1. Student Mental Health and the Law: Best Practices to Ensure School Safety

Student Mental Health and the Law: Best Practices to Ensure School Safety

Student Mental Health and the Law: Best Practices to Ensure School Safety
Event ID: 73399
Session ID: 16182
Date: 11/21/19, 1 PM Eastern

Date: 11/21/19, 1 PM Eastern
Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Erin D. Gilsbach, Esq., attorney at law, Steckel and Stopp
Price: $299.00 webinar or On-Demand, $399.00 webinar and On-Demand. Each option may be viewed by an unlimited number of attendees in one room. On-Demand includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? K-12 administrators, district legal counsel, principals, counselors, coaches, board members, superintendents, teachers, staff
Best For: K-12

Student mental health is increasingly a concern in today’s schools, and a proper understanding of student mental health issues is vital for the safety of schools and the well-being of any student population. This session is designed to provide school personnel with vital and necessary information and tools that they need to be able to identify and handle student mental health needs in an effective and legally-defensible manner.

Please join school law attorney Erin D. Gilsbach as she provides practical tips and tools for schools regarding establishing legally-defensible protocols, practices, and policies. The session will address issues such as identifying students with potential mental health issues, lawfully addressing students expressing suicidal ideation, dealing with the impact of cyberbullying and social media concerns, supporting students with mental health needs, and more. The session also provides a concrete and detailed look at common school practices regarding student mental health issues, including approaches that have been found to be appropriate under the law as well as those that have been found by the courts to be detrimental to student well-being and/or violative of the rights of students with mental health disabilities.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • Identify current liability issues reflected in recent case law.
  • Delineate appropriate responses to students with mental health needs.
  • Identify ways to address cyberbullying and student social media issues.
  • Examine common school practices regarding student mental health issues.
  • Learn the dos and don’ts of responses to student mental health issues.



Your conference leader for “Student Mental Health and the Law: Best Practices to Ensure School Safety” is Erin Gilsbach. Ms. Gilsbach is a practicing school law attorney with the PA-based law firm of Steckel and Stopp. She is an experienced speaker at the state and national levels on matters regarding school law and a frequent author on education law topics. She currently serves as the president of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) Solicitor’s Association and is a member of the board of directors of the National School Boards Association (NSBA) Council of School Attorneys (COSA). Ms. Gilsbach provides a wide variety of training programs, as well as legal consulting services, to school districts, charter schools, non-public schools, and education-related organizations. She specializes in school policy and procedure legal defensibility audits as well as professional development in areas of special education, school technology, nursing and school health services, truancy prevention, child abuse prevention and mandated reporting, educator evaluation and discipline, and many other trending school law topics. Prior to attending law school, she taught high school English. Prior to entering private practice, she served for over two years at the PA Dept. of Education’s Office of Chief Counsel. Ms. Gilsbach was voted by her peers as a SuperLawyers “Rising Star Attorney” for 5 consecutive years and is an active member of and frequent presenter and author for NSBA, COSA, the national Education Law Association (ELA), PSBA, the LRP Institute, the National Business Institute (NBI), the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI), and a number of other legal and educational organizations. She is currently writing a book for LRP publications on school health services that is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2019.

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