2022 Behavior Post

July Notes From Your ESC6 Behavior Specialist


We fly our flags, we light up fire works, we have BBQ with family and friends, and we even listen to great songs about the US. We have our Constitution, and we proudly proclaim to live "in the land of the free". But what is freedom? Is freedom a right? Is it a state of mind? What does freedom entitles you to? How do we safeguard freedom?

According to the US Department of State:

"The protection of fundamental human rights was a foundation stone in the establishment of the United States over 200 years ago. Since then, a central goal of U.S. foreign policy has been the promotion of respect for human rights, as embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Supporting democracy not only promotes such fundamental American values as religious freedom and worker rights, but also helps create a more secure, stable, and prosperous global arena in which the United States can advance its national interests. In addition, democracy is the one national interest that helps to secure all the others. Democratically governed nations are more likely to secure the peace, deter aggression, expand open markets, promote economic development, protect American citizens, combat international terrorism and crime, uphold human and worker rights, avoid humanitarian crises and refugee flows, improve the global environment, and protect human health.

The United States uses a wide range of tools to advance a freedom agenda, including bilateral diplomacy, multilateral engagement, foreign assistance, reporting and public outreach, and economic sanctions. The Department of State works with democratic partners, international and regional organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and engaged citizens to support those seeking freedom."

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Thank you!

To those of you who chose to attend our ESC 6 2022 Special Education Summer Series Virtual Conference, much gratitude! Recordings of most sessions be available for the next 2 weeks for those who registered for the event. Our team truly appreciate your enthusiasm, love of learning, suggestions, and constructive feedback. We also appreciate our presenters and their expertise. As always, we are here to serve you.

Upcoming Trainings

Additional Training Opportunities

Texas Suicide Prevention Symposium: Learning Intensive Series

Thanks to South Southwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center, Texas Health and Human Services, and Endeavors, additional learning opportunities are available so Texas can ensure our communities continue to expand our suicide prevention know-how.

Below you will find the calendar of events for these opportunities for additional learning. All sessions will be held in Zoom and will require registration to attend. Please use the links below to register and download the calendar invite following registration.

July 12


Mental Health in Ranching and Farming Communities

Tara Haskins, DNP, RN

Total Farmer Health Director

AgriSafe Network

Adam Kantrovich, PhD Extension Specialist Agribusiness, Clemson University Cooperative Education


Mental Health Training for School-based Athletic Staff

Alex Yannacone, MA

Director of Education & Community Programs

Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Several sessions to choose from:

August 1 - 10:00-12:00


August 1

1:00-3:00 pm


August 3



August 3

1:00-3:00 pm


August 10

1:00-2:30 pm

Training on C-SSRS – How to Grow Use of the C-SSRS to Identify Suicide Risk

Dr. Kelly Posner, Director Columbia Lighthouse Project

Columbia University


September 13


Lethal Means – A Deeper Dive to Putting Time & Distance Between Someone at Risk and Lethal Means

Dr. Mike Anestis

Executive Director - New Jersey Gun Violence Research Center

Associate Professor - Urban-Global Public Health

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey


September 21


Working with Students – New Research to Support Building Resiliency in Teens

Alex Yannacone, MA

Director of Education and Community Programs Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus


September 28

10:30-3:00 (including lunch break)

Working with Hispanic LBGTQ+ Youth Who are at Risk for Suicide and Their Caregivers

Dr. Yosvanka Duarte-Velez

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University


October 19


Preventing Suicide among Women Veterans: Translating Research on Risk and Protective Factors into Actionable Strategies

Dr. Lindsey Monteith & Dr. Ashley Griffith

VA Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center for Suicide Prevention


November 3


Creating Military Cultural Competency for Texas Communities – “Did You Serve?” Initiative

Don Hipp & John Wilson Texas Veterans Commission


November 15


Suicide and Adults with a Disability: Strategies for Prevention and Crisis Intervention

Dr. Laura E. Dreer

Associate Professor/Licensed Clinical Psychologist & Director of the Behavioral Health Clinical & Research Services at University of Alabama at Birmingham


December 7


Older Adults and Firearm Safety

Emmy Betz, MD, MPH

Professor at Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine & Director of Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative


January 26


Rethinking Suicide

Dr. Craig Bryan

Ohio State University School of Medicine, Director, Division of Recovery and Resilience Stress, Trauma And Resilience (STAR) Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health


What to Do After a Suicide: School Postvention

The Health and Human Services Commission is excited to announce that Greg Hudnall, Ed.D., founder of Hope Squad, will present a three-hour talk called “What to Do After a Suicide: School Postvention.”

This virtual event is designed specifically for Texas school personnel, district staff, mental/behavioral health partners, and other community stakeholders involved in postvention.

The training will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. CDT. Register here: attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6244670115893822989

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Participants are encouraged to view the webinar with other members of their agency postvention team.

If you have questions about this broadcast, please email suicide.prevention@hhs.texas.gov.

TIER Online Courses Available Now

Additionally, to supplement these trainings provided by certified trainings, TIER has 6 trainings available online (and 2 more coming soon). All Texas educators may access these courses for free on the TEALearn website and earn Continuing Professional Education (CPE) hours.


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Free Recorded Webinars on Behavior

Emergent Tree has recorded webinars for teachers, administrators, and other educators, as resources for understanding some of the key concepts and topics related to handling student behavior in a school setting.

Information & Inspiration

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To prevent mass shootings, don’t bother with motive; do a forensic ACEs investigation - a brief article on preventing mass shootings.

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The Best Diets and Practices for Your Mental Health

An article with some ideas that may be controversial for some, and welcome by others.

The Wellness Institute latest publication: Resilience

This resource is a collection of 13 articles from leading experts on all things resilience and contains powerful insights and vital resilience-building skills. At this link, you will be asked to sign in with your email. Enjoy!

Youth Mental Health: How to Help Young People through the Lingering Pandemic

National Mental Health Lifeline

In 2020, Congress designated the new 988 dialing code to operate through the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s (1-800-273-8255) network of over 200 locally operated and funded crisis centers across the country. On July 16, 2022, the U.S. will transition to using the 988-dialing code, offering an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen and expand the existing Lifeline. The vision for 988 is to have additional crisis services available in communities across the nation, much the way emergency medical services work.

As 988 rolls out across the country it is vital that the unique needs of children, youth and young adults are considered to ensure that crisis response services are not traumatizing for children, services are age and developmentally appropriate, and services stabilize the situation to keep children in their homes and with their families.

Resource Guide on Substance Use Disorders

This resource guide presents healthcare professionals working with people living with physical and sensory disabilities with information about substance use disorders, including risk factors, warning signs, and strategies for helping clients.

Child Poverty Rates - before COVID

Growing up poor has wide-ranging and long-lasting repercussions.

Poverty elevates a child’s risk of experiencing behavioral, social and emotional and health challenges. Child poverty also reduces skill-building opportunities and academic outcomes, undercutting a young student’s capacity to learn, graduate high school and more.

What is the rate of child poverty in the U.S.?

Currently, 17% of all children in the United States — nearly 12 million kids total — are living in poverty. A family of four with annual earnings below $25,926 is considered poor. In the last decade, this rate the percentage of U.S. children in poverty has risen from 18% in 2007 and 2008, peaked at 23% in 2011 and 2012, and fell to 17% 2019.

This indicator is included in the KIDS COUNT Index.

Read the KIDS COUNT Data Book to learn more about child poverty levels.

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Why Social and Emotional Learning Matters

Click the link for a brief Edutopia article.

The Texas Behavior Support Initiative (TBSI)

TBSI is a state-level training that meets the requirements mandated by Texas Education Code 37.0021 and Texas Administrative Code 89.1053.

Society for Research in Child Development

A research article on Transforming Policy Standards to Promote Equity and Developmental Success Among Latinx Children and Youth

NASP on Social Justice Issues

This link will take you to several resources such as Podcasts, lesson plans, position statements, and information on implicit biases - to name a few.

Morgan Freeman reads Rep. John Lewis' last words: Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation

The Professional Learning Lab for Universal Structured Environments and Supports offers an array of opportunities for teachers and behavior support staff. Visit our classroom and delight yourself! A free resource for all.

Parents Corner

Texas Project First

By parents, for parents, in English and Spanish.

Early Childhood Texas

Early Childhood Texas is a streamlined website to connect Texas parents with access to a variety of free or low-cost services and resources available through different state agencies and programs.

SpedText Information Center

Stay Connected , a newsletter from TEA to keep you informed on several TEA initiatives and opportunities. Sign up to their mailing list, parents and educators!

Sounds for Your Pleasure

Come Away With Me 20th Anniversary Livestream
Beautiful Relaxing Music * Peaceful Piano Music & Guitar Music | Sunny Mornings by Peder B. Helland

For More Information

Please check the Special Education webpage on our ESC 6 website. You will find valuable information from colleagues, as well as opportunities for other services - including the Non-Education Funds information and application. Thank you!

Fabiana Bezerra, LSSP, NCSP

ESC 6 Behavior Specialist for Special Education