Crisis Response and Suicide Prevention: Protocols, Policies, Professional Development

Mar 14, 2019


Breakout Room #6


SFUSD has had a clear and concise Crisis Response protocol addressing the aftermath of a school-wide crisis since 1992. The Manual has been replicated by districts throughout the country. Further, the district created a board resolution mandating suicide protocols and training in 2016. Since then, administrators school social workers, school district nurses, school counselors, and paraprofessional staff have been trained on the Suicide/Self Harm Protocol and how to implement the assessment tool to maintain student safety.”


teachers, administrators, counselors, social workers


Erica Rubinstein Irby, Mentor School Social Worker- School Health Programs, SFUSD

Erika Rubinstein Irby has spent the last 11 years as a school social worker for the San Francisco Unified School District. As a site-based social worker for a large comprehensive middle school she conducted triage support meetings, facilitated individual and group interventions, managed school-wide and student level crisis, implemented restorative practices and provided trauma-informed teacher consultation. In her current role as a Mentor School Social Worke,r she assists in training and coaching new staff, as well as providing professional development and crisis support. She was instrumental in helping to create the current district protocol for responding to mental health crises.

  • Kevin R. Gogin, MFT


    School Health Programs, SFUSD


    Kevin Gogin, Director, School Health Programs, founded Support Services for LGBTQ Youth in the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) 1990. The first program integrated into a school district addressing the needs of LGBTQ students, it has grown to provide multiple systems of support creating safer learning environments for SFUSD students. Additionally played an integral

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