Ensuring that your school provides a safe environment for every child in your care may be the most important and challenging thing you do as a leader. This popular institute offers expert training and practical work sessions for international and independent school leadership teams* looking to create, implement and evaluate a comprehensive child protection plan that meets the new accreditation standards agreed upon by leading organizations such as the IB, CIS, NEASC, MSA, AdvancED and others (for a full list see below **). Most importantly, you will know that under your leadership, your team and school has taken important steps to educate and protect your students, staff and community from the very real threat of child predators and are well prepared to effectively deal with any situations, that may arise.
AAIE and NSU are pleased to again present this unique opportunity to work with globally renowned child safety experts and facilitators who will provide the information, insights, support and practical resources needed for participants to create rigorous, individualized child protection plans tailored for their unique international /independent school setting. Time will be given to craft, analyze and work on your individual plans under the guidance of experts throughout the week.
"Well worth the funds and time dedicated for learning about this all important topic. I left the conference feeling very confident in the first steps we will need to take in creating and implementing a child safety policy, etc." Peter Nonnenkamp - Executive Director / Inter American Academy, Ecuador
Internationally acclaimed child protection and crisis management experts Dr. Jordan Greenbaum, Dr. Scott Poland, Tim Gerrish OBE, Susie March and others will facilitate this practical and rigorous four day institute on the beautiful NSU campus in Fort Lauderdale. These facilitators will provide expert advice, specialized breakout sessions for team members, exemplars of plans from other international and independent schools and individualized support in creating a plan specific to the unique needs of your school community. Our goal is that you and your team leave with a solid and well-researched implementation plan in place that will allow you to take immediate and strategic action while protecting and informing your school community on the urgent issue of child protection.
Topics of the Four Day Level 1 Certificate Training Include:
• Creating a Comprehension Child Protection/ Safeguarding Plan
• Code of Conduct & Safe Working Practices / Child Safety Policy
• Offender Overview, Preventative Staff Recruitment & Hiring Practices
• Child Protection Through Education
• Educating Your Teachers & Staff
• Educating Your Students, Parents & Community
• Peer on Peer Abuse and Considerations
• Medical Signs of Abuse, A School Nurse Perspective
• Medical Response & Disclosure Management
• Local Resources & Considerations for Medical Issues
• Managing Disclosure & Response in the classroom
• Disclosure Response for Counselors
• Crisis Management Implications
• Crisis Communication Strategies
• Leadership & Counseling Roles in Times of Crisis
• Evaluation & Monitoring Process
Participants who successfully complete this training receive the AAIE Child Protection School Leadership Training & Level 1 Certificate. This certification assures respective Boards and Accrediting Agencies that the school leader has successfully completed intensive, university-level learning and the practical work needed to create, implement and monitor a successful Child Protection Plan within their school that meets the new accreditation guidelines as agreed upon by the International Task Force on Child Protection and member organizations.
Speaker and Workshop Facilitation Team Information:
Dr. Jordan Greenbaum is a child abuse physician from the United States who received her degree from Yale School of Medicine. She is the director of the Global Health and Wellbeing Initiative with the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC). In addition, she works with victims of suspected physical/ sexual abuse, neglect and sex trafficking at the Stephanie Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Jordan provides trainings on all aspects of child maltreatment for medical and non medical professionals working with children. She gives trainings locally, nationally and internationally, working with child-serving professionals to prevent, identify and intervene in cases of suspected abuse and sex trafficking.
Susie March qualified as a UK Registered General Nurse in 1986 and served within hospitals and the community, specializing in sexual health, women's health and family planning. Now based in Munich, Germany, Susie has worked exclusively with international schools for the past ten years. Using a holistic and developmentally appropriate approach to sexual health education, Susie has a wealth of experience delivering Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) to schools throughout the world. Susie is dedicated to helping stamp out child sexual abuse by improving the emotional and social wellbeing of young people by providing students and families with the information, skills and values needed to build healthy, happy and respectful relationships, whilst ultimately taking responsibility for their sexual health and well-being. She has worked with schools on Child Protection and SRE policy development, curriculum planning and implementation, as well as selection of teaching materials suitable for an international school setting. She strives to improve training, development and ongoing support for schools - working to ensure teachers are implementing comprehensive, age-appropriate and culturally sensitive sexual health education confidently, throughout all years of schooling.
Dr. Peter Collins is the operational forensic psychiatrist with the Criminal Behaviour Analysis Unit of the Ontario Provincial Police. Peter is also the consultant forensic psychiatrist with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police “O” Division Integrated National Security Enforcement Team and since 1992 he has been a member of the crisis negotiation team of the Toronto Police Service Emergency Task Force. In addition, Peter consults to the Behavioral Analysis Unit of the U.S. Marshal’s Service, the Profiling Unit of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Investigative Psychology Unit of the South African Police, and the Behavioural Sciences Section of the Calgary Police Service. Peter obtained his Masters in Applied Criminology from the University of Ottawa, his Medical Degree from McMaster University and completed his postgraduate medical training in psychiatry and forensic psychiatry at the University of Toronto. His clinical appointment is with the Complex Illness and Recovery Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and he is an Associate Professor, in the Division of Forensic Psychiatry, at the University of Toronto. Peter is a member of the International Criminal Investigative Analysis Fellowship on the board of the Canadian Association of Threat Assessment Professionals and a consulting editor with the Journal of Threat Assessment and Management, published by the American Psychological Association. After serving in 2 deployments in Afghanistan, in October 2012 he was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contribution to the Canadian Forces. Peter has worked with, and instructed, numerous criminal justice agencies internationally, including the FBI, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Interpol, and Europol.
Cheryl Devine (MPH, Bsc) Cheryl Devine is a health, wellbeing and Child Protection/ Safeguarding consultant who trained at the University of York in the United Kingdom. A qualified social worker and public health specialist, Cheryl’s career has been driven by improving the health and promoting the safeguarding of children, young people and school communities. Cheryl spent seven years working directly with children and families in a child protection capacity including; children missing from home, those suffering child sexual exploitation and those families affected by substance misuse and neglect. This front-line experience ensures Cheryl considers all perspectives when delivering effective school interventions. Cheryl has a wealth of experience assisting schools both in the United Kingdom and internationally, developing a whole school approach to safeguarding and child protection. Her specialist skill set and experience lends itself well to developing systems’ leadership that protects the whole school community. Schools benefit from support around child protection policy and planning, creating a safeguarding culture, safer recruitment and staff training and development. Cheryl believes safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and as a result applies early intervention strategies to the school community. This can include guidance on curriculum topics, devising protocols for recognizing and responding to abuse and creating a healthy and resilient school. Cheryl has acted in an advisory capacity on a number of serious case reviews and as a panel member on several safeguarding children’s boards. Her specialist public health skills include promoting staff emotional wellbeing, advising on relationships and sex education policy and curriculums and ensuring schools are prepared to safeguard children in a digital age.
Dr. Scott Poland is a nationally recognized expert on school crisis, crisis management, youth violence, suicide intervention, self injury, school safety, threat assessment, parenting and the delivery of psychological services in schools. As a professor at Nova Southeastern University, Dr. Poland has lectured and written extensively on these subjects, appeared on all major television network news programs, and has presented over 1,000 workshops in every state and numerous foreign countries. He served on the President's Roundtable on Youth Violence and has testified about the needs of children before the U. S. Congress on four occasions. Dr. 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 has assisted schools and communities after terrorism acts in New York, Washington, D.C. and Oklahoma. He has also worked in the aftermath of hurricanes in Texas, Louisiana and Florida. He has also been an expert witness in numerous legal cases.
*Who Should Attend From Your School? This training is created to specifically support and utilize a comprehensive school team approach to this complex issue. We recommend a minimum of 3-4 people from each school so that members of your team can attend the diverse concurrent sessions and take full advantage of the wealth of information, important resources and expertise that each session affords for your school.
Roles that specifically benefit from the menu of different sessions:
• Head of School or other senior level Administrator
• Head of Human Resources & Hiring
• Counseling Leader + a Counselor from each division
• School Psychologist
• Athletics or Activities Director
• Curriculum Director/ Leader
• Security Director
• Crisis Management Leader
• School Nurse
• Health Teacher Leader
• Educational Technology Director
• Special Needs / Student Support Services Director
• Others as who may assume these roles within your unique school structure
The following Accreditation Organizations agreed at the February 2016 AAIE Conference to require new Child Protection Standards within their application/renewal process: AdvancEd, Council of International Schools (CIS), Council of British International Schools (COBIS), CfBT Trust, International Baccalaureate (IB), International Schools Inspectorate (ISI), Middle States Association (MSA), New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and PENTA International. Please note this list is growing and other accrediting organizations may have joined since this publication date.
Fees for Summer 2018 Include:
All course materials / Transportation from the hotel to NSU and returning each day
All lunches / Daily refreshment breaks
One Networking Dinner
AAIE Event Refund/Cancellation Policy
The Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE) reserves the right to cancel an event due to low enrollment or other circumstances which would make the event non-viable. If AAIE cancels an event, registrants will be offered a full refund for all AAIE registration fees, or provide the option to transfer registration to another event of the registrant’s choosing. In the event of low enrollment, AAIE will notify via email all registered participants no less than 4 weeks prior to the date of the event.
The Room Block is currently full, but please contact the hotel directly to check for availability, or the suggested alternate hotel , the GALLERYone - Double Tree Hilton for a room.
Important Dates & Times for the AAIE Summer Institutes
Saturday/Sunday 23,24 June- Arrive in Fort Lauderdale or Miami. Hotel Sonesta or overflow hotel DoubleTree. See what is around hotel(s).Monday 25 June - Thursday 28 June
- (Monday only)Busses leave Hotel between 8 and 8:15
- (Tue-Thurs) Busses leave 8:15 -8:20.
- Arrive NSU 8:30-8:45 (Registration Monday Only).
- Opening sessions begin daily promptly at 9:00am
- Lunch and 2 Coffee Breaks during the day
- Busses leave NSU to go back to Hotel at 4:30 - Thursday also at 4:30 as many leave from NSU to Airport using Uber, Lyft or taxi (should take around 20-30 minutes).
Tuesday 26 June
AAIE Evening Social Event - 6:30 leaving the hotel
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Photographs and Videos
Please be advised that photographs and videos will be taken at the event for use on the AAIE website and in the press, AAIE marketing materials, and all other AAIE publications. By participating in an AAIE 2017-18 Session, you consent to AAIE staff photographing and using your image and likeness. AAIE reserves the right to use any photograph/video taken at AAIE 2017-18 events, without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph/video. AAIE may use the photograph/video in publications or other media material produced, used or contracted by AAIE including but not limited to: brochures, invitations, books, newspapers, magazines, television, websites, etc.