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

Amanda Detterline – 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. Let’s Talk Cannabis – Lessons Learned From Colorado to California

Emerging statistics reveal increases in adolescent marijuana consumption among states that have legalization, such as Colorado, are showing a direct need to shift how we educate our young people. Whether from media, peers, parents, or teachers, adolescents are finding themselves in a cluster of mixed messages regarding marijuana use and its effects.  The reduced perception of harm directly correlated to legalization now demands new approaches, strategies, and education to help adolescents make informed decisions about marijuana.

The Marijuana Education Initiative (MEI) was created to address post-legalization adolescent marijuana issues with the mission of supporting preventive marijuana education.  This research-based curricula is specific to marijuana and promotes adolescent understanding of the differences between adult and youth cannabis use, and medicinal versus recreational use.

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


5. The World of Gangs & Narcotics

Topics of the pre-conference will be related to gang laws and enhancements, evolution of a gang member, graffiti, hand signs, and proper documentation. Narcotic topics to include identifications, risks of use, symptomology, and how to remain safe when dealing with narcotics.


Presenters: Deputy Jon Larson –  Deputy Gil Dorado and –  Sergeant Lang – Orange County Sheriff’s Department


Orange County Sheriff's Department