2020 ACSSW National School Social Work Institute

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Morning Presenter

Kris Mohandie, PhD

Dr. Kris Mohandie is a police and forensic psychologist with over twenty years of experience in the assessment and management of violent behavior. He has worked in field responses and case investigations for local, state, and federal law enforcement organizations including LAPD’s Threat Management Unit and SWAT/Crisis Negotiation Team.

He regularly consults on workplace violence, extreme violence, college and university and K-12 school violence, stalking, and threat cases in the private and public sector through his company Operational Consulting International, Inc. His book, School Violence Threat Management, came out in 2000 and is now in its second printing. Dr. Mohandie regularly trains and consults to schools and universities throughout North America after developing a model school violence threat management program.

Lunch Presentation

Joshua MacNeill, MEd     

Joshua "Josh" MacNeill, MEd began his career as a teacher where he quickly adapted trauma informed strategies into his classroom. Because of his success both in the classroom and in sharing these strategies with others, he began to get many requests to consult and train.

In addition to earning his Masters in Multicultural Education, Mr. MacNeill has completed The ChildTrauma Academy’s Neurosequential Model of Education training. He has presented at regional, state, national and international conferences and now offers training and consultation for schools throughout the United States and abroad. Josh has written the book, 101 Brain Breaks & Brain Based Educational Activities.

Kathy Van Horn, Licensed Psychologist, MEd

Kathy Van Horn, MEd has been working in the field of education for 35 years as a teacher, counselor, and administrator and has been consulting and training school personnel for the past 20 years. She currently is Executive Vice President of Lakeside and works part time as a professor in Eastern University’s graduate school counseling department.

In addition to being a Licensed Psychologist, Ms. Van Horn has been trained by the ChildTrauma Academy in the Neurosequential Model of both Therapeutics and Education. She has presented in regional, state, national and international conferences. Ms. Van Horn has recently published a curriculum for teaching trauma informed principles to students.

Thursday, June 18, 2020


Audra Langley, PhD

Audra Langley, Ph.D. is the Director of UCLA TIES for Families and Associate Professor at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and the UCLA Medical School Department of Pediatrics. She is an experienced clinician and researcher who specializes in evidence-based treatments for children and adolescents with post traumatic stress, anxiety, and related problems, and her body of work has sought to increase access to quality mental health interventions for underserved populations of children, including those in schools and involved with the child welfare system.

Dr. Langley has been the Director of Training for the SAMHSA-funded Trauma Services Center for Resiliency, Hope, and Wellness in Schools for over 10 years and served as Chair of the NCTSN School Committee for seven years, working to disseminate and tailor trauma-informed services in schools and for special populations. She is the author of four treatment manuals, including three for youth exposed to traumatic events. Dr. Langley recently completed an NIMH-funded grant to develop and evaluate an intervention for ethnically and socioeconomically diverse elementary aged children exposed to traumatic events. She has presented and published treatment manuals, research papers, and trainings on her work.

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