Amanda McAuley

In the Trenches: Lessons Learned in Creating, Vetting, and Implementing a District Suicide Prevention Policy 

Amanda McAuley obtained both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Social Work from Saint Louis University. She is an experienced school social worker at an alternative high school where she provides direct support to students and families including crisis intervention, individual counseling, and linkage to community resources. Amanda also facilitates workshops in the areas of social emotional learning, coping skills, and understanding the impacts of trauma. Her areas of interest include incorporating trauma informed principles into school settings and resilience building through mindfulness and yoga.

Participants will explore one school district’s journey as they revised the policy, regulation, and assessment tools related to responding to potential suicidal behaviors among students.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify key stakeholders.
  • Explore current research and best practices in the school setting.
  • Examine the Risk Screening Form, Risk Assessment Tool, User Guide, and Parent Information Guide
  • Discuss training, implementation, and staff supports.

McCauley-Show Me You Care 2017