Youths' Concepts of Death. Temporal Variables. The Imaginary Audience. Manipulation and Attention-Getting Behavior. Differences Between Adolescents and Adults Who Attempt Suicide. Poetry, Essays, and Other Written Work. Parents as Models. Suicide Methods. The Influence of Music. The Influence of Motion Pictures and Television. Summary.
5. THE SCHOOL'S ROLE IN PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION. A Successful Intervention. Overview of the School's Role. Gaining Administrative Support. A Model of Suicide Intervention. Getting the Program Underway. Developing the In-Service Training Session for School Personnel. Assessment. No-Suicide Contracts. Suicide Attempts at School. Care for the Caregiver. Confidentiality. Parent Noti-fication. Referral to Community Services. Discipline and the Suicidal Student. Rural Schools. Special Education Model. Involvement of Parent Organizations and Community Outreach. The School Library. Status of School Prevention Programs. Summary.
6. LIABILITY AND LEGAL ISSUES. When are the Schools Liable?: An Examination of Various Cases. How Can School Personnel Protect Themselves? Summary and Recommendations.
7. LEGISLATION. Efforts at the National Level. Efforts in Individual States. Summary and Conclusions.
8. THE SCHOOL AND POSTVENTION. Case Study 1. Case Study 2. Postvention Procedures. Frequently Asked Questions about Postvention. Suicide at School. Children as Survivors at Schools. School Helplines or Hotlines. Contagion.
9. DEALING WITH THE MEDIA. Guidelines. Discussion.
10. CURRICULUM. Curriculum Development: An Example. Mental Health Information. Do Curriculum Presentations Plant the Idea of Suicide? The Situational Nature of Suicide. When Should Curriculum Presenta-tions Begin? Qualities of the Teacher. Parental Permission. Audience Size. Examples of Curriculum Approaches. Presentations in One Class Period. Role Plays. Information for Faculty. Information for Parents. Use of Films. When Survivors Participate in Presentations. Summary.
11. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS.
12. RESOURCES. The American Association of Suicidology. Other National Information Sources. Publishers of Books on Suicide. School Program Guides. Journals. Books on the School's Role in Suicide Prevention. Curriculum Guides. Film and Media Resources.
About the Author:
Scott Poland, Ed.D., is the Director of Psychological Services for Cypress-Fairbanks ISD (Houston, Texas), has been selected as a finalist for the National School Psychologist of the Year Award. Scott's primary interest is school crisis intervention.