Shawna Burns, LPC-S, LADAC-CS, is the founder of Seed Digging Wellness Center and is the presenter for ArkansasIDEAS’ new course, Suicide Prevention - Looking Deeper, which will be available beginning June 17, 2019. Ms. Burns brings an insightful perspective to suicide prevention and a track record of success in her practice. This course is part of the professional development rotation for educators for the 2019 – 2020 school year and will meet the requirements of Act 770 of 2011.
According to the Jason Foundation, four out of five teens display warning signs before they attempt suicide. In most cases, however, the seeds of trauma that brought them to that place were planted much earlier. In this course, Ms. Burns shares personal stories and case studies that show the connections between those seeds, student behaviors, and the innate needs within all of us. Burns discusses the importance of recognizing suicide warning signs, being aware of risk factors, and having a plan for prevention. She also shares classroom strategies for creating a safe and secure environment for students that speaks to the innate needs that are so often at the root of suicide.