Responding to School Crises: A Multi-component Crisis Intervention Approach

Course Description:
Educators nationwide and worldwide struggle to establish and manage School Crisis Response Teams in response to the recent escalation in frequency and scope of campus emergencies. Community CISM teams have much to offer, but much to learn about the unique milieu of schools. Similarly, schools can benefit from CISM technology and strategies. This course attempts to develop a common language and approach that fits within the broad goals and specific needs of school crisis management. Working together in multi-disciplinary teams, we explore organizing principles, develop specific skills and culminate in a large incident planning simulation.

The Group Crisis Intervention course is recommended as a prerequisite but not required, as an overview of techniques will be provided. This course is designed for anyone with working in or with those in an educational setting.

Program Highlights:

  • Prevalence and effects of crisis on school performance
  • The comprehensive nature of crisis management
  • Developing a crisis plan
  • Intervention techniques
  • Effects of traumatic stress on learning and the school milieu
  • Specific goals of crisis response
  • Unique role and needs of building administrators
  • Mitigating the effects of a crisis
  • Responding to and managing a school-based crisis
  • Signs and symptoms of excessive stress

Completion of “Responding to School Crises: An Integrated Multi-Component Crisis Intervention Approach” and receipt of a certificate indicating full attendance (14 Contact Hours) qualifies as a class in ICISF’s Certificate of Specialized Training Program.