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Warning Signs for Parents made its official debut in March to more than 6,000 people at the statewide Summit on Safe Schools in Oklahoma City, convened by Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating.

Thousands of parents, teachers and students participated in the first ever Warning Signs for Parents forum, featuring Dr. Russ Newman, APA's executive director for professional practice, and Dr. Pam Fisher of the Oklahoma Psychological Association.

During the forum, a portion of the Warning Signs documentary was screened, followed by a dynamic dialogue with the audience about ways parents can talk to their children about violence and other important issues.

Audience members were given Warning Signs guides and Communication Tips for Parents, which is one of the new components of APA's Warning Signs for Parents initiative.

"The Summit on Safe Schools in Oklahoma provided an ideal opportunity to unveil the next step in our efforts to turn the tide on youth violence by closing the communication gap," Newman says. "Oklahoma's attention and comprehensive approach to this important issue is commendable."

The summit also featured a keynote address from entertainer Bill Cosby, whose message echoed that of APA's Warning Signs for Parents initiative.

Using a combination of comedy and reflection on his own childhood, Cosby underscored the need for parents and youth to communicate when he said, "You have to ask yourself people, what have you got to lose by talking about things?"

Following the summit, Warning Signs for Parents materials have been further refined based on feedback from practitioners at the State Leadership Conference.

The new kit for practitioners will include an updated discussion guide, resource information for parents, Communication Tips for Parents, as well as sample press materials, planning checklists and activity suggestions.

When completed, the parent kits will be mailed to all current Warning Signs kit holders and provided to any APA member who requests Warning Signs materials through the campaign's toll-free number, 877-274-8787 ext. 135.

Communication Tips for Parents will also be available to the public at no cost through APA's toll-free number, 800.268.0078, or through the Help Center Web site.
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