Onsite Training

Public Safety Implications of Teenage Suicide: Recognizing the Signs and Developing a Strategy
Presenter: Joseph J. Marchese

Since shootings at Columbine High School in 1999 and the subsequent events at Virginia Tech, our nation continues to experience knee jerk responses to school safety. But one of the most ignored areas in violence prevention is identifying suicidal behavior in teens. In a report by the FBI about school shooters, it was found that almost all of the school shooters were suicidal at the times of their acts. In fact, more teens commit suicide than perpetrate acts of lethal violence. Yet few schools or agencies have programs to teach teachers, parents, criminal justice professionals, and students how to recognize suicidal behavior in teens.

The supervision of juvenile offenders in the community puts probations officers in contact with many suicidal or potentially suicidal juveniles. Since these troubled kids not only pose a danger to them, but also to the community, probation officers need to be familiar with suicide risk factors, warning signs, and intervention strategies. This workshop will stress the interrelated roles between the schools, parents, human services, and criminal justice agencies in identifying and reducing threats posed by suicidal behavior to the individual student and the community. The training is geared towards: Probation and Juvenile Service Officers, Supervisors, Administrators and Trainers.

At the completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Explain the scope and impact of the teen suicide problem in the U.S. and how it can impact community supervision
  • Identify teen suicide risk factors and warning signs
  • Describe the methods of intervention that are available to an officer who is dealing with a suicidal teen
  • Use techniques for evaluating a teenager for suicidal risks
  • Describe the sources of information that are available to an officer to determine whether a teen is suicidal
About the Presenter
Joseph J. Marchese
J.J. Marchese & Associates
6 Jessica Court
Latham, NY 12110

( 4 hours )

To request site-specific training, email Diane Kincaid or call APPA at (859)244-8196.

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