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Keys To Safer - Second Annual National Conference on School Violence Prevention  July 29-30, 2002, Orlando, Florida                 Canadian

School Violence Prevention

     Conference and Workshop

May 25-28, 2004 - Orangeville, Ontario Canada 


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No place should be safer than our schools...
but are they as safe as they could be?

Teen charged with murder after April 29, 1999 Canada school shooting



A report was prepared on contract for the Corrections Branch, Ministry of the Solicitor General of Canada





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While this report was very complimentary of the efforts of the School Boards surveyed, they found two significant needs:

  1. more staff training opportunities in the areas of school violence and violence prevention and
  2. high quality evaluations of policies and programs and good methods to report incidents of school-based violence.


This conference and workshop will address these identified needs. Three areas of violence in schools will be addressed in separate workshops:


  • Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student: Learn more

    Potentially Dangerous Students including Germany most recent Alleged School Shooter 4/02.

This workshop consists of Certification Training in using a unique Assessment Instrument to look at the Early and Imminent Warning Signs displayed by a student. It does not pretend to predict violence in any student but will point out a student who is in need of help and what interventions are appropriate and available.

  • Train-the-Trainer: Bullying Stops When Respect Begins: Learn more

    Bullying Stops when Respect Begins

This workshop leads to Certification as a Trainer in this special program. It examines the 4 domains that support an environment of bullying, they are, The Bully, The Victim, The School and The Parent. It will also examine the role of the largest segment of those who support bullying: The "stand by and do nothings." This program does not set forth punishment for bullying but rather replaces poor behavior with the positive character trait of Respect.

This workshop will provide detailed information on the increasing incidents of terrorist attacks, to include Chemical and Biological agents and what schools can do.  It will explore the practice of terrorists turning to "soft targets" as the standard targets become more difficult to reach. Most importantly, this workshop will produce a detailed, school specific Terrorism Response Plan for all who participate.

Think you don't have time to attend training?

How long will it take to do it on your own?

 My day is completely filled now. If I did all that is expected of me, I would need a 25 hour day and two of me. Now you want me to write the Crisis Contingency Plan for Terrorist Attack. You can't be serious! 

Teachers, Counselors and Administrators are saying the same thing. Does this sound like something you have said lately?  


 Canadian School Violence Prevention Conference and Workshop

Day 1. Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student. What are the the Early Warning Signs that Schools should know? If observed, what do they mean? How important is just one sign? In this workshop, these and many more questions will be answered. You will be Certified to use the Keys Assessment Instrument, a unique tool that weighs the early and imminent warning signs and leads to identifying students who are in need of immediate intervention. 

Day 2 and Day 3. Train-the-Trainer: Bullying Stops When Respect Begins. This is not an anti-bullying campaign. It teaches students the character trait of respect and replaces bullying with a more positive behavior. It is both a campaign and a program. Upon completion, you will be Certified as a Trainer with the ability to return to your school and train both staff and students to help others.  There is a Trainers Manual and Student Character Ed. Workbook include as well.

Day 4. Terrorism and What Schools Can Do. This workshop will look at common, existing delivery systems and concentrate on three major areas of vulnerability within schools;  
    * Transportation
,  * Vending/Delivery Services,
 * Food Service. (see article
Terrorism is more widespread than ever and signs indicate that it will continue to expand. Guidelines published for industry and government agencies do not work well for schools. This workshop will discuss what does work and what schools can do practically. At the completion of this workshop, participants will have completed Terrorism Contingency Plan.

If you work with students, as an educator, School Resource Officer, parent or other capacity, make plans now to join us in Orangeville, Ontario Canada
May 25-28, 2004 to learn from others in the field how your organization can increase its' ability to safe-guard Students and Staff.

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WHAT will be presented:   

  • Practical Instruction

  • Field proven techniques

  • Facts about School Shootings, Bullies and their Victims, Terrorism

  • Help for Potentially Dangerous Students

  • Role playing that works

  • Interactive learning

  • Sharing of experiences, successes and failures

  • The fullest, most exciting 4-day event of the year


WHO will be the presenters: 

Sgt Curtis Rutt M.B., Currently serving as the Training Sergeant for Orangeville Police in Orangeville, Ontario, Curtis Rutt has over 17 years law enforcement experience.  He has served as a Patrol and Street Crime Officer, Drug Enforcement Officer, Tactical Officer (S.W.A.T.), Underwater Search and Recovery Specialist and Instructor, Police Sniper, Use of Force Trainer, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Tactical Firearms Instructor, Police Motorcycle Officer, Search and Rescue Incident Commander, Immediate Action/Rapid Deployment Instructor, and Certified Trainer in Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student.  Curtis was awarded the Medal of Bravery in 2001 from Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada for a police diving incident.

Frank G. Green
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Frank Green, LPC is a Retired Military Officer. He was a contributing author for Military Field and Training Manuals on Rear Area Combat Operations, Counter Terrorism Procedures, Order of Battle and others that deal with gaining knowledge about and countering the activities of insurgents and terrorists. He gained expertise in identification, methods of employing and functioning of explosive devices while serving in these positions. In assignments around the world and in the United States, Frank was responsible for Risk Assessment, Threat Analysis and Security for international exercises and the dignitaries (at the highest government levels) who attended.

Mike Nelson
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Mike Nelson, MS, LPC, NCC a native of Miami, Florida and Director of Keys To Safer, is a Mental Health Therapist and past military Combat Controller/Air Traffic Controller.  He is a member of NASRO.  As a former Director of Program Development for a Tri-County Community Mental Health Center and Assistant Director of Youth Services for a Tri-County Community Mental Health Center, he provided Clinical work with serious offender juveniles and families. He has worked with parents of school shooting victims, law enforcement officers (ex. Officer who shot student in El Cajon, California, at Granite Hills High School.) , Superintendents at Schools involved in School Shootings (ex. Superintendent of Schools in Pearl, Mississippi) teachers, students, and more.


WHERE will it be:

  • Hockley Highlands Inn and Conference Centre - Orangeville, Ontario Canada  Map

  • About 45 miles from Toronto & 100 miles from Niagara Falls, NY

  • 176 guest rooms and suites offering a varied selection of accommodation styles

  • 2 comfortable lounges with wood burning fireplaces

  • 13 mini lounges for break-out gatherings

  • Creative, culinary fare in La Bruschetta Restaurant and Fireside Bar

  • The renowned Bruce Trail, located on the property, providing memorable sights and sounds during individual or group hikes

  • Skiing and Golfing just 3 minutes from Centre

  • Indoor pool, exercise and fitness centre, games room

  • Picnic area, putting green, bird sanctuary, baseball, volleyball, outdoor basketball, outdoor badminton, street hockey, snow shoeing and tobogganing.    Top

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  * Over-view of Inn    * Swimming Pool   * Game Room   * Fitness Centre


WHO should attend? (target Audience):

  • Schools, Cooperatives, Regional Offices - Administration, Counselors, teachers, Crisis Team Member, Risk Assessment Members and more...

  • Law Enforcement - School Resource Officers, Dare Officers, Sheriff Departments, Juvenile Court Staff, County Crisis Team Members, those that interface with schools on "Bomb Threats", "Student verbal threats", "Weapon on camp searches", and more....

  • Caregivers - Parents, Grandparents, Foster Parents, PTO/PTA, Parents-on-Patrol,  CHADD, and more...

  • Other Youth Related Organizations - YMCA's, Boys and Girls Club, Emergency Shelter Staff, Youth Camps, Residential Youth Facilities, School-Based Mental Health Professionals and more... Top

HOW much will it cost:  Conversion rates --> click here

  • Cost per person is as follows (all costs are in U.S. Dollars);

    • $500 U.S. cost for the 4-day Professional Training featuring;

      • Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student -  (May 25)

      • Bullying Stop when Respect Begins -  (May 26-27)

      • Terrorism, Violence and what Schools can do! -  (May 28)

    • or to attend individual trainings only, it is;

      • $130 U.S.- Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student

      • $295 U.S. -Bullying Stop when Respect Begins

      • $130 U.S. -Terrorism, Violence and what Schools can do!


  • What does the above cost cover, since there are no additional costs excluding Hotel stay!

    • The one, two or four days of Cutting Edge Training selected above.

    • The appropriate Manual (included in Cost of training)

    • Certifications

    • Continuing Educational Credit toward Professional Licenses

    • Lunch provided by Hockley Highlands Inn and Conference Centre

    • Networking with professionals from all-over Canada, the USA and more.

  • $50-110 Canadian ($37-82US) "see conversion rate above" per night at the Hockley Highlands Inn & Conference Centre. **

  • $500 Vendor Booth***  Top

*Conference Registration information -  To receive early registration/payment price the payment must be received on or before April 30, 2004 "EXTENDED to May 10, 2004", after date there will a 20% additional cost. You may pay by All Major Credit Cards, Check On-line, or Purchase Orders (PO); however, PO's must be paid by the dates above before registration is complete. There is no guarantee of space availability after this date.   Click for more information   Top

**Reserve a Room Hockley Highlands Inn and Conference Centre - When you register for the conference, we will send you a code for reserving your rooms at the Inn. If you reserve your rooms without this code, you will be charged the prevailing rack rate, which is considerably higher.  The Inn has extended this rate to Conference attendees before and after the conference, so bring your family for a Canada vacation.   Click for more information   Top

***There is limited space available for vendors who wish to exhibit their materials or services to this special audience. Please contact Keys by email quickly to secure your booth.

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