JULY 18: WORKSHOPS – 8:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.

All pre-conference workshops are included in the registration price of the conference.

1. Surviving an Active Shooter

It is difficult to escape the disturbing worldwide news about acts of terrorism, and random acts of violence. While the likelihood of these events occurring in any particular community is rare, no one can afford to think that “it can’t happen here.” The growing risk of an active shooter or a similar type of emergency reaching our organization is an issue that needs to be addressed.

In this three-hour session presented by retired police officer, Dean Waddell, Assistant Superintendent Jeff Youskievicz, and psychologist, attendees will learn what to expect and how to prepare for an active shooter emergency.  The Session will address the psychological factors of surviving an active shooter.  Most importantly, it will discuss the aftermath and what to expect emotionally/psychologically.  Mr. Youskievicz will elaborate on how to successfully implement (from an administrative point of view) policies and procedures that ensure the safety of employees before and after an incident occurs. He will address some of the unique challenges his district has encountered and the solutions.  Additionally, Mr. Waddell will address surviving the actual incident.  These tactics and strategies include:

  • Run, hide, fight – what that looks like for you at your office/workstation
  • Breathing techniques – how to stay calm and effective in a stressful situation
  • OODA Loop explained – how 1 second might save your life
  • The 21-foot rule
  • Concealment vs. Cover
  • Improvised weapons

These responses, and others covered in the class, will help you establish the highest level of safety for your employees


Presenter: –Dean Waddell –Senior Consultant, Loss Control Keenan & Associates



2. Digital Threat Assessment: How Publicly Available Social Media Can Be Utilized and Assessed to Ensure Safe Schools.

The vast majority of recent school violence attacks have had precursors leaked online in the form of social media posts. Knowing where, how, and when to look for this critical information is the current challenge this nation faces and it is one that we will thoroughly address. There are simple and free online tools and techniques that all those responsible for ensuring the safety in your schools need to be using on a regular basis.

Presenter: Theresa Campbell, –M.A. –President, Safer Schools Together



3. Protecting Our Students from Sexual Misconduct, Assaults, and Commercial Exploitation

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson opens this session featuring national and state experts discussing policies, protocols, and psychology of sexual misconduct in school settings. This pernicious trend impacts our most vulnerable youth psychologically, socially, physically, and academically. Presenters provide strategies and interventions to ensure easier and safer ways to identify, report, prevent, and respond to sexual misconduct and exploitation of children.



Tom Torlakson – State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education (CDE)

Eve Birge – Coordinated Student Support Division, Office of Safe and Healthy Students, U.S. Department of Education

Jeneé Littrell –  San Mateo County Office of Education, Safe and Supportive Schools Student Services Division;

Benjamin Greer – California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, Homeland Security Division/Human Trafficking

Special Agent – Federal Bureau of Investigation, Crimes Against Children Squad, Los Angeles

Jacie Ragland – CDE, Coordinated Student Support Division

Dr. Ron Nocetti – California Interscholastic Federation


California Department of Education

4. Legalization of Marijuana in California - Lessons Learned from Colorado

The underlying issue with legalization is related to youth usage. When you legalize a product, you significantly reduce the perception of harm of that product. Although the cognizance of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act directly impacts adults over 21, the indirect harm to those under 21 has been validated in other states, specifically Colorado.

The Marijuana Education Initiative (MEI) out of Colorado provides educators, schools, administrators, law enforcement, communities, and families information and resources to address the changing dynamics created by legalized marijuana.

MEI was created to address post-legalization youth marijuana issues, by designing and implementing marijuana specific curricula that shifts the dialogue and approach to youth drug prevention.

In this interactive workshop experts from MEI and NCADD-OC will provide participants with education about marijuana trends related to the adolescent population along with resources to address the changing dynamics created by marijuana legalization.  This workshop is ideal for law enforcement/school resource officers, school administration professionals, teachers, counselors, and therapists.



Sarah Grippa – Marijuana Education Initiative (MEI)

Phillip Falcetti, MPH National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence – Orange County (NCADD-OC)

Crystal Dillard, MA National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence – Orange County (NCADD-OC)


5. The World of Gangs & Narcotics

Orange County Sheriff's Department