Building the Heart of Successful Schools Conference
December 11-12, 2014
Chula Vista Resort, Wisconsin Dells
The theme this year will be on school climate. Keynote presenters will be Rick Phillips from Community Matters and Darrell "Coach D" Andrews.
PBIS Leadership Conference
August 19-20, 2014
Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells
This two-day conference will give you knowledge and experience at the Universal/Tier 1, Secondary/Tier 2 and Intensive/Tier 3 levels of implementation. Sessions will include information about:
- Family Engagement
- High Schools
- Tier 2/Tier 3 Supports
- Culturally Responsive Practices
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Suicide: Finding Hope
I was asked to prepare a short article for our last newsletter of the year, on Suicide Prevention that was different from what we had in past newsletters. I started by surfing the web and came upon a wonderful website titled Suicide: Finding Hope www.suicidefindinghope.com
I found this website to have a variety of small articles full of helpful references and resources. Some articles where your typical, that sited youth suicide statistics; "There are a variety of demographic factors that affect the prevalence of youth suicide. Among the larger ethnic groups in the U.S., European Americans have the highest rate of youth suicide, followed by African American youth and Latinos," written by David N. Miller, Ph.D.
There was an article by Barent Walsh, Ph.D., who wrote that "emerging evidence suggests that non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) is especially prone to social contagion influences (Walsh, 2006; Walsh & Doerfler, 2009, Nock, 2010). Youth may influence each other face to face or increasingly on the internet via chat rooms, message boards, and YouTube (Lewis et al. 2011). More specifically, many postings on YouTube show youth actively self-injuring on camera-which can be immensely triggering for others".
The one article that caught my attention most was Pesticides and Depression by Michael R. Rosmann, Ph.D. I live in an area surrounded by Mega Farms and am always concerned about air and water quality, I did not know I should also be concerned about depression because of what is sprayed in the are. Dr. Rosmann states that "acute exposures to pesticides produce headache, nausea, muscle twitching, diarrhea, and excessive salivation and sweating, difficulty breathing and severe exposures can lead to pulmonary edema, seizures and death. Some researchers have suggested when the depression that results from acute poisoning is treated with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (e.g., Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa and Luvox) there may to an increased risk of suicide".
I hope you find the website as informative as I did. Have a peaceful summer, Chris Kleiman, WiSHS Eastern Regional Coordinator.
Alcohol: Not Just Liquid Anymore
submitted by Carol Zabel, Western Regional Coordinator
A new product going by the brand name Palcohol got a rush of media attention recently. Palcohol is simply freeze-dried alcohol in powder form, packaged in small packets that promise an easy way to take a stiff drink on the go. Some health experts are concerned it could be easily misused or abused, with potentially dangerous consequences.
Palcohol's labels were approved by regulators at the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau earlier this spring, before that decision was abruptly rescinded. A spokes person from the Bureau revealed that the approvals were "issued in error."
Despite that stumbling block, Palcohol may still hit the market later this year. Regulators say they will reevaluate how much powder is in the packets and therefore the volume of alcohol each packet contains. Palcohol will need to resubmit the proposed labels to ensure the contents are explained clearly so consumers don't abuse or misuse the product.
The risk of abuse is high, experts say. The convenience of the
packets could encourage over-consumption of alcohol, as well as accidents caused by intoxication, such as drunken driving.
Dr. Kennon Heard, an ER doctor and medical toxicologist at the University of Colorado, said that because Palcohol is a new product there's a risk for inadvertent misuse by people unfamiliar with its potency.
"The other potential is that given the flavors it comes in, there's the potential for it to be very appealing to small children," he said. The makers of Palcohol say the powders will be available to taste like cocktails such as a cosmopolitan and margarita. Read more.
Believe it or not, drinking isn't the only way to consume alcohol: You can inhale it , too.
|Photo courtesy of Vaportini|
Recently, vapor alcohol was in the news when Maryland became the first state to ban the use of the Vaportini: an alcohol vaporizer. The $45 "complete kit" consists of a glass sphere supported by a pint-sized glass container with a votive candle at the bottom. The sphere sports a hole into which the spirit of your choice can be poured, and through which a straw is inserted to inhale vapors emitted from the candle-heated booze.
The vaporized alcohol retains distinct flavor of alcohol, but completely eliminates the harsh burn of a shot of liquid spirits. Your taste buds register the vapors much like they would a pungent wine or e-cigarette, but the effect is a faint, airy presence of booze-and a very brief aftertaste.
According to the Vaporizer inventor Julie Palmer, the limited volume of the Vaportini glass combined with the slow-burning nature of the candles ensures that the alcohol in a given spirit is evaporated very gradually. She clarified that this means it takes about 20 minutes to consume just an ounce of alcohol.
Inhaled alcohol enters the bloodstream directly through the lungs. That means it bypasses your stomach and liver-your body's only safeguards against alcohol poisoning. Because inhaled alcohol can't be forcibly expelled from the body like liquid can, it's much easier to overdose. Furthermore, according to a recent story in the New York Daily News, the dehydrating effect of inhaled alcohol can significantly increase your risk of infection.
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Read more on Maryland's ban
Don't Call Them Dropouts
- Students who leave school before graduating are stronger than popular opinion and current research literature describe. These strengths could, with the right supports, allow them to stay in school; and these abilities do, ultimately, help many to re-engage.
- Students who leave school before graduating are often struggling with overwhelming life circumstances that push school attendance far down their priority lists.
- Young people who leave high school need fewer easy exits from the classroom and more easy on-ramps back into education.
- Young people who leave high school emphasize how much peers, parents, and other adults matter.
- Everyone in a young person's life and community can do something to help.
- Surround the highest-need young people with extra supports.
- Create a cadre of community navigators to help students stay in school.
- Follow the evidence.
- Place young people in central roles in designing and implementing solutions that will work for their peers.
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|2014 WISH Professional Development Opportunities
Please visit our website calendar
often for updates and to register for events. We are currently planning for 2014-2015 trainings.
|6/19/14-6/20/14||PREPaRE Workshop 2 Crisis Intervention and Recovery: The Roles of the School-Based Mental Health Professional*||
|6/24/14||PREPaRE: School Crisis Prevention and Intervention||Wintergreen Resort-WI Dells|
|6/25/14-6/26/14||PREPaRE Workshop 2 Crisis Intervention and Recovery: The Roles of the School-Based Mental Health Professional*||Wintergreen Resort-WI Dells|
*Graduate Credit Available
All events are contingent upon a minimum number of participants needed to hold event.
Coming in 2014-2015
We are busy planning 2014-2015 trainings. As logistics are finalized, more information and registration will be available on our website: www.wishschools.org
- October 13 & November 17, SBIRT*, CESA #7
- October 16 & November 20, 6+12 Training*, CESA #12
- October 22 & November 12, SBIRT*, CESA #2
- October 17, Emerging Drug Trends, The Waters, Minocqua
- October 17 & 23, 6+12*, CESA #6
- TBD, SBIRT*, CESA #4
- November 14, Emerging Drug Trends, CESA #5
- December 10, PREPaRE Workshop 1, Wisconsin Dells (Pre-conference BHSS)
- January-February, Cyberbullying- Words Wounds*, Online Book Study
- January 6 & February 9, SBIRT*,CESA #1
- February 27, Helping Students through Trauma & Loss, CESA #9
- February 26, Helping Students through Trauma & Loss, CESA #10
- January 30, PREPaRE Workshop 1, Mequon-Columbia St. Mary's Hospital
- January 30, Emerging Drug Trends, CESA #6
- January 21 & 22, PREPaRE Workshop 2*, CESA #7
- TBD, Helping Students through Trauma & Loss, CESA #8
- TBD March 11 &12, PREPaRE Workshop 2*, CESA #8
- TBD, PREPaRE Workshop 2*, CESA #11
- April 24, Emerging Drug Trends, CESA #10
- Coming Spring 2015, Online AODA Course*
- June 17 & 18, 2015, Helping Students through Trauma & Loss*, CESA #6
*Graduate Credit Available for fee through Viterbo University