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Preparing for the Unthinkable: An Interprofessional Symposium on School Safety

As part of a multi-year effort between the School of Education, School of Social Work and Department of Criminal Justice at Monmouth University, a symposium on school safety will be presented on Friday, March 8, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Pollak Theater.

The symposium will directly benefit future teachers, guidance counselors, speech language pathologists, school psychologists, school social workers and law enforcement officers in identifying, responding to, and following up on threats to the school community.  This particular symposium will be focusing on special needs children and coping mechanisms following a school threat.

Lieutenant Alex Vargas of the Los Angeles Police Department is the keynote speaker for the event.  He is currently the adjutant to the deputy chief of Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau.  His presentation will be followed by a panel discussion of local experts on this topic.

This is the second symposium on school safety that has been presented by education, social work and criminal justice.  It is part of a multi-year effort aimed at raising awareness and working towards concrete solutions regarding school safety and gun violence.

“This symposium is a direct outcome of the evaluation of our first symposium in September of 2018.  In their evaluation of the event, our attendees indicated they needed additional information on this issue”, said John Henning, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education.

Registration for the event is available online.  Lunch is included for participants.