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

Room: Catalina A1

A Look Through the Window

Striking a balance between readiness for active assailant incidents and the prevention of sexual abuse
and molestation cases.

Presenters: Bill Clayton, Director – IMReady, Dianna Poulin, Director – Loss Control, Brian Erdelyi,
Director of IMReady, Eric Olson, Senior Loss Control Advisor - IMReady

Room: Catalina A2

Common Campus Substance Abuse Issues

A variety of substances, both legal and illegal, surreptitiously infiltrate our schools and undermine the learning process. Studies show that teens who use dangerous substances are at greater risk of violence, overdose, addiction, dropping out of school, poor academic performance, suicide, early pregnancy, and seeking low-paying jobs. It also leads to an unsafe learning environment and lower overall school performance. To reduce these harmful effects, educators need to be on the lookout for the signs and symptoms of substance use and how to address it. We will focus on the substances teens often use at school, including vaping, marijuana, alcohol, medication, energy drinks, and the latest threat, fentanyl.

Presenter: Deputy Kyle Harriman – Orange County Sheriff’s Department

Room: Avalon 2

Crisis First Responder for Schools (CFR-S) Training - For When the Worst Happens

Despite planning, crisis still occur. IMReady’s CFR-S training provides school employees with the
knowledge, skills, and equipment necessary to potentially save lives.

Email: to register | Limit: 25 participants

Presenters: Eric Olson, Senior Loss Control Advisor – IMReady,and Brian Erdelyi, Director of IMReady

Room: Catalina A3

Navigating Resilience: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Moving Youth from Trauma to Wellness

A well-being program should be comprehensive so that it supports each person; students, teachers, counselors, administrators, SROs, no matter where they are on their wellness journey. Utilizing the ten dimensions of wellness, we’ll provide tools and resources to inspire school-based staff to incorporate these strategies into their MTSS and SEL curriculums. By integrating well-being with student mental wellness support services, we’ll describe how to create a holistic approach to fostering a positive and supportive educational environment.

Presenters: Phillip Falcetti, MPH, Ashley Laurell, Patricia Elizarraraz, LCSW, Bryn Desmarais, and Mohammed Forouzesh, Ph.D. 

– Partners4Wellness

Room: Catalina C1

Neurobiology of Restorative Practices in Education

Recent advancements in neuroscience have shed light on the neurobiological underpinnings of restorative practices and their profound impact on youth development, social-emotional adjustment, and addressing complex issues such as high-risk behavior and conflicts. Understanding the neurobiology behind restorative practices is essential for educators to effectively influence, empathy, and emotional regulation among individuals, particularly high-risk youth. We will explore the critical role of right brain-oriented restorative approaches in creating sustainable systems for positive change.

Session Components:

Right Brain Locomotion: Participants will explore the brain regions associated with restorative encounters, particularly those linked to emotional regulation and empathy development. Understanding the neurological basis of these processes is crucial for effective practice.

Restorative Alliance: The presentation will focus on the concept of the restorative alliance as a form of emotional communication between individuals' right brains. It will highlight the importance of establishing trust and vulnerability for successful restorative outcomes.

Accessing Frontal Lobes: This session will discuss how restorative practices create a safe environment that enables students to access their frontal lobes' executive functions. This access is vital for decision-making, problem-solving, and self-regulation.

Presenter: Carlos Alvarez, President/ Founder – Los Angeles Institute For Right Brain Practices and Research & T-NARC

Room: Catalina C2

Social Media and Youth: Threats and Solutions

Threats and Solutions provides an in-depth look for professionals who work in child safety and how teens use social media apps and other social networking platforms.

This presentation explores the unique threats that exist online: cyberbullying, impersonation, identity theft, sexting, sexual predators, human trafficking, digital reputation management, pornography, and other high-risk behaviors. The second half of the presentation will show how to keep children safe online by using various techniques and resources.

Course Topics:

Risks associated with popular social media sites:
1. How sex predators use social media to contact children
2. Social media, depression and self-harm
3. How to identify online human trafficking recruitment
4. The role of pornography and human trafficking and how to talk to young people about online pornography.
5. Practical steps to keeping children safe online.

Presenter: Clayton Cranford, Founder – Cyber Safety Cop