This 3.5 day Symposium, held at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, examines lessons learned from traumatic events and reveals new, preemptive school safety measures growing in multiple realms. The Symposium is designed to provide a number of takeaways that districts, departments and agencies can implement immediately. This is not open to the public, and attendees will be asked to show an agency or organization I.D. upon check-in.
Law enforcement, school personnel, victim advocates, mental health professionals, emergency and risk management staff, school safety teams and all first responders.
Presenters include school administrators, law enforcement, criminal justice and school security administrators who have been involved in the response and recovery to school violence and other events.
The Briefings is hosted by The "I Love U Guys" Foundation, with assistance from Jefferson County R-1 School District and the Colorado State Attorney General's Office. The cost is $450, with proceeds benefiting The I Love U Guys Foundation. Click on the Registration link above for cost and to register.
Video From 2016 Briefings
Produced by Jack Maher, Jeffco Public Schools Multimedia Journalist
2017 Symposium Focus
THE LIFECYCLE OF A CRISIS
Over the course of the Symposium, we'll examine the components of a crisis or trauma. This logical timeline will include information on what to do and how to do it.
The Symposium starts on Sunday afternoon, July 9, at 2:00 p.m. at Columbine High School with a debrief and optional tour of the High School, ending around 6:00 p.m. Afterward, we invite you to gather in the ballroom the Hampton Inn (7611 Shaffer Parkway, Littleton, CO 80127) to get to know each other, and enjoy a casual supper of pizza, salad, beverages and open bar.
The Symposium will be held at Columbine High School.
Monday, July 10, doors open at 7:30 a.m. and a light breakfast will be available before sessions open at 8:30. Lunch will be catered, and afternoon sessions end around 5:00.
Topics: Mindset, Threat Assessment and Management, Building a Crisis Response Team for your school.
Among the speakers: Dr. John Nicoletti (Nicoletti-Flater Associates), Dr. Jay Findling (Director of Emergency Readiness, Safety, and Security, NYC Department of Education, Office of Safety and Youth Development)
On Tuesday, July 11, the morning starts at 8:00 with a ceremony at the Columbine Memorial in Clement Park (adjacent to the High School). This will be a short ceremony and remembrance of why we do what we do. This is optional and lasts about 30 minutes, after which we reconvene at the high school for the day's sessions.
If you choose not to attend, the doors open Columbine HS at 8:00 for check-in and a light breakfast. Sessions open at 9:00.
Lunch will be catered, and afternoon sessions end around 5:00.
Topics: Incident Debriefs and Lessons Learned, Responding to a Crisis, The Aftermath of a Trauma
Among the speakers: John-Michael Keyes (Executive Director, The I Love U Guys Foundation), John R. McDonald (Executive Director, Safety, Security & Emergency Planning, Jeffco Public Schools R1) , Dr. Carolyn Mears (Fellow, Royal Society of the Arts, Author, Reclaiming School in the Aftermath of Trauma)
Wednesday is a Reunification training and hands-on exercise.
Doors open at 8:00, with a light breakfast and catered lunch provided, with sessions ending around 5:00.
Topics: Standard Reunification Method Advanced Trainer Workshop. This is the SRP/SRM Basic Seminar, plus a tabletop exercise and practical exercise are conducted. Participants are provided the tools to conduct these exercises.
Among the speakers: John-Michael Keyes (Executive Director, The I Love U Guys Foundation), Pat Hamilton (Chief Operating Officer, Adams 12 Five Star Schools).
On Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m., after the debriefing held at Columbine, we invite you to a reception in the ballroom at the Hampton Inn, with pizza, salad, beverages and open bar.
Monday after the sessions, please join us at nearby Roberts Italian Restaurant, 6745 W. Ken Caryl Ave., Littleton, for complimentary appetizers and a chance to speak with other attendees and the day's presenters.
Tuesday evening, we invite you to join us at Rox Bar and Grill, 12684 W. Indore Place, Littleton for another opportunity to socialize with others and the day's presenters. Complimentary hors d'ouevres will be served.
Participants attending at least 20 hours of sessions will gain the skills and knowledge they need to bring the SRP and SRM programs back to their districts and agencies. Participants will receive a certificate of training online after the Symposium.
Continuing Education Credits are available for educators. For Counselors or Social Workers there are 20 hours of coursework available.
All content is Colorado POST certified. Please contact us for out-of-state POST credits.
Thursday: Certified Trainer Class
To become a Certified Trainer for the SRP and SRM, attendance is required on both Wednesday and Thursday. The normal cost for this is $300, but during the Symposium, the training certification can be obtained for $200. If a person attends the prior days of the Symposium, additional cost for Thursday is $100. Please submit an inquiry in the fields below. Please notify us if you will be attending on Thursday.
Travel and Lodging
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Must be booked before June 12, 2017.
Standard King room: $129 per night
Double (2 Queen size) or King Suites (1 King bed + Queen size sleeper sofa): $139 per night. Suite includes refrigerator and microwave. Rates include hot breakfast and WiFi.
Reservations can be made on the website: www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress or by calling 855-729-6009. Ask for I Love U Guys Foundation or block code ILU.
NOTE: No shuttle service is provided
If guests outside the region do not wish to rent a car, you may take a shuttle to and from Denver International Airport. We have arranged a discount with SuperShuttle. 1-3 people can get directly between the hotels and Denver International Airport for $85 each way.
Briefings attendees may reserve a ride online using this SuperShuttle link