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The Truth About School Violence

The past decade has repeatedly shown that student violence does not discriminate against any school regardless of wealth, location, size, or resources. However, educators who include prevention and continuous improvement of organizational health in their day-to-day planning will be rewarded with a cohesive school environment that is free of violence. Jared M. Scherz has written this book to raise educators' awareness of a school's organizational health. Healthy schools continually improve every aspect of the working and learning environment. Whether a school needs major reform or strengthening of already effective systems, readers will find sound strategies, including an assessment of existing and suggested prevention programming. This book will expand perspectives, challenge current beliefs, and provide a framework from which improvements can be made.

Harnessing the Power of Resistance

Forces for sameness and change result in resistance. If we can learn to tap into these competing forces, we are able to generate energy toward growth. This book is out of print from the publisher but can be found on

It Can't Happen Here

A fictional companion book for two non-fiction books released in July 2014 on school violence. Following a violent episode in a middle school, the superintendent forces the principal to bring in a consultant to help the school deal with the issue, but also to explore the circumstances that gave way for violence potential. Catastrophic School Workbook: Catastrophic School Violence

How to Succeed in Therapy Navigating the Pitfalls

Seeking therapy is among the most important mental health decisions a person will make and, yet, many clients are poorly prepared for what lays ahead. Here, Jared Scherz outlines the process for seeking therapy, from finding the right therapist and approach, to navigating the insurance and billing systems available. He details the most common pitfalls clients and their therapists face once therapy has commenced, and guides readers to avoiding those mistakes that can sabotage counseling.

Whether considering therapy for the first time or evaluating current help, this is the perfect companion to personal growth. Different from other books, insight is offered into types of therapy, such as group, marriage, or individual counseling, as well as theoretic orientations to help readers understand therapeutic approaches from the point of view of the provider. Scherz encourages a greater sense of personal responsibility and empowerment to navigate the healing and wholeness paths. Alternative health practices are also outlined to help people who wish to take a more holistic approach to wellness, both mental and physical. Readers will feel empowered by this book to take the first steps necessary to get the help they need, to continue along a path already chosen, or to take a different approach when one is not already working.

Catastrophic School Violence: A New Approach to Pr

This book delves deep into school culture and the school shooter. We generate a more comprehensive picture of school violence, including the personal, interpersonal, and environmental factors that help to generate a school serial killer. A new type of violence classification system is introduced, including Retributive Violence as well as a new tool for schools to use in preventing catastrophe. This book provides the foundation for building an early warning violence prevention and detection system for schools.

Through a new concept of reverse profiling, we will widen our perspective on the multiple causes of school violence moving us away from a static trait cluster or profile perspective. Through increased attention to processes, patterns, cycles, and other decompensation trends are the key to identifying schools which are vulnerable to violence and potential perpetrators.

Workbook: Catastrophic School Violence

This workbook offers a comprehensive review of existing violence prevention programs, helping schools to evaluate their existing program and select the right approach for them. Very practical guidance is offered on building a prevention paradigm that integrates into the existing mission and vision of your school. This paradigm is broken down into measurable areas including parent involvement, the use of technology, and the role of social media in violence prevention.

The Cards of Life: When all Hope is Gone

"People say I inspire them, but I’m not sure why; I am a young girl from the hood who made it out. I don’t consider myself to have all the answers. My childhood life was hell from as far back as I can remember. By the age of five years old, I had been exposed to homelessness and child molestation. I was placed in foster care and four different living situations (from one home to another), in and out of the court system, exposed to child protection agencies, missing my father who was in prison, and dealing with my mother who was in and out of jail as well as addicted to crack cocaine and men who were no good for her. As far as I can remember, this was my life before kindergarten.

I have lived through life’s many struggles and persevered through every storm that blew my way. I am writing this story to inspire you. As you are going through your storms, let my stories of triumph and encouragement minister to your spirit and give you the strength to fight through any given situation (molestation, rape, failure, death, legal problems, horrific home situations, problems at work, financial woes, and any given burden). I challenge you to lay them down one by one and press forward to become a stronger you. I hope that you become motivated with every scripture and quote. Do not let the statistics in society that condemn you to fail define you. It is my prayer that you can keep moving forward and see the light at the end of the tunnel. I want you to know it is not where you start but how you finish. Not everyone is equal, as we are born into circumstances beyond our control. Some of us have more advantages than others do, whether it is better homes and cars, better parents, or ideal living situations. Like a deck of cards, some of us get the ace of spades and some get the joker. Life is not an even playing field; the cards you’re dealt may not be the ones you desire, but if you keep playing your hand you could still win the game. It is what you do with your situation that co

What Keeps Leaders Up at Night

o matter how many initiatives you spearhead or how hard you think about decisions, you will make the occasional management misstep. All leaders do. You can lie awake at night questioning yourself or you can read this book.

As a clinical and business psychologist who works with executives around the world, Nicole Lipkin knows the stresses leaders face. In What Keeps Leaders Up at Night, she presents smart solutions to the common mistakes leaders make with their people, answering questions including:

Why do I sometimes feel threatened by my best people? - How do I remain cool in hot situations? - How can I ensure people hear what I say? - How can I cope more effectively with change? - Why have I lost so many of my best employees to the competition?

The book examines engagement, motivation, expectation, emotions, interpersonal and group dynamics--all the psychological principles that play pivotal roles in the workplace. Featuring illuminating examples and exercises, What Keeps Leaders Up at Night shines a bright light into the dark corners where all leaders struggle with their own shortcomings.

Y in the Workplace: Managing the "Me First" Genera

Y in the Workplace illustrates how the values, attitudes, and expectations of Generation Y have had an impact on corporate environments, intergenerational functioning, and management strategies. To help this generation successfully transition into the workplace while creating a shared vision, authors Lipkin and Perrymore provide you, the manager, with the following:

* Psychological insight into the character of this generation.
* Strengths and challenges that Generation Y is bringing to the workplace.
* Coaching strategies and ways to harness their strengths, minimize their weaknesses, and illuminate their talents.
* Hope about their abilities as supervisors and managers, and about their positive impact on the future of your company.

Whether you are a small business owner, manager, HR professional, or teacher working with Generation Y, this book is a must-read to gain insight into why this generation is the way it is, how to help them become the best they can be, and how to integrate them into your company and work with them.

School Law: What Every Educator Should Know

School law covers a broad area with complexities and nuances each educator would benefit from understanding. Read this book from the most prolific educational law professor in the country to have these difficult topics made simple.

Teachers and the Law (9th Edition)

Written in a user-friendly question-and-answer format that engages and encourages readers, the new eighth edition of Teachers and the Law offers future educators a thorough and wide-ranging understanding of United States public school law. Eliminating technical and intimidating legal speak in favor of clear and simple explanations, this comprehensive school law text provides school professionals with the knowledge and tools they need to both understand legal issues as they arise and to practice preventive law regardless of their legal background. Blending the use of straightforward and easy-to-understand prose with real-life examples and case studies, Teachers and the Law is a vital reference for those who are likely to face pressing school law questions in their coming careers as educators.

The newest edition of this text highlights current trends and decisions in the most recent areas of school law. New topics include teachers’ controversial postings on the internet, the Teacher Liability Protection Act, peer sexual harassment, disciplining students for cyber-bullying, recent restrictions on teachers’ academic freedom and personal life, protections for gay and lesbian students, and for students’ freedom of religious and political expression. The eighth edition also explains changes in affirmative action decisions, special education, and the likely changes in the No Child Left Behind law. In addition, the most current edition divides the topic of freedom of expression into two chapters to give readers an expanded understanding of this increasingly controversial topic for both teachers and students.

Principals Avoiding Lawsuits: How Teachers Can Be

This book gives principals the tools they need to avoid lawsuits by teaching their staff the information they need to practice preventive law.