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School safety and mental health expert to speak at YUHSD Community Conversation

Yuma Union High School District will host its first Community Conversation of the 2018-19 school year at Kofa High School’s Auditorium on Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 6-7:30 p.m.

The event is the third in a series of public conversations to discuss topics of interest within high school education and the community, and will feature a presentation from school safety expert and clinical and forensic psychologist Dr. Joel Dvoskin.

“Dr. Dvoskin will provide expert training and public speaking that directly influences the way we talk about a rising concern in our schools,” YUHSD Superintendent Gina Thompson said. “He makes understanding topics such as school safety and mental health practical and gives parents, students, school staff and the community tools that we can use and share.”

Families from around Yuma County and vicinity are encouraged to attend, including elementary and middle school parents. Artifacts will be presented and, after presentation and clarification, questions will be taken from the audience.

Future YUHSD Community Conversations will be announced at a later date with host locations rotating to campuses throughout the district.

About Dr. Joel Dvoskin:

Dr. Dvoskin is a clinical and forensic psychologist, licensed in Arizona and New Mexico and certified in Forensic Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology.Joel Dvoskin

He served as Chair of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Behavior Health and Wellness for the State of Nevada. He is the former Acting Commissioner of Mental Health for the State of New York, after serving for more than a decade as Associate Commissioner and Director for Forensic Services for the New York State Office of Mental Health.

Dr. Dvoskin is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), and Past President of two APA Divisions, including the American Psychology-Law Society and Psychologists in Public Service.  He served on the APA Policy Task Force on Reducing Gun Violence, and on the APA Blue Ribbon Commission on Ethical Processes.

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Eric Patten