Leveraging Community Resources to Strengthen Clinical Practice for New Principals: Crisis Management

Wednesday, May 16, 3:00-3:45 p.m. EDT

Teen suicide, school violence, the opioid epidemic, and many other societal crises are influencing schools in new and devastating ways. School principals are being required to become first responders in a multitude of emergency situations. Panelists for this webinar will discuss critical response protocols and communication pitfalls.

Moderators: Donna Cooner and Wendy Fothergill, Colorado State University

cassie-poncelow Cassie Poncelow is a school counselor at Poudre High School in Fort Collins, Colorado, and has been named a 2018 School Counselor of the Year finalist by the American School Counselor Association. Poncelow, a graduate of Colorado State University, has been a school counselor for 7 years and has been at Poudre High School since 2013. After a series of tragedies affected schools in the Fort Collins area, Poncelow and Poudre’s counseling team organized events to help students and staff manage their emotions. Mental Health Matters, an evening event featuring 30 sessions led by community mental health professionals, focused on topics such as stress management, LGBTQ support, depression and anxiety, social media, self-harm, and eating disorders. The event attracted more than 400 attendees from Fort Collins, Denver, Greeley, and Boulder as well as several state legislators who support mental health funding.


melanie-voegeli-morris Melanie Voegeli-Morris is mental health and prevention coordinator for Poudre School District in Fort Collins, Colorado, where she manages mental health and risk assessment teams, suicide prevention, and trauma-informed trainings. A licensed clinical social worker with extensive work experience supporting children, youth, and families, Voegeli-Morris is an EMDR Level ll Therapist and specializes in trauma, crisis response, and recovery. Her work experience also includes private practice, community mental health, adolescent inpatient hospitalization, and therapeutic foster care. Voegeli-Morris is a lead responder on the district’s crisis response team and completed her principal licensure program in 2010.


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