Summer ASPA 2022
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The Arkansas School Psychology Association invites you to join us for Summer ASPA 2022! Join us on June 9th and 10th to learn about school safety and suicide prevention from 7:30 am – 4:00 pm (CST). 6 hours of NASP and ADE approved CPD are available for each day!
Who: Karen Curtner, Rich Lieberman & Scott Poland What: School Safety and Suicide Prevention
Where: Central Baptist Church, Jonesboro Campus (Presentations)
3707 Harrisburg Rd, Jonesboro, AR 72404
Westside Middle School (tour on June 9th)
1800 AR-91, Jonesboro, AR 72404
When: June 9th – 10th 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
How much: $160 for both days
8:30-8:45: Welcome: President Michael Watson 8:45-10:30: Keynote Address: Karen Curtner 10:45-11:30: Tour Westside
11:30-1:00: Lunch (on your own)
1:00-4:00: Scott Poland and Rich Lieberman (School safety and Risk assessment)
8:30-11:30: Scott Poland and Rich Lieberman 11:30-1:00: Lunch (on your own)
1:00-4:00: Scott Poland and Rich Lieberman
*Schedule is subject to change.
Karen Curtner, Ed.d.:
Dr. Karen Curtner has worked in public education for 37 years and has currently served as the Assistant Superintendent for the last 12 years for Nettleton Public Schools in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Her former administrative experience includes serving as Director of Success Achievement Academy, and Principal at Westside High School after serving as Principal at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Her teaching experience includes teaching Family and Consumer Science at Brookland High School and Douglas MacArthur Junior High School in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
Throughout her career, she has received the Educational Leadership Outstanding Alumnus Award from Arkansas State University, the Arkansas Association of Elementary School Principals Distinguished Award in addition to being selected as one of Northeast Arkansas’ Most Fascinating Educators. She has served on A-State's College of Education Advisory Committee developing partnerships with international students and working with teacher education and principal programs. She has served over the years on the Advisory Board for Project Lift for Mid-South Health Systems, Crowley’s Ridge Development Council Board of Directors, the Arkansas Association of Alternative Education Board, and the Advisory Board of Action for Kids in Northeast Arkansas.
Due to her experience, she has been interviewed by local, state, and national radio, newspaper, and television networks and has made presentations at state, national and international conferences in Japan, China, Arkansas, Colorado, California, Illinois, Nevada, and Washington D.C. concerning school violence. She shares school safety and lessons learned with administrators, teachers, counselors, parents, students, police departments, school resource officers, and special operations.
She earned a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and a Master of Science in Educational Administration from Arkansas State University. She received a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Science from Harding University and an Associate of Arts Degree from Crowley’s Ridge College. She holds a license as a middle level and secondary teacher in addition to certification as a Principal, Curriculum Specialist, and District Administrator.
Scott Poland, Ed. d, NCSP:
Scott Poland, Ed.D, NCSP is a Professor at the College of Psychology and the Director of the Suicide and Violence Prevention Office for NSU Florida in Fort Lauderdale, FL. And he is a licensed psychologist is an internationally recognized expert on school safety, youth suicide, and school crisis prevention/intervention. He has authored or co-authored six books and many chapters and articles on these subjects and has served as a legal expert in several lawsuits. He also authored the Suicide Safer School Plan for the state of Texas, the Crisis Action School Toolkit-Suicide for the state of Montana and the Florida STEPS School Toolkit for Educators to Prevent Suicide. He previously directed psychological services for Cypress-Fairbanks ISD in Texas for 24 years and is a past President of the National Association of School Psychologists. He has testified about the mental health needs of children before the U.S. Congress on four occasions. He has received many awards including being named the most outstanding psychologist in Texas. Dr. Poland also has received the Houston Wage Peace Award and the Parkland Helping the Community Heal Award.
Richard Lieberman, MA, NCSP: Richard Lieberman MA, NCSP is a Lecturer in the Graduate School of Education at Loyola Marymount University and a Lead Suicide Prevention Consultant for the Los Angeles County Office of Education. From 1986- 2011 he coordinated Suicide Prevention Services for Los Angeles Unified School District. He has co-authored numerous book chapters, articles and curricula on suicide prevention in the schools; consulted nationally with districts and communities experiencing suicide clusters; served on the Steering Committee for the Suicide Prevention Resource Center and contributed to the SAMHSA Preventing Suicide and SPRC/AFSP After a Suicide school toolkit, and the AFSP & California Department of Education’s Model Youth Suicide Prevention Policy.