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Conference 2013

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Announcing NAPSA’s

2013 Annual Conference

October 13-16, 2013

Rock and Roll with NAPSA

Doubletree Cleveland Downtown-Lakeside

Sunday October 13, 2013

Conference Speakers:

AC4Poriginated at Virginia Tech. In the aftermath of the April 16th, 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech, Shane M. McCarty and other student leaders joined Professor Dr. E. Scott Geller to initiate the Actively Caring for People (AC4P) Movement designed to establish a more civil, compassionate, and inclusive culture by inspiring intentional acts of kindness. Since 2008, the AC4P Movement has spread nationwide, empowering students, teachers, administrators, staff members, parents, and community members to apply psychological-science principles to enrich their culture.

The AC4P approach has been applied proactively to cultivate cultures of compassion in educational settings, from elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and colleges/universities. Additionally, AC4P has enabled the students and faculty of Chardon High School to lead the AC4P Movement as part of their healing process in the wake of their 2012 school shooting.


Linda Alberda and her chocolate Lab service dog and registered therapy dog, Hardy, responded to Chardon High School the day after the tragic school shooting there February 27, 2012. Recognizing the critical difference between therapy and crisis response work, she immediately contacted members of a National K9 Crisis Response Team requesting training so that she and other therapy dog teams could be better prepared to help the Chardon students, staff, family and community members. Linda and Hardy are part of the Crisis Response K9 team that continues to support Chardon as they are needed. They also had the opportunity to respond to Newtown, CT last January and then Boston a few days after the bombing there. Additionally, they do therapy visits to special education classes and participate in reading programs.






Dr. Kathleen Conn’sspecial fields of interest and expertise in law are in the areas of First Amendment rights of students in K-12 public schools, public schools’ legal responses to technology misuse and bullying, including cyberbullying, and peer sexual harassment in schools. She has authored two books published by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), and numerous articles published in law reviews and educational journals.


Michael A. Douglasis the president and founder of Diversity Initiative, Inc. From 1993 through 1998, Mr. Douglas served as the Title VI Coordinator for Nordonia Hills City Schools in Northeastern Ohio. In 1998, he founded his own business in order to deliver education and support to a wider number of public and private organizations. Nordonia Hills remains one of many institutions that use Mr. Douglas’ services to advance positive interaction and communication across racial, cultural, socio-economic, and gender-based boundaries.



Supervisory Special Agent James Kyle isa twenty-six year veteran of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. SSA Kyle is presently an instructor in the Investigative Training Unit, at the FBI Academy, in Quantico, Virginia.


Pat Lyden is the Executive Director and CEO of the Suicide Prevention Education Alliance.



Christina Henagen Peer, Esq.focuses her practice on school law as well as labor and employment law. Christina represents boards of education in all facets of education law. She provides counsel to boards of education on student discipline, collective bargaining agreements, employee grievances, employee evaluations and discipline issues, the First Amendment, public records requests including Sunshine Law issues, record retention policies, social media issues, residency and custody disputes and the drafting and implementation of board policies. With a particular emphasis on special education law, Christina counsels boards of education on all aspects of state and federal laws relating to the education of disabled students.


In 2009 and 2010, Christina was recognized as a Rising Star by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine, a distinction that recognizes the top 2.5 percent of Ohio lawyers under the age of 40 or those in practice for 10 years or less. She also appears in The Best Lawyers in America 2012.



Susan Hastings, Esq.currently serves on Squire Sanders (US) LLP’s global board. Her practice focuses on education, labor and employment law.  Susan represents boards of education throughout Ohio in the areas of special education, student discipline, Public Records Act, Open Meetings laws, ethics and constitutional law.  She has been involved in the area of special education for 28 years, working with school districts in varying roles including advisory, participating in team meetings, assisting in dispute resolution via mediation, and successfully representing districts in legal proceedings brought under the IDEIA including complaints filed with the Office for Exceptional Children, the Office for Civil Rights and due process hearings.  She also represents boards of education in all employment matters including collective bargaining, contracts, and reductions in force, terminations, arbitrations and administrative hearings before federal and state agencies. Susan has successfully defended a range of employment litigation matters including claims brought under Title VII, the ADA, the FMLA, and state law.



Chardon Schools Staff: Andy Fetchik has been the head principal at Chardon for the last four years.  Throughout his educational career, he has served as an Athletic Director, Assistant Principal and Teacher.  As Principal of Chardon High School, Andy was present the day of the tragedy and will be able to share insights as it relates to the student body and staff.

Kimm Leininger, Executive Director United Way, has been the Director for Geauga County’s United Way for several years.  As a resident of Chardon she has served the community by organizing relief efforts as a result of natural disasters and was instrumental in organizing efforts with the Chardon Schools.

April Siegel-Green, Director of Student Services, has been with Chardon for the last six years as the Director of Pupil Services.  Throughout her 28 years in education, all 28 have revolved in positions related to Special Education either as an intervention specialist, interpreter, work study coordinator or supervisor of programs.  In her current position she manages and oversees programs related to all students within the Chardon system and as a result of the tragedy has taken on additional roles in addressing the healing needs of the district and community.

Dave Rogaliner, Elementary School Principal (Hambden) has been with Chardon for the last six years as one of four elementary principals.  While not present in the building on the day of the tragedy, Dave brings to the group an insight into the needs of the children
in which he serves.




Pat Lyden is the Executive Director & CEO of Suicide Prevention Education Alliance (SPEA). The agency’s mission is to prevent suicide by teaching young people to recognize the warning signs of suicide and to seek professional help for themselves and others. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for American teens.

Pat has worked for a variety of small and large organizations, always on behalf of children. She holds a Master’s degree in Child & Family Studies from Syracuse University and a B.A. in Child Development & Family Relations from The Ohio State University.


SPEA received NAMI Greater Cleveland’s 2012 Eugene Brudno Memorial Organization Award for outstanding achievement and innovative work on behalf of those with mental illness and their families. In addition, SPEA received the 2012 Roslyn Z Wolf Award for Youth, Family & Education from the National Council of Jewish Women, Cleveland Section for impacting the quality of life of Cleveland families, and for constructive value for youth/education betterment for the children of Greater Cleveland.



Bellaruth Naparstek is a Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer. Belleruth is the creator of the popular, 55-title, Time Warner Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her first book, Staying Well with Guided Imagery (Warner) is a widely used primer on imagery and healing. Her second book, Your Sixth Sense (Harper Collins) has been translated into 9 languages, with a new 2009 edition just released. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award and was released in paperback January of 2006. Highlighted in their 20th anniversary edition of their seminal book, Courage to Heal, Ellen Bass and Laura Davis call Invisible Heroes “the most useful book for trauma survivors to be published in the last decade”.


Dr. Daniel Nelson is a recognized authority in counseling children and families who have experienced trauma — from natural and man-made disasters to abuse. After the September 11th attacks in New York City, Nelson, along with other psychiatrists and psychologists, provided assistance to many victims’ families.

In addition, Dr. Nelson supervised the Family Notification Center after the Oklahoma City bombing, which he designed to provide comprehensive psychological support to minimize the effects of trauma in that city. Nelson, who directs the inpatient child psychiatric unit at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, also provides training and education in response to trauma. In 1999, he worked with teachers and counselors following a tornado that killed four people in the Cincinnati area and destroyed dozens of homes.

Dr. Nelson is on the advisory board for the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement



Andrea Purnell is the Communications and Artistic Director at the Missouri Institute of Mental Health (MIMH), a department of the University of Missouri St. Louis. On behalf of the MIMH, she uses her background in the arts to educate the community on matters related to mental health through a variety of

creative programming. Andrea holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from Fontbonne University and is currently pursuing a certification in sign language with an emphasis in Deaf theater. Andrea is certified in both the Youth and Adult version of Mental Health Fist Aid and is currently

assisting in the development of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing module.


Dr. Stephen Sroka isan Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Case Western Reserve University, and President of his company, Health Education Consultants. He has worked in schools (K-12) worldwide for over 30 years.

Dr. Steve delivers cutting edge information and skills in an entertaining, motivating, and inspirational presentation that lets theory translate into practice. Dr. Sroka’s spirited programs bring to life the belief that you have the Power of One to change schools, communities and lives to help make sure that no child is left on his or her behind. His presentations change your life professionally and personally. You will never look at another child the same. He has been on Oprah and covered in USA TODAY.


Conference Agenda

Sunday, October 13




1:00-2:30 P.M. Opening Session –Keynote Speaker

Dr. Stephen Sroka The Power of One”


A high energy, multimedia, motivational presentation that is research-driven and reality-based about how you can help keep our students safe and healthy so that they can learn more and live better. It stresses the importance of relationships and mental health within the concept of the whole child. It addresses the challenges of communication, collaboration, culture and caring. It offers honesty, humor and hope. This presentation changes your life professionally and personally. You have the Power of One to change the future. Let’s start today!

2:15-4:15 P.M. Session Two – Keynote Speaker

Action Caring People (AC4P) –

Empowering Students to Enhance School Culture”


4:30-6:30 P.M. Session Three – Keynote Speaker

Supervisory Special Agent James Kyle (FBI)

“Cyber Technology, Youth, Sex & Schools in 2013”

The program will focus on social networking as it relates to school and the “educational environment. Having a vast and wide range of expertise in serial sexual offenders, specifically pedophiles, SSA Kyle will address how social networking creates opportunities for the offender and, in turn, for those who have to protect children.



6:30 – 8:00 P.M. President’s Reception



Monday, October 14

8:00 A.M-3:00 P.M. Registration


8:30 – 10:30 A.M. Keynote Speaker

Christina Henagen-Pier, Esq.

School Safety vs. Student Rights – Navigating Complex Legal Issues

While Keeping Students Safe at School

In the wake of tragic school shootings and the rise of cyber-bullying, student safety, both physical and emotional, has become a critical issue for educators. While teachers and administrators would like to use any means necessary to keep students safe, their efforts often clash with laws designed to protect student rights in other areas. In attempting to provide a safe educational environment, schools must navigate the legal quagmire of free speech, off-campus and online conduct, search and seizure, school resource officers, and special considerations for students with disabilities. This presentation will provide an overview of prominent school safety issues and take a look at the response of various courts to district actions. Attendees will come away with an understanding of what happens when the rights of students to be safe and secure in their persons comes face to face with their rights under the First Amendment, Fourth Amendment, and other federal laws.



10:45 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Keynote Speaker

Dr. Kathleen Conn

This presentation will examine the elements of bullying and cyberbullying, the differences between bullying and teasing, and the steps that the judicial system, state legislatures, and the federal government have taken and are taking to stem this tide of students’ technology misuse.


12:00 – 1:30 P.M. Lunch on your Own


1:30 – 2:45 P.M. Focus Sessions

Chardon Schools and Staff


This presentation will describe the aftermath as a result of the shooting tragedy at Chardon Local Schools in Chardon, Ohio (a rural community comprised of four townships, spanning 88 square miles in NE Ohio).  In addition presenters will bring their perspective opinions as to the needs and supports of their constituents as well as the result of the community pulling together as “One Heartbeat” to address the needs of everyone, then and now.  Finally the presenters will provide the audience with specific do’s and don’ts with regards to establishing plans in school districts across the country.  Time will be set aside for questions and answers as well as audience participation.



3:00 – 5:00 P.M. Keynote speaker

Susan Hastings, Esq.

Legal Issues /Exceptional Student Education (ESE)”



Tuesday, October 15


8:30 – 10:30 A.M. Keynote Speaker

Dr. Daniel Nelson “Crisis Adaptation”


Dr. Nelson will review fundamentals of helping individuals, schools, and the community strategies to enhance adaptation to crisis tragedy and disaster. There will be a focus on interpersonal and clinical tools as well as a developmental perspective.


10:45 A.M.-12:00 P.M. Focus Sessions

Linda Alberda“Kids’ Best Friends: Using Therapy & Crisis Response Dogs in Schools”


This presentation will focus on the use of therapy dogs in a variety of classrooms with different age groups as well as the critical role Crisis Response Dogs can have following a tragedy or disaster at school or within a community. We will examine the differences between therapy and crisis response teams and why they are critical to the successful support of students and staff.

Pat Lyden “Recognizing Teen Depression and Preventing Suicide”


Suicide Prevention Education Alliance (SPEA) prevents suicide by teaching teens to recognize the warning signs of suicide – and to encourage those at risk to seek help from a mental health professional. In most cases, the depression that so often precedes suicide is both recognizable and treatable. Suicide is our most preventable form of death, according to David Satcher, MD, former Surgeon General of the United States. Yet, in the United States, suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people 15-24 years old.


SPEA’s signature program, Recognizing Teen Depression and Preventing Suicide, has been taught to more than 120,000 students in 160 NE Ohio schools and community organizations. Students learn to identify friends who may be suffering from major depression and/or may be at risk of suicide; how to respond; and where to refer. Additionally,

students are encouraged to self-identify, which they often do. Evidence-based research validates our program’s success. At-risk youth seek treatment early – thereby preventing suicide and enabling recovery, allowing young people to live healthy, productive lives.


SPEA teaches skills which enable teens to be the “first line of defense” in preventing suicide – skills they can use throughout their lives.


12:10 – 12:50 P.M.NAPSA Luncheon & Business Meeting

(Included in conference fee)

12:50-1:45 Youth performance of “I Have a Secret”

This 40 minute student performance has been produced by Michael A. Douglas, president of Diversity Initiatives, Inc., It is designed to raise community awareness of bullying, Increase understanding of a school district’s legal compliance responsibilities in relation to this critical diversity issue and provide sensitivity training for identifying and resolving bullying-related conflicts in your school.


1:45 – 3:15 P.M.Focus Sessions

• Linda AlberdaKids’ Best Friends: Using Therapy & Crisis Response Dogs in Schools”

Pat Lyden Suicide Prevention Alliance


3:30 – 5:30 P.M. Guided Tour of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Optional)

6:00-9:00 P.M. Dinner Cruise (Optional)

Wednesday, October 16


8:00-8:30 A.M. Breakfast Buffet/ Prizes


8:35-10:00 A.M. Focus Sessions

Bellaruth Naparkik “Guided Imagery: Simple Tools & Tricks for Self-Care & Renewal”

Sometimes it’s hard to keep our hearts in it, when we’re trying to squeeze long-term planning into a fast-paced day of solving problems, putting out brush fires, and dealing with difficult people. Guided imagery offers several quick and easy ways to regain balance, calm and focus – sometimes in a matter of seconds.

 Belleruth will explain how guided imagery works for relaxation, concentration and inspiration, and will demonstrate several kinds. Evidence based, powerful and practical, it can be deployed quickly and easily throughout the day or night for maximum benefit. You’ll also see evidence of its efficacy with kids and adults, men and women, high performers and strugglers.

Andrea Purnell – Missouri Department of Mental Health “Mental Health First Aid”

Mental Health First Aid is an in-person training designed for anyone to learn about mental illnesses and addictions, including risk factors and warning signs. Similar to CPR, participants learn a 5-step action plan to help people who are developing a mental health problem or in crisis. It is a low-cost, high-impact program that emphasizes the concept of neighbors helping neighbors. Studies have found that people trained in Mental Health First Aid reduce negative perceptions and attitudes about people with mental illness and addictions. Mental Health First Aiders have more confidence in helping others and a greater likelihood of advising people to seek professional help. “People often don’t seek care for their addictions and mental illnesses because they don’t know where to go or what to do. Mental Health First Aid gives them local resources and points them in the right direction,” Rosenberg explained. Mental Health First Aid USA has been delivered to more than 100,000 Americans through a network of 3,500 instructors. The training is intended for people from all walks of life, including social and human services agency staff; law

enforcement and corrections officers; nursing home staff; outreach workers; volunteers; school staff, counselors, and nurses; clergy and members of faith communities; employers and human resources professionals; and families. To get involved in Mental Health First Aid, find a course in your community or learn how to become an instructor please visit

10:15-11:30 A.M. Repeat of the Above Focus Sessions


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Doubletree Cleveland Downtown-Lakeside is conveniently located just off I-90, overlooking the shores of Lake Erie. It offers close proximity to popular Cleveland attractions. The hotel is within walking distance of Cleveland Browns Stadium and is the closest hotel to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. There is a scheduled complimentary shuttle service (based on availability) to downtown Cleveland.

Offering Reasonable Room Rates ($125 +tax)

**Hotel Reservations**

The Doubletree Cleveland Downtown-Lakeside is offering rooms at special NAPSA rate of $125 per night plus tax. If rooms are available, the conference rate is available three days prior to the conference and three days after the conferencePlace your reservations by September 12 to obtain the NAPSA discount. For reservations call 216-241-5100 and identify yourself as part of the NAPSA group.

Registration fee has not increased since 2008

  • President’s Reception on Sunday
  • Business Luncheon on Tuesday
  • Breakfast Buffet on Wednesday


Above are included in your registration.

The NAPSA 2013 Conference offers unmatched quality in an interpersonal environment. NAPSA 2013 will meet your professional needs.