Biography of Primary Presenter

Tammi Clarke has a background in community agency counseling and served as a school counselor for 7 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Central Texas, her master’s degree in Counselor Education at Jacksonville State University, AL and specialist degree in Educational Leadership at Columbus State University, GA. She currently serves Muscogee County School District in GA as a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Coordinator and federal grant (Project AWARE) manager. Project “Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education” (AWARE) focuses on building safe and responsive schools, increasing mental health awareness and connecting students and families to mental health supports and services. Tammi is married to Kevin Clarke, a retired Army Military Police Officer and has two children in college, a son working toward a degree in Information Technology and a daughter whose long term goal is to become a Neuroscientist.

Highest Degree of Primary Presenter

Specialist Degree

Presentation Abstract

Sources of Strength is designed to provide both awareness and early prevention as well as to support intervention systems already in place. Although suicide prevention is the primary goal, this program has shown to reduce violence and bullying as well. Through the use of peer leaders, Sources of Strength empowers students to spread hope, help and strength messages utilizing the influence of friendship networks and positive norming. The formula of one part fun, one part sharing and one part planning builds momentum and sustains interest in this peer leader program that is one of the most heavily researched.

During our presentation, we will discuss upstream prevention, the eight Sources of Strength that build resiliency, and the power of peer influence. This will be accomplished through the use of fun, awareness, and sharing. First, we will engage in fun activities that help develop relationships amongst participants as well as support points of discussion. Second, discussions will be held to identify the eight Sources of Strength associated with the program. Third, participants will have the opportunity to talk personally or in small groups about what strengths are strongest and which participants would like to strengthen, sharing what helps the most with managing anger, anxiety, or depression. Finally, presentations focusing on the power of positive norming and social networking will be reviewed.

This program empowers youth and focuses on strength and hope. Students who bring this back to the home positively impact the family unit.

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Sources of Strength: An Evidence-Based Student-Led Suicide Prevention Program

Sources of Strength is designed to provide both awareness and early prevention as well as to support intervention systems already in place. Although suicide prevention is the primary goal, this program has shown to reduce violence and bullying as well. Through the use of peer leaders, Sources of Strength empowers students to spread hope, help and strength messages utilizing the influence of friendship networks and positive norming. The formula of one part fun, one part sharing and one part planning builds momentum and sustains interest in this peer leader program that is one of the most heavily researched.

During our presentation, we will discuss upstream prevention, the eight Sources of Strength that build resiliency, and the power of peer influence. This will be accomplished through the use of fun, awareness, and sharing. First, we will engage in fun activities that help develop relationships amongst participants as well as support points of discussion. Second, discussions will be held to identify the eight Sources of Strength associated with the program. Third, participants will have the opportunity to talk personally or in small groups about what strengths are strongest and which participants would like to strengthen, sharing what helps the most with managing anger, anxiety, or depression. Finally, presentations focusing on the power of positive norming and social networking will be reviewed.

This program empowers youth and focuses on strength and hope. Students who bring this back to the home positively impact the family unit.