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August 8, 2013
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Preventing school violence is topic of Upstate conference Aug. 9

Upstate Medical University forensic psychiatrist James L. Knoll, IV, M.D., will lead a panel of experts at Upstate Medical University’s Fifth Annual Forensic Psychiatry Conference: Conversations in the Disciplines Friday, Aug. 9 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the auditorium at Hutchings Psychiatric Center, 810 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. The free conference will be of interest to those involved in mental health, medicine, nursing, health professions, education, social work and community advocacy.

While school violence has been widely studied, Knoll says that this workshop will address it from a scholarly, multidisciplinary perspective.

“We’ve brought together educators and practitioners from the State University of New York system and neighboring schools to discuss promising new research and evidence-based projects,” says Knoll. “The information that we impart will bring us closer to preventing violence from occurring in our schools.” Knoll is director of the Division of Forensic Psychiatry and Forensic Fellowship Program and associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Upstate and Central New York Psychiatric Center, and editor-in-chief of Psychiatric Times.

Knoll says that the workshop will cover a wide-range of topics including the NYSAFE Act; parenting as prevention in raising nonviolent children; school shootings and mental illness stigma; clinical correlates of school violence perpetrators; gun safety guidelines established by the American Academy of Pediatrics; violence risk assessment of youth and the return to school assessments; and violence in video games.

“Those who attend the conference will have a better understanding of the complexities involved in school violence, ranging from gun laws, to family dynamics, to personality traits of those at risk for violence,” says Knoll. “They will also walk away with strategies that, when used effectively, can be successful in preventing violence from erupting in our schools.”

Besides Knoll, workshop presenters include: Mary Muscari, Ph.D., of the Decker School of Nursing at Binghamton University, and Leonard Newman, Ph.D., of Syracuse University. Upstate Medical University presenters are Kevin Antshel, Ph.D., (also affiliated with Syracuse University); George Starr, M.D.; Sandra Atoniak, M.D.; Susan Chiebowski, M.D.; and Brandon Reynolds, M.D.

The conference is presented by the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Upstate Medical University, the Decker School of Nursing at the State University of New York, Binghamton, in collaboration with experts from State University of New York, Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital; and the Department of Psychology at Syracuse University.

Caption: James Knoll, IV, M.D., will discuss the NYSAFE Act at the Fifth Annual Forensic Psychiatry Conference: Conversations in the Disciplines Aug. 9.

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