Parenting Suicide Prevention

Where: Polson High School Auditorium  

When: Monday August 27, 6:30-8:00 pm

St. Ignatius Staff and Parents are Invited to Attend - Thank you Polson School District

Parenting in a Challenging World: It is the Screen Age

By Dr. Scott Poland


Children today live in a very fast paced world and technological world and spend many hours daily on their screens. Many children have also experienced traumatic events. The presenter has over 30 years experience working with children and schools on a daily basis and in the aftermath of many tragedies including Columbine and Parkland. He is a warm and dynamic speaker whose presentations are known for their practicality.

Dr. Poland is committed to the belief that parents play a critical role in safeguarding their children while also building resiliency in them for the inevitable times that they will be challenged. He will share many practical examples of parenting children of all ages.   Parents will learn to identify at-risk behaviors and emphasis will placed on suicide prevention as unfortunately suicide is a leading cause of death for children. Parents will be encouraged to collaborate with schools and community agencies if they identify at risk behaviors for their child.

The World Health Organization has outlined critical factors for safeguarding children and building resiliency and success. These factors and many helpful tips for raising children in today’s challenging world will be shared with the audience.




Presenter:  Dr. Scott Poland is a Professor at the Center for Psychological Studies and the Co-Director of the Suicide and Violence Prevention Office at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


 He an internationally recognized expert on youth suicide, school crisis and prevention and has authored five books on these subjects.  He previously directed psychological services for a large Texas school system for 24 years and is a past President of the National Association of School Psychologists and a past Prevention Division Director of American Association of Suicidology. He is very dedicated to prevention and has testified about the mental health needs of children before the U.S. Congress on four occasions. He is a founding member of the National Emergency Assistance Team and has personally assisted school communities after 16 school shootings and numerous suicide clusters.