School-based Crisis Intervention: Preparing All Personnel to Assist

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Guilford Press, Mar 17, 2005 - Psychology - 174 pages
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When a student is in dire need of emotional support, caring adults in the school can make a difference. This essential resource helps practitioners prepare all school personnel to respond sensitively and effectively to children and adolescents in crisis. Packed with user-friendly features--including over 50 reproducible tools--the book provides crucial guidance for helping students cope with such stressful circumstances as bullying, abuse, parental divorce, chronic illness, depression, loss, and more. The emphasis is on giving teachers and staff basic crisis intervention skills: how to react, what to say, and what to do to create a safe and supportive environment. In a large-size format with lay-flat binding to facilitate photocopying, the volume's utility is enhanced by many specific training ideas and activities.
This book is in The Guilford Practical Intervention in the Schools Series.
 

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Contents

What Where and How Often
14
Responding to a Crisis
23
3 Role Playing Crisis Scenarios
42
How to Listen What to Say and How to React
44
1 Listening Skills Part 1
58
Basic Listening Skills
61
A Resource to Assist with Crisis Intervention
64
1 Bibliotherapy Summary
73
7 Masks Ages 1218
110
Depression
112
Suicide
118
3 Signs of Abuse
124
9 Anxiety
130
Preparing Noninstructional Personnel and Bus Drivers to Assist
142
1 Crisis Intervention
149
Taking Care of Yourself
150

1 Evaluating Literature for Bibliotherapy
75
Assisting Students with Specific Problems
77
Death and Grieving
83
1 Thoughts Connect with Feelings Ages 8 and Older
104
APPENDIX A Free Crisis Intervention Resources from the Substance Abuse
161
References
167
HANDOUTS
172
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Melissa Allen Heath, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology and Special Education at Brigham Young University. Her primary research interest is crisis prevention and intervention in the school setting. She is a licensed psychologist and a nationally and state-certified school psychologist. In addition to serving on school crisis teams, district crisis teams, and community crisis teams, she also received crisis training through Red Cross Disaster Mental Health and Community Emergency Preparedness Training (CERT). Over the past 10 years, she has worked with schools and communities in developing basic training materials for crisis intervention.

Dawn Sheen is currently a master's student in school psychology at Brigham Young University. Prior to graduate school, she was a middle school teacher specializing in multicultural awareness and French and Spanish language instruction. Her previous experience with crisis intervention includes managing a women's shelter for those affected by domestic violence and assisting with a community rape crisis hotline. Recognizing the need for student involvement with disaster preparedness, she sponsored an after-school "Masters of Disaster" class taught in conjunction with the Red Cross. Her research interests include crisis prevention and intervention as well as multicultural issues in school settings.

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