9:10 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.    Breakout Session I

10:35 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.  Breakout Session II

Thirteen Reasons to Talk to Your Kids About 13 Reasons Why

2018 East Texas Transition Conference: Door to the Future

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Kourtney Cooper,
LPC-S, Behavior Specialist, Anderson County Special Education Co-op

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Stacie Morris, Licensed Specialist in School Psychology

Kourtney graduated from Gardner-Webb University in 2003 and 2007 with a BS in Psychology and Spanish and an MA in Mental Health Counseling and extended courses for an Educational Specialist component.  She has her license in Professional Counseling with a supervisory endorsement and is also a trainer for Crisis Prevention Intervention Certification Program. Kourtney has a wide array of knowledge due to her variety of work in case management, crisis center, psychiatric prison, and hospitals which served both inpatient and outpatient clients.  These 15 years of field experience also extends to the educational arena, working with children, adults, and families. While working within the prison system, Kourtney helped to develop integral programs that were presented nationally to promote offender safety. In the clinical setting, she provided a wide range of counseling for people with developmental disabilities and mental illness.  Her clinical counseling extended to those with substance abuse, sexual assault, and suicide risk assessment.   In the educational field, she has developed, implemented, and trained teachers in effective classroom management strategies and behavioral interventions.  Kourtney is happily married to her husband Patrick and together they have five amazing kids that keep them busy.

Stacie is a School Psychology Intern with Anderson County Special Education Coop.  She received her BA in Psychology from Texas Woman’s University and is in the process of obtaining her MS in Clinical Psychology at UT Tyler. After earning her BA, Stacie spent several years working in social services.  She then went on to obtain her teaching certificate for General Education EC - 8 and Special Education EC – 12.  Stacie taught at Summit International Preparatory for 7 years, with 3 years in general education, and 4 years in Special Education. Stacie completed several research projects on Suicide Prevention and Bullying with adolescents and teenagers.  She believes that it is very important to bring awareness and education about these topics.

Topics include peer pressure, bullying both in person and on social media, suicide risks, gun violence in schools, helpful and accessible resources, and signs to watch for in our children.  We will focus on prevention, intervention, and postvention, using the popular teen show 13 Reasons Why to navigate.