At-Risk Network

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The At-Risk Services Network is designed to keep you up to date and informed on the best practices related to at-risk students. Through the network, you'll gain access to information and resources, hear presentations by the Texas Education Agency, ESC Region 13 Staff, and other professionals, and build a network of support with other campuses and districts.

Your membership in the At-Risk Services Network allows you/your district or charter the opportunity to send 10 staff members to each of the At-Risk Services Network workshops offered throughout the year. Staff from non-member districts are also able to register for any of the network workshops.

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Ethics & Problem Solving with At Risk Students

School-based helping professionals encounter challenging situations on a daily basis. This workshop will focus on the ethics of interventions in complex situations. Three goals include a brief review of the codes of conduct, common ethical dilemmas and supervision and self-care strategies for helping professionals.

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LGBTQ & You: Supporting all Students

Participants will learn ways to provide affirming and inclusive educational practices for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning, or LGBTQ+ students. We’ll summarize important LGBTQ terminology, describe physical, social, emotional and educational disparities, and explain the importance of effective communication to provide affirming support.

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Educating the Difficult Student

It can be challenging to work with students who are openly defiant and engaging in anti-social and harmful behaviors. Students with conduct disorder are highly visible,
demonstrating a complicated group of behavior and emotional problems. We’ll review symptoms, behaviors, educational implications, strategies, and classroom accommodations for the most challenging student.

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13 Reasons Why Not: Suicide Prevention in the Age of Social Media

The Netflix show, 13 Reasons Why, created a national dialogue on suicide in youth. In this workshop we’ll
continue the discussion, focusing on how social media and technology make suicide prevention efforts more
challenging for school personnel. We’ll focus on
professional, parent, and peer strategies to identify students struggling with depression and suicidal ideation and link them with the supportive and professional resources.

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Interventions with Male Students

Traditional school-based interventions can often be an off-putting experience for boys as it is in direct opposition to the ways they generally interact and connect with others. This workshop will explore a variety of creative approaches that school personnel can use to better reach their young male students. Creative approaches include such as intentional play, sports, movement, gross-motor activity, animal-assisted therapy, the use of video games and computers.

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Fighting Thinspiration: Eating Disorder Identification, Intervention, and Treatment

Ten percent of students will struggle with an eating disorder sometime during their life. Television, film, social media, and digital culture foster unrealistic norms for youth body image, starting as young as kindergarten. This workshop will review the different types of eating disorders and prevention and treatment options available in Central Texas.

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Preventing Opiate Misues in Young Females

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 1999 and 2015, overdose deaths from prescription pain killers increased 218% in men, and 471% for women. A unique combination of biological, health, and social factors have led to this growing epidemic among women. Central Texas substance abuse prevention partners are starting a community of practice to prevent opiate use among girls. This workshop will serve as an introduction to this new initiative and strategies to prevent opiate misuse in students.

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When Panic Attacks: The ABCs of Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety is a common feeling that impacts most students at one time or another. One out of four children and youth will experience an anxiety disorder sometime before the age of 18. One out of twenty will have severe symptoms from anxiety that impair their ability to learn. This workshop highlights the common signs, symptoms and treatment options for children and youth with anxiety disorders.

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