School Violence: Prevention and Intervention Strategies

Apr 11, 2014
9:30 am — 1:00 pm
D'Angelo Center 416A, Queens Campus
Open to Public
Registration Required
April 11, 2014 9:30 am

This workshop will prepare clinical and school-based professionals with effective prevention, intervention, and postintervention strategies with regard to school-related violence incidents. Practices and procedures relevant to a broad spectrum of education and mental health professionals will be explored. Specific areas to be addressed include warning signs for suicide and violence, social and psychological impact of trauma, counseling approaches in crisis intervention, identifying and intervening with victims and perpetrators of bullying, and the role of creative arts, memorialization, and survivor missions in fostering post-trauma adaptation. Counseling and programmatic initiatives which promote resiliency and positive school climates will be explored. Notable highlights of the Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) legislation will be reviewed. Seminar activities will include interactive group discussions, group analysis of crisis vignettes, and video presentations.

David Drassner, Ph.D.

Goals and Objectives

  1. To identify crisis situations, particularly those of a violent nature, which impact on school communities.
  2. To enhance knowledge of risk factors for self-injurious and aggressive behavior.
  3. To develop prevention and postvention strategies for crisis situations.
  4. To enhance participant knowledge of psychological manifestations of trauma and particularly presenting symptoms of Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.
  5. To develop skills in the organization and facilitation of a School Crisis Response Team.
  6. To identify and constructively address “hidden agendas” which are concomitants of school crisis events.
  7. To develop strategies in the identification of and intervention with victims and perpetrators of school bullying.
  8. To enhance skills in counseling strategies and multimodal group activities which facilitate positive adaptations in the aftermath of traumatic events.
  9. To increase knowledge of strategies for identifying and amplifying individual, interpersonal, organizational and community resiliency and growth in the aftermath of traumatic events.
  10. To highlight the mental health professional’s role as a consultant to non-clinicians in the aftermath of traumatic events.
  11. To identify school cohesion and social climate variables which can serve as a buffer against school violence.
  12. To identify and review the key components of Safe Schools Against Violence In Education Legislation (Project SAVE).
  13. In this seminar we will also cover relevant aspects of DASA, although a more comprehensive program in this regard is offered by the School of Education.

Schedule of Events

9:30 a.m.Registration
9:45 a.m.Welcome and Introduction: Rafael Javier Ph.D., ABPP and Patricia Pitta Ph.D., ABPP
10 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.Dr. Drassner's workshop
12:30 p.m. - 1 p.m.Audience Comments and Discussion

Registration Fees

TypeFee before February 7, 2010At the door
General Admission$45$50
Student (with valid/current ID)$20$25
Nassau County Psychological Association$35$40
STJ Alumni$35$40
Current STJ Psychology Graduate StudentsFREE**FREE**

Cancellation Policy
Cancellation up to 4 days prior the event will be subject to $15 administrative fee. No refund subsequently.

*We request that all Psychology graduate students attend.


For registration information complete this online form. If you have questions, call the office at 718-990-5460, email, or visit our website at development.

Continuing Education Credit

This program is sponsored by the Office of Post Graduate Professional Development Programs. Our office is approved by the New York State Department of Education as an official provider of this training.

Continuing Education and Professional Development Rationale:  St. John’s Post Graduate Professional Development Programs is committed to presenting relevant, comprehensive, and practical workshops for practitioners to be able to attend within their busy schedules.  Our goal is to enable mental health practitioners to obtain the latest information and skills in both theory and practice via attendance at our workshops and professional development series. 

Patricia Pitta, Ph.D., ABPP
Coordinator of Continuing Education and Professional Development

About the Presenters

Dr. David Drassner is an approved trainer for school violence prevention and intervention strategies and is a New York State Licensed Psychologist in private practice in Rockland County, N.Y. His practice encompasses such areas as crisis intervention, resiliency-focused therapy, adolescent/school concerns, individual/family counseling, school/agency consultation, employee assistance consultation, substance abuse, and professional development seminars. Dr. Drassner is the President/Clinical Director of the Rockland Resiliency Institute- a consultation organization providing professional development and consultation to clinicians, professional associations, schools, businesses, and community groups on maximizing human potential and coping with varied life challenges and transitions.  He has also served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor and Doctoral Practicum Supervisor in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University.  Dr. Drassner earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from New York University, and a M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University Teachers College.