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Crisis Response & Intervention: Responding to Tragedy
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Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who are impacted by tragedy. Below are just a few resources to assist you in working with students, schools, families and communities following a heartbreaking event. If your district has a School Social Worker who is a SSWAA member, he/she can access a much more comprehensive list.  
SSWAA Members:
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Disaster Distress Helpline   Call 1-800-985-5990 or text "TalkWithUs" to 66746.

The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, can provide immediate counseling to anyone who needs help in dealing with the many issues and problems that might arise from tragedy and traumatic events.   Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Helpline immediately connects callers to trained and caring professionals from the closest crisis counseling center in the nationwide network of centers. Helpline staff will provide confidential counseling, referrals, and other needed support services.  The Disaster Distress Helpline is a 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week national hotline dedicated to providing disaster crisis counseling. The toll-free Helpline is confidential and multilingual, and available for those who are experiencing psychological distress as a result of natural or man-made disasters, incidents of mass violence, or any other tragedy affecting America's communities.

Our texting service also is available to Spanish speakers. Text "Hablanos" to 66746 for 24/7 emotional support.    TTY for Deaf/Hearing Impaired: 1-800-846-8517

Index

Debriefing: SSW's Guidelines in Working with Students After a Tragedy
"The School Social Worker in Crisis Situations: The Right Skills, The Right Professional"
Grief & Psychological First Aid
Resources for Parents:

        By Age:
       General:
       Documents in Different Languages
Resources for Schools
        Resources for Educators   
        School/District Level Crisis Response: Is Your School/District Ready?
        Support to Grieving Students
        Violence Prevention
Responding to Media & Media Coverage:
Responding to Natural Disasters
Self Care for Those Providing Crisis Response
Organization Links Providing Numerous Resources
Connecticut School Shooting Position Statement

Responding to Natural Disasters

In addition to the resources listed below,  please also see resources specific to Responding to Natural Disasters.

Debriefing:  SSW's Guidelines in Working with Students After a Tragedy

Crisis Intervention Resources for School Personnel  (Password:  ssw) Developed by School Social Worker, Jerry Ciffone and made available with his permission.  The documents are made available as a gesture of good will to assist school social workers and other school personal wanting to provide emergency mental health assistance to student groups in the aftermath of a student death or other critical incident.  Permission is granted by Jerry Ciffone to download and print these documents for internal use only within the school system where the tragic event has occurred. These documents may not be distributed outside of the school system where used unless special permission has been obtained from Jerry Ciffone. He may be contacted at:   jerry.ciffone.lcsw@gmail.com

Coping with Violence and Traumatic Events:  For Responders and Health Professionals     Numerous resources.     Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

"The School Social Worker in Crisis Situations:  The Right Skills, The Right Professional"

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has provided an excellent article outlining the value of School Social Workers in Crisis Situations.  The article notes:  "School Social Workers (SSWs) are extensively trained to manage and deal with crisis--providing an advantage in assisting school administrators and teaching personnel."  "They are trained to triage to determine priorities during emergencies."  "When crisis occur, they are trained and experienced in delivering difficult and sensitive information...that is  age-appropriate and culturally sensitive."   "Whether the crisis is outside of the school or if the crisis directly affects the school community, support, guidance, and expertise is needed to manage the crisis and lead the recovery."     "Needs persist long after the traumatic event and SSWs work closely with school administration and teachers to determine when children or families require ongoing support."   Read more.

Grief & Psychological First Aid

Click here for numerous resources.

Self Care for Those Providing Crisis Response  

Self Care for Responders Coping with Disasters and Traumatic Events.    Numerous resources.     Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Crisis Caregivers: Taking Care of Ourselves      National Association of School Psychologists

School Crisis: Aftermath for Caregivers    National Association of Secondary School Principals

Resources for Schools

Resources for Educators:

Child Trauma Response Toolkit for Educators  National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Coalition to Support Grieving  Students    SSWAA is a Founding Member of the Coalition to Support Grieving Students. The Coalition encourages school professionals to talk with students of all ages about death, grief and ways to offer support.  Their Website provides a wealth of resources      Read more about the data and importance of intervention at schoolwhat the Coalition has to offer  as well as Q & A about the Coalition.   Read articles that elaborate on direct ways to provide support.

Coping with Violence and Traumatic Events:  Coping with Mass Violence & Shootings     Numerous resources.     Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters:  What (Educators &) Community Members Can Do   National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

School Crisis Guide: Helping and Healing in a Time of Crisis (54 page PDF document).   National Education Association & Health Information Network 

Teacher Guidelines for Crisis Response   National Center for Crisis Response

Tips for Teachers Helping Children Cope with a Crisis  Los Angeles Unified School District Psychological Services

School/District Crisis Response--Is Your School/District Ready?

Creating and Updating Emergency Management Plans       (Several Resources)  Department of Education's Readiness & Emergency Management for Schools

Crisis Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Resource Center   National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention

Coping with Violence and Traumatic Events     Numerous resources     Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Emergency Planning     U.S. Department of Education

A Practical Guide for Crisis Response in Our Schools      National Center for Crisis Management: Guide for Crisis Response in Schools  $26.95

Responding to Media & Media Coverage:

Coping with Violence and Traumatic Events:  Tips on Media Coverage     Media Guidelines.     Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Helping Students Cope with Media Coverage of Disasters:  A Fact Sheet for Teachers & School Staff     Terrorism and disaster Center, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Responsible Media Coverage of Crisis Events  Impacting Children & Youth  National Association of School Psychologists

Organization Links Providing Numerous Resources  

Coalition to Support Grieving  Students    Their website provides a wealth of resources.  

Federal Emergency Management Agency

National Center for Crisis & Bereavement

National Center for Crisis Management

National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome

National Center for Trauma and Loss in Children

National Child Traumatic Stress Network.  "The National Child Traumatic Stress Network was established to improve access to care, treatment, and services for traumatized children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events."  Check out its numerous resources. 

Red Cross   The Red Cross helps disaster victims by providing safe shelter, hot meals, essential relief supplies, emotional support and health services like first aid. Trained Red Cross workers often meet one-on-one with families to develop individual plans and identify available resources to help aid recovery..  Red Cross disaster relief focuses on relieving immediate disaster-caused needs so that families can get back on their feet and resume their lives as quickly as possible. The Red Cross also supports emergency workers, links family members outside the disaster area, and provides blood and blood products to disaster victims.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration  Numerous Resources

Crisis Prevention and Response:  UCLA's Quick Find Clearinghouse.   Numerous Resources 

U.S. Department of Educations' Readiness & Emergency Management for Schools:  Technical Assistance Center    Numerous Resources

Connecticut School Shooting Position Statement (Archive)

See the Press Releases for Interdisciplinary Group Press Release information as well as the Connecticut School Shooting Position Statement endorsed by the School Social Work Association of America. 

 

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