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USD to Host Crisis Prevention and Intervention Virtual Series for K-12 Educators

A student on a laptop taking notes on a notepad with a number 2 pencil. USD is hosting a virtual speaker series, "When Crisis Comes: Supporting Students in School," every Tuesday April 20 - May 18 to help educators become better equipped to support students in crisis.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota will host “When Crisis Comes: Supporting Students in School,” a virtual speaker series every Tuesday April 20  May 18.

The virtual speaker series is offered in partnership with the USD School of Education School Psychology program and the South Dakota Department of Social Services Division of Behavioral Health through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Relief Grant.

“The purpose of the series is to help educators become better equipped to support students in crisis,” said Amber Kilburn, SAMHSA Disaster Relief Grant assistant coordinator. “We have presenters who have lived through crisis and also those who are experts in helping youth in crisis situations.”

The series will be held via Zoom from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CST.

Details are as follows:

  • April 20 - Michele Gay, “School Safety: A Parent’s Perspective”
  • April 27 – Scott Poland, Ed.D., “Youth Suicide: Contemporary Issues in Prevention, Intervention and Postvention for Schools”
  • May 4 – CJ Huff, Ed.D., “From Tragedy to Triumph: The Joplin Schools Story”
  • May 11 – Molly Hudgens, “Saving Sycamore: The School Shooting that Never Happened”
  • May 18 – Eric Rossen, Ph.D., “Supporting and Educating Traumatized Students”

“We feel so honored to invite these prestigious speakers to our series,” said Kari Oyen, program director and assistant professor of school psychology at USD. “It is important to hear the stories of crisis from parents, educators and psychologists to understand how we can learn and ready our environments to prevent and be responsive to crises when they occur.”

All events are free to attend with registration. To register, visit

Once registered, attendees will receive an invitation to all five Zoom sessions.


USD's School of Education is transformative in preparing students both inside and outside the classroom. Its research- and practitioner-based programs train future educators, counselors, leaders, fitness and sport-related professionals for successful careers. The school focuses on a comprehensive learning experience, lifelong learning and developing professionals grounded in best practice. The school’s divisions include counseling and psychology, curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, kinesiology and sport management, and teacher residency and education.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News