Conference & Workshop Presentations


“As one of our staff put it, learning school safety from Michael Dorn is like learning literature from William Shakespeare.”

David C. Burleson, Superintendent

Burke County Public Schools, North Carolina

White House School Safety Summit Participant


“I was truly impressed by Michael Dorn’s presentations on school violence, bullying, school emergency preparedness and schools and terrorism given at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University. The content was very relevant and useful as these topics are new here in Vietnam.  Thank you ever so much for sharing with us such an excellent presentation.”

Phuong Nguyen, Ph.D., Country Director

Vietnam Education Foundation

Hanoi, Vietnam


Our analysts have presented from Virginia to Vietnam and have worked in countries ranging from Canada to the Congo. The experiences we have gained working in Israel, South Africa, Mexico, Bolivia and many other parts of the world allow our presenters to bring unique perspectives and a depth of experience to the table unmatched by any organization in the world.  Review the CVs of our presenters and you will see the wealth of experience they bring to each presentation.

Our presentation team has delivered impactful and practical presentations for more than 500 professional conferences to groups as large as 3,500 people.  Our analysts have presented for a wide array of organizations including the following examples of the types of state, national and international organizations we present for:

  • The United States Department of Education
  • The International Conference on Disaster Management
  • The International Bullying Prevention Conference
  • The National Association of School Resource Officers (NASSRO)
  • The International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA)
  • The National Association of Pupil Transportation (NAPT)
  • Vietnam National University
  • FBI Academy
  • United States Department of Homeland Security
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
  • United States Navy
  • United States Army
  • Israel National Police
  • Michigan State Police
  • Hawaii Department of Education
  • California Office of Emergency Management
  • Wisconsin Homeland Security Council
  • Utica National Insurance Company
  • Liberty Mutual/Indiana Insurance
  • Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
  • Oregon Department of Education
  • The Georgia Association for School Psychologists

Whether keynoting major professional conferences, school district convocations, delivering highly informative and interactive staff training sessions or facilitating work sessions, Safe Havens analysts use presentation styles based on recent research of modern adult learning styles. Our presentations are highly visual, information packed, interactive and enjoyable sessions that are designed to be unforgettable to those who hear them.  For world-class experience, published book authors, and most importantly, a burning passion to help make school a safer place, Safe Havens is the source of powerful and unforgettable staff development trainers and presenters.

Safe Havens has provided staff development for hundreds of public, charter, independent and other non-public schools, police departments and other local entities.  A few examples of the types of clients we have provided staff development for include:

  • Clark County Nevada Public School District in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Indianapolis, Indiana Public School System
  • The Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Buncombe County, North Carolina Public Schools
  • Asheville, North Carolina Public Schools
  • Rockdale County, Georgia Public Schools
  • The Atlanta, Georgia Public School System
  • The School District of Philadelphia
  • St. George’s Utah Public Schools
  • Lewiston, Maine Public Schools
  • Brookings South Dakota Police Department
  • Evansville-Vanderburgh, Indiana Public Schools
  • Greenville, South Carolina Public Schools
  • Helena, Montana Public Schools
  • Norwich Free Academy in Norwich, Connecticut
  • El Paso, Texas Public Schools
  • South Haven, Michigan Public Schools

OUR MOST POPULAR Presentation topics

Most of our presentations are designed to be “collapsible” – to be shortened or lengthened in time to fit the needs of our clients. We also routinely customize our presentations without any additional charge. Based on client feedback, we regularly combine multiple topics to better serve the needs of attendees and the time available for keynote presentations, breakout sessions or staff development sessions.

Bullying Abatement Strategies – presented by Michael Dorn

Creating Safe Havens – Proven Techniques to Prevent Campus Weapons Assaults – presented by Michael Dorn or Russell Bentley

Dream Catchers – Succeeding and Surviving in the Helping Professions – presented by Michael Dorn

Focus on Function – Turning Your Campus Emergency Plans into Three Dimensional Plans –  presented by Michael Dorn or Russell Bentley

Gate Keepers –  presented by either Michael Dorn or Russell Bentley

High as a Kite –Recognizing Street Drugs, Paraphernalia and Associated Behaviors –  presented by Chris Dorn

How to Conduct a School Vulnerability/Hazard Assessment –  presented by Michael Dorn, Chris Dorn and Russell Bentley (Available as a train-the-trainer)

Innocent Targets – When Terrorism Comes to School – presented by Michael Dorn or Chris Dorn

Know the Drill – Safe and Effective School Emergency Operations Exercises – presented by Michael Dorn or Russell Bentley

Let None Learn in Fear – Developing a Prevention and Mitigation Plan in Accordance with the U.S. Department of Education Model – presented by Michael Dorn

Mr. Jack – Removing the Fear Barrier to Improve School Climate and Raise Test Scores – presented only by Michael Dorn (good for keynote or endnote presentations)

Never Say “Just a Custodian” – presented by Michael Dorn

Permission to Live – Decision Making Under Stress –  presented by Michael Dorn or Russell Bentley

Sacred Place, Safe Place – Safety, Security and Emergency Preparedness for Places of Worship – presented by Russell Bentley

Safe Passages – School Bus Safety, Security and Emergency Preparedness – presented by Michael Dorn or Chris Dorn

Safe School Facilities Design Team Development – presented by Michael Dorn

Safety, Security, and Emergency Preparedness Planning for After-school Activities and Special Events – presented by Russell Bentley

School Bus Terrorism prevention and response – presented by Michael Dorn or Chris Dorn

School Buses and Terrorism – presented by Michael Dorn or Chris Dorn

School Safety Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow – presented by Michael Dorn, Russell Bentley or Chris Dorn (good for keynote or endnote presentations)

The Last Straw – Warning Signs of Destructive Youth Behavior and Multidisciplinary Threat Assessment –  presented by Michael Dorn or Russell Bentley

Weakfish – Bullying Through the Eyes of a Child – presented by Michael Dorn (good for keynote or endnote presentations)

Weapons Concealment and Visual Weapons Detection –  presented by Michael Dorn, Chris Dorn or Russell Bentley? (Available as a train-the-trainer)

What is Your Good Name Worth? School Safety, Security and Emergency Preparedness for Independent Schools –  presented by Michael Dorn or Russell Bentley

When Young Lives are at Stake – Emergency Operations Planning for Schools – presented by Michael Dorn, Chris Dorn or Russell Bentley