This 4.5 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.

Monday through Tuesday are expected to be all general sessions, with a reunification class and exercise on Wednesday. Thursday is for people who wish to become Certified Trainers for the Standard Reunification Method and Standard Response Protocol. There is an additional fee for this day.


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.


Inscription at the Columbine Memorial.
Photo by Ben Findling.


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 $350 for general sessions and an additional $100 for Thursday's Certified Trainer class, with proceeds benefiting The I Love U Guys Foundation. Early registrants will receive a discount. The Registration link will be live when Symposium dates are confirmed.

Video of the Ceremony at the Columbine Memorial during The Briefings 2017

Produced by Dr Selina Doran, Criminologist and Social Researcher, Scotland, UK

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2018 Symposium Focus


In Progress

The 2017 Symposium hosted many dynamic speakers and practitioners of school safety. They included: 

 Stacy Avila, Officer, Arvada Police Department, Negotiator, Jeffco Regional SWAT (retired); David Benke, Teacher, Deer Creek Middle School (retired); Cynthia Coffman, Colorado Attorney General; Wendy Davenson, LMFT, LAC, Certified Grief and Loss Counselor; A.J. DeAndrea, Sergeant, Arvada Police Department (active), Jeffco Regional SWAT (retired); Frank DeAngelis, Principal Columbine High School (retired); James Englert, James, Deputy, Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office; Jay Findling, Jay, Director of Emergency Readiness, Safety, and Security, NYC Department of Education, Office of Safety and Youth Development; Shoshanah Findling, Site Director, Graduate School of Education, Brooklyn Campus, Touro College; Jeff Genger, Emergency Preparedness Manager, Adams 12 Five Star Schools; Pat Hamilton, Executive of Operations, Adams 12 Five Star Schools; Sabra Jewell, Development Director, The “I Love U Guys” Foundation; John-Michael Keyes, Executive Director, The "I Love U Guys" Foundation; Heather Martin, Columbine Survivor, Teacher, Co-founder of The Rebels Project and Phoenix999; John R. McDonald, Executive Director of Security and Emergency Management, Jeffco Public Schools; Carolyn Lunsford Mears, Research Fellow, University of Denver, Fellow of Planned Environment Therapy Trust, England; Brian Murphy, Lieutenant, Oak Creek (WI) Police Dept. (retired); Jeff Pierson, Principal, Standley Lake High School; John Nicoletti, Psychologist, Nicoletti-Flater Associates; Mike Touchton, Sergeant, Arvada Police Department; Jon Widmier,  Director of Student Services, Jeffco Public Schools.

Over the course of the Symposium, we examined the components of a crisis or trauma, a logical timeline, and included information on what to do and how to do it.



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. 

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