School psychologists face complex ethical and legal issues when a crisis occurs that expose them to potential criticism and liability. This presentation will review lessons learned from cases where the presenter served as an expert witness that involved parental consent, bullying, threat assessment, suicide, and self-injury.
This session will help participants
1. analyze the lessons learned from school crisis lawsuits brought against schools with regard to failure to obtain parental permission before crisis intervention services were provided;
2. describe the importance of documentation of parent notification when a student is known to be suicidal or engaging in self injury and how to implement the NASP Practice Model for intervention with such students; and
3. analyze the lessons from lawsuits against schools for failing to address bullying issues and for conducting inadequate threat assessments.