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Webinar: Managing Concussions in Schools

Did you miss our informative webinar on Managing Concussions in School?   Click here to view on demand.With a focus that addresses concussions on and beyond the sports field, this webinar describes how to create and lead a school concussion management team and provides clear, non-technical information on how concussions can affect learning, mental health, and social-emotional functioning; tools for school-based concussion assessment; and guidelines for creating accommodation plans in collaboration with the family, community, and school team.  This webinar has passed but you can always review our webinars in our library.

Dr. Scott Poland gives some practical advice on grief

In the wake of the tragic events that occurred in Orlando, many people are dealing with grief. You do not have to be directly involved with this incident, as seeing it on the news and hearing about it can bring up a person’s own life experiences, and with it, a sense of grief and despair. To help, Dr. Scott Poland,

A PSI Expert Partner and a professor in Nova Southeastern University ‘s Psychology Department, has put together some “tips” to help people deal with their grief as well as how parents should help their children understand these senseless acts.

You can read Dr. Poland’s advice online HERE .

Dr. Poland is also a nationally recognized expert on school crisis, youth violence, suicide intervention, self-injury, school safety, threat assessment, parenting and the delivery of psychological services in schools. Poland is a founding member of the National Emergency Assistance Team for the National Association of School Psychologists and serves as the Prevention Director for the American Association of Suicidology. He has led multiple national crisis teams following numerous school shootings and suicides and served as the team leader of the crisis response team sent to Jefferson County Public Schools during the aftermath of the Columbine High School shootings.

In Honor of Sister Bernadette…..

2016-06-14_12-48-26We meet only a few very special people in our journey through life. I met such a lady close to 40 years ago when PSI was in its infancy. Sister M. Bernadette Maier, OSU, is perhaps the most remarkable woman I have met in my four decades of work with educators in Ohio. Certainly schools, and in particular the Catholic Schools, are full of wonderful people who are dedicated to their mission and give their all for the schools and the furtherance of Catholicity.

Sr. Bernadette did all that. In addition, she saw opportunity where there were obstacles, dreams where there were ‘roadblocks’ and strategies where there were almost insurmountable challenges. The non-public schools throughout Ohio but especially in the Cleveland Diocese, live her legacy every day when children benefit from services paid for by auxiliary services funds. These services didn’t just come to be by fiat. They were achieved by dint of hard work, vision, politics and endless blood, sweat and tears. Her stories and accomplishments are as voluminous as they are a study in political triumph.

She became dear to us over the years as we all strove to expand the services she wanted for ‘her kids.’ She was one of a kind, full of the vim and vigor that all movers and shakers have, changing the systems in which we live. She will live on in our hearts as an ideal to which we all should aspire, a tireless supporter of PSI and a dear, dear friend.

God Bless you Sr. Bernadette.


– Steve Rosenberg, President of PSI

Mandarin Language News

PSI’s Hui-ying Lee
proudly presented her students at the National Chinese Honor Society induction ceremony at Walsh Jesuit High School in April. There were eight inductees this year and they are all Chinese 3 juniors.
The National Chinese Honor Society (NCHS) was established in November 1993 to recognize those accomplished high school students who study Chinese as a world language.
The National Chinese Honor Society is a scholastic organization that promotes and recognizes students with good citizenship, leadership, and deeds of community service.Mandarin Language Services

The National Chinese Honor Society’s goal is to encourage its members to become life-long learners to gain a better understanding of Chinese language and culture, and to play an active role as constructive peace-makers in the twenty-first century. The applicant must be a full time high school student who has studied Chinese fo four semesters in high school with an average of A- or higher. A qualified candidate is someone who is willing to work with the sponsor/advisor as well as with other students as a role model to play a positive role in Chinese studies. Hui-ying has continued to develop the Mandarin Language program at Walsh over several years and her efforts are producing some exemplary students. Congratulations to all!

PSI Presented at a Conference in Amsterdam on Suicide Prevention

PSI is proud to announce that Dr. Colleen Lorber, PSI Executive Director of Client Services and PSI partner, Dr. Scott Poland, presented at the International School Psych Association in Amsterdam, Holland this summer on suicide prevention.

Dr. Lorber holds a doctorate from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Her dedication to staff, professionalism and her high energy level serves the schools we partner with, extremely well. “I most enjoy helping to find and support the best possible staff to meet the many needs of the students we serve. PSI is all about providing the very best and innovative services possible to help our partner schools and their students succeed.”

Dr. Poland is a nationally recognized expert on school crisis, youth violence and suicide prevention.

Their combined presentation will focus on suicide prevention and the children served everyday by the educational community.

PSI hosted a free webinar on “Mindfulness in the School Setting”

Our own Karen Heichel, MA  presented a free webinar entitled “Practicing Mindfulness in your School”.  This is a new and very exciting topic.  This free webinar was held on December 2nd from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST. but you can watch it now in our webinar library.

Mindfulness is being used for reducing stress, increasing attention, building attitudes of compassion and kindness that lead to more productive learning environment for students and a more collaborative working place for teachers.

Karen will be talking about how studies have shown significance improvement in self-awareness and acceptance by practicing mindfulness for 15 minutes three to four times per week. These activities can be integrated into your existing curriculum.  If this topic sounds interesting to you, click here for a link to the pre-recorded webinar.

A Neurodevelopmental Approach to Autism: with Temple Grandin, Ph.D.

PSI is pleased to share this resource with you for your own use, to share with your colleagues, or to share with the families of the students with whom you work:

We here at S.U.C.C.E.S.S. For Autism 501(c)(3) are proud to inform you that we will be hosting a winter conference this year entitled:
“A Neurodevelopmental Approach to Autism: with Temple Grandin, PhD” 
Thursday Dec. 3 & Friday Dec. 4th 2015
 We are pleased to welcome world-renowned author and animal scientist, Dr.Temple Grandin, to our stage this year as she presents on her experiences as an individual with autism and sensory processing issues. She will be joined by many professionals in the field of autism; you will hear from occupational therapists Lynette Scotese-Wojtila, OTR/L and Ellen Winney, MS OTR/L, speech-language   pathologist Schea Fissel, ABD, MA CCC-SLP, and developmental pediatrician, Dr. Scott Faber.

This two-day conference will be held in the Main Building of the Center for Pastoral Leadership in Wickliffe, Ohio on Thursday Dec. 3rd (2:15 – 8:15pm) & Friday Dec. 4th (8:00 am – 5:30pm).

This is a unique event you won’t want to miss! See the attached brochure for event details, registration, and continuing education opportunities! Vendor and sponsor opportunities are available for local and/or national agencies and companies who wish she share their product information while supporting this event.

FOR EASY ONLINE REGISTRATION visit www.successforautism.org.

Seats are limited to see Dr. Grandin in this intimate setting; conference registration closes on Monday Nov 23, 2015. Should you have questions or need registration or vendor/sponsorship assistance, please call Erin at 440.943.7607 or email at itcerinb@yahoo.com.


PSI’s Dr. Colleen Lorber will be presenting at the Annual Buckeye Charter School Board Conference

Dr. Colleen Lorber, PSI’s Executive Director, will be presenting this Oct. 23 at the Annual Buckeye Charter School Boards Conference. On the program is also Ron Packard, Founder and CEO of Pansophic Learning. Dr Lorber will address the dos and don’ts of special education as it pertains to Charter School operations. Special Education management is a critical component that effective charter schools manage appropriately and professionally. 

The Buckeye Charter School Boards Association helps boards learn to function efficiently and effectively while maximizing student academic and social performance. Learn more about the Buckeye Charter School Board Association at http://www.buckeyecharterboards.org.

PSI will be hosting a free webinar on Media Engagement for Schools

PSI will be hosting a free webinar on Media Engagement & Strategic Communications for Schools on Thursday, October 29th, 2015. This webinar is presented by Darlene Chambers, Ph.D., and Julie Conry of OAPCS.  In this webinar  you will learn the basics of developing a media relations toolkit and communication strategies to promote your school successes and positive stories.

Click Here to register for the webinar.