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  • Tuesday, June 30, 2020 2:00 PM | Courtney Jacoby (Administrator)

    Prevent Suicide PA is pleased to have Dr. Sean Joe, of Washington University in St. Louis, discuss the emerging science on patterns and trends of suicidal behavior among black children and adolescents in the U.S. to ring the alarm for increased equity in our science.  He will discuss the patterns and trends of suicidal behavior of ethnic minority populations in the U.S. and around the world.  Dr. Joe will also discuss what needs to be done to bring equity to the research workforce, infrastructure, as well as the prevention, treatment, and intervention literature.  The implication for using an equity lens in the distribution and effectiveness of clinical practice and preventative interventions will also be discussed.   

    The webinar login link will be sent electronically to registered participants.

    Register Here

  • Tuesday, June 16, 2020 8:34 AM | Terry Kerr (Administrator)

    December 7 - 11, 2020
    Virtual Event

    This high quality event will offer professional development focused on school safety, bullying prevention, emergency and crisis response, and other relevant topics. Hear state and national experts present the latest research and trends in school safety, youth violence prevention, evidence-based program models, promising practices, and more.

  • Monday, June 15, 2020 11:47 AM | Terry Kerr (Administrator)

    The Pennsylvania Association of School Personnel Administrators (PASPA), would like to invite you to a webinar – Protecting the School Workplace: How to Reopen Safely and Address Safety Concerns, hosted by Fox Rothschild. This webinar is scheduled for June 25, 2020 from 1:30-3:30 and is free to PASPA members.  Non-PASPA members may register for a small fee of only $29. Come learn from the Fox Rothschild team important items you should be considering regarding  your safety plan and your reopening of operations.  Click on the link below to register:

  • Wednesday, November 20, 2019 4:10 PM | Terry Kerr (Administrator)

    If you are an AmazonSmile customer, you can now support Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals in the Amazon shopping app on your Android device! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

    1. If you have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, open the App on your Android device.
    2. View Settings and select AmazonSmile.
    3. Follow the in-App instructions to complete the process.
    If you do not have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, update your App. Click here for instructions.

    AmazonSmile is not currently available for iOS users. We will notify AmazonSmile charities when it becomes available. 

  • Tuesday, November 19, 2019 10:45 AM | Terry Kerr (Administrator)

    Join us for our 30th Annual Conference

    PASAP is extremely excited and proud to partner with Caron for this year's conference as both organizations celebrate 30 years of service in supporting youth.

    This very special event is intended for professionals who work in support of and on behalf of children and adolescents. Attendees will gain broader professional development experiences as well as a wealth of resources and skills to address the needs of our youth. Top experts in their fields will present relevant and timely information throughout the conference that will enhance participants' ability to reduce the barriers to student learning and achievement.

    Our theme continues to be "One Student at a Time," which speaks to the important work we all do every day for the youth we support. As with the poignant story of the young person throwing the starfish back into the ocean one by one, Student Assistance Professionals do make a difference for each and every child, every day.

    Conference Information

  • Monday, October 14, 2019 4:39 PM | Terry Kerr (Administrator)

    It is with extremely heavy hearts that we announce the passing of PASAP Board Director, Joel Wentling. Joel passed away on Saturday, October 12, 2019 after courageously battling pancreatic cancer for the past eight months.  He was 51 years old. 

    Joel served on the PASAP Board of Directors for 13 years, representing the Northwest Region.  Elected to the board in 2006, he quickly demonstrated his passion for supporting children, especially those who were experiencing difficulties in school and at home.  As mentioned in his obituary, it was very clear that he loved his students and thought that it was important to understand kids, respect them and build relationships with them. He contributed greatly to the board over the years, serving as treasurer, chairman of the finance committee, and as an executive officer. 

    Joel was instrumental in the planning of our annual conference, participated in making important board decisions, and took pride in leading the planning for the Northwest Region Workshops for several years. 

    Joel served on the Crawford County Children’s Advisory Council and as a school counselor, assistant principal and most recently as a building principal during his 22 years in the Conneaut School District. 

    Joel was a wonderful man and even better friend. He will be missed greatly. He leaves behind his wife Michelle, son, Jamin, daughter, Mesa, and son, Justin Lewis and his wife Kylee.

  • Monday, September 23, 2019 11:51 AM | Anonymous

    Prevent Suicide PA announces the launch of the 2020 PSA Contest for Youth Suicide Prevention.

    We are happy to announce our eighth  Annual PSA Contest for Youth Suicide Prevention. Each year we receive creative and engaging submissions and are looking forward to this year’s entries.

    Whether you have submitted a PSA in past contests or are new to this process, please be sure to read the Rules for Submission document. 

    Any questions can be directed to

  • Tuesday, September 03, 2019 10:12 AM | Terry Kerr (Administrator)

    By Carolyn Welshonce - PASAP Board Director

    For years, I have been telling families that there is little they can do for their age 14 plus minor who might be resistant to receiving mental health services.  I was always under the impression that once a student reaches the age of 14, the student is then able to make all of their own mental health decisions, leaving their parents with their hands tied.  I then received documentation of Act No. 2004-147 (Senate Bill No. 137, Session of 2004) which was issued on June 29, 2018 and defines consent to mental health treatment for minor children.

    Act No. 2004-147 addresses minors who are 14 years of age but less than 18 years of age.  According to Act No. 2004-147 a parent is not able to deny services to a 14 year old student who is seeking mental health services.  This should be a rule that most of us are likely accustomed to; however, also according to Act No. 2004-147, a parent is now able to provide consent to outpatient treatment services without the consent of the minor.  I was always aware that parents were not able to deny services to a 14 year old student; however, I was very happy to see that this Act allows parents to arrange services for their 14 plus year old service-resistant minor.

    Here are some more details that you might be interested to learn.  A 14 year old plus minor is not able to object to voluntary outpatient services in which the parent has arranged.  At the same time, a parent is not able to object to voluntary outpatient services in which the student has arranged.  When looking at inpatient services, a student is still able to voluntarily consent to those services without parental consent.  A parent is also able to consent to inpatient services for their 14 year old plus minor without needing to initiate the involuntary treatment process.  If a 14 year old plus minor objects to an inpatient treatment service that a parent has initiated, he/she would have the ability to petition the court and request withdrawal from the treatment. 

    There are other components of Act No. 2004-147 that you might find useful as you work with these age 14 plus minors.  To read more about Act No. 2004-147 please follow this link: or contact the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Bureau of Policy, Planning and Program at 717-772-7900.  Thank you for all you do to help support all of our school aged students.  Have a wonderful year and remember to take time for your own self-care.
  • Thursday, August 29, 2019 3:16 PM | Terry Kerr (Administrator)

    This morning, for the first time in 37 years, United States Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams issued a Surgeon General's Advisory on marijuana, becoming the first Surgeon General to do so since former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop's in 1982.

    Joined by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Assistant Secretary for Health Admiral Brett Giroir, Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Dr. Elinore F. McCance-Katz, and Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute on Drug Abuse Dr. Nora D. Volkow, Surgeon General Adams hosted a national press conference to share the details of his Advisory on Marijuana Use and the Developing Brain. During the press conference, Surgeon General Adams urged health leaders and prevention advocates to convey that "no amount of marijuana use during pregnancy or adolescence is safe."

    In his Advisory, Surgeon General Adams asserts that "marijuana can impair learning in adolescents," with chronic marijuana use "linked to declines in IQ and school performance that jeopardizes professional and social achievements and life satisfaction." He goes on to emphasize that "marijuana use is also linked to risk for and early onset of psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia" and "adolescent marijuana use is often associated with other substance use."

    General Arthur T. Dean, CADCA's Chairman & CEO, was invited to attend the press conference, and his thoughts on the advisory are included in a press release issued today by CADCA. General Dean believes that " accordance with the science and medical research developed by NIH and endorsed by Surgeon General Adams, adolescent marijuana use is unsafe and can have extremely detrimental effects on the developing brain."

  • Thursday, July 11, 2019 9:26 AM | Terry Kerr (Administrator)

    The PA Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), in collaboration with the Penn State EPISCenter, the PA Department of Education (PDE), and the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency has developed a video training series entitled, School-Based Primary Prevention: A Key to Combating the Opioid Epidemic.  This training is intended to provide an overview of the opioid crisis and information on best practice and strategies schools can use to help prevent opioid misuse. This video series is comprised of 20 videos broken into 5 learning modules:

    • Module One:  The Real Truths of the Opioid Epidemic
    • Module Two:  Primary Prevention - The Big Picture
    • Module Three:  Essential Elements of Programs That Work
    • Module Four:  How to Incorporate Primary Prevention into the School Environment
    • Module Five:  What You Can Do to Help

    The training is available on PDE’s SAS Portal.  This will allow teachers/others to receive two Act 48 hours for completing the training.  The training can be used toward fulfilling professional development requirements related to Act 55 of 2017

    The training is also available on the DDAP and EPISCenter websites.  Each video is downloadable with the purpose of allowing individual videos to be incorporated into presentations, trainings, etc. others provide.

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