Dr. Christine Stein recently joined the Arizona Project AWARE team as Co-Coordinator and is a Suicide Prevention Specialist with AHCCCS. Christine has a master’s degree in public health and a doctorate in social policy. She brings considerable experience planning, implementing, and evaluating health and wellness programs and services, as well as working with schools, tribal communities, non-profit organizations, and government agencies.
Christine is welcomed to the team by other Project AWARE staff at both the Department of Education and the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System. The AWARE grant is managed through a partnership between the two state agencies. For more information about Project AWARE, visit: http://www.azed.gov/shs/projectaware/
Read about the recent legislation changes for suicide prevention trainings for school personnel:
On August 21, 2019, over 150 attendees participated in the CSTAG training presented by Dewey Cornell of Virginia Tech who developed the guidelines. School staff from 23 districts from across Arizona were present for the 6.5 hour training, The comprehensive school threat assessment guidelines were initially released in 2006 and became an evidence-based practice widely shared throughout the U.S. and Canada since 2013. In the one-day workshop, Dr. Cornell presented the rationale for a threat assessment, how to conduct a threat assessment, who is involved in a threat assessment team, and provided case studies and research to demonstrate the effective of the program. For more information about CSTAG, click HERE.
From August 22-23, 2019, a group of twenty-seven selected individuals from around the state attended a ‘training of trainers’ workshop under the guidance of Dr. Cornell. In the two-day span, the members received in-depth training of the materials presented on Monday, and a chance to discuss any components of the guidelines with Dr. Cornell. The trainers will soon be disseminating the CSTAG training to schools throughout Arizona. A website is currently being constructed so that schools may collaborate with a trainer to bring the CSTAG training to their district. Check out: http://www.azed.gov/shs/schoolthreatassessment/ to stay up to date.
AZCSTAG Cadre Training, August 2019
On August 19th, more than 100 stakeholders from Arizona gathered at the Arizona Health Department to discuss the suicide prevention strategies. The audience was welcomed by Governor Ducey, who reiterated his office’s support for coordination between state agencies and community partners in reducing Arizona’s suicide rate.
Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, reviewed state data and reported some 1500 Arizonans died of suicide in 2018.
Participants were asked to join one of six priority population subgroups. Within these groups, ideas were recorded on who else to involve and other resources available.
The Arizona State Plan to End Suicide, along with other identified state resources, are available here.
Is your school prepared to educate the whole child? The demands of living in the 21st Century call for students to be able to navigate a myriad of situations that require more than a foundation of math, science, writing and other core subjects. Join us on September 10, 2019 in Tucson or September 18, 2019 in Phoenix to learn how to nurture the whole child, using the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model, as the foundation for healthy schools environments! During this event we will be focusing on Physical Education/ Physical Activity, Nutrition Education and the Management of Chronic Conditions in the school setting.
Three forums open to the community will take place in September. Sponsored by the Helios Foundation, the events will bring together behavioral health providers and education administration. The goal of the events is to expand access to behavioral health services in the school setting.
The events will take place in Tempe, Flagstaff, and Tucson. They include breakfast and lunch; an RSVP is required to attend.
Lindsay Walker recently joined the Arizona Project AWARE team as the Safety Grant Specialist and the Training Coordinator at the Arizona Department of Education. Walker, who has a graduate degree in public health and an undergraduate degree in exercise science, brings diverse work and personal information to the team. She has previously worked in the nonprofit, education, and public health sectors.
Additionally, Walker served in the Peace Corps in Ecuador. She is welcomed to the team by other Project AWARE staff at both the Department of Education and the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System. The grant is managed through a partnership between the two state agencies.
For more information about Project AWARE,
Newly Released DITEP Training Schedule!
DITEP Drug Impairment Training for Education Professionals October 2018 – September 2019
This two-day training prepares school health staff, school nurses, administrators, counselors, msw’s, teachers, and others to identify and manage students with suspected substance impairment at school. GOHS (Governor’s Office of Highway Safety) provides a curriculum appropriate for all education staff. The content is evidence-based and user friendly.
Training is from 8:30am -5:00pm with an hour lunch.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Infrastructure Protection (IP) is please to present K-12 Security: A Guide for Preventing and Protecting against Gun Violence (2nd ed., 2018). The Guide provides preventive and protective measure to address the threat of gun violence in schools.
K-12 School Security Guide (2nd Edition)