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Toward Successful School Crisis Intervention
9 Key Issues



May 2007 | 128 pages | Corwin

"Of major importance to everyone involved in education. This quick-reference guide will help educators plan for a crisis before it happens."
—Sharon Roemer, Principal
Ocean View Elementary School, Arroyo Grande, CA

"The author is an experienced crisis intervener and has a refreshing, conversational tone."
—Michael Pines, School Mental Health/Crisis Intervention Consultant
Los Angeles County Office of Education, CA

Before tragedy strikes, make sure your intervention team is prepared.

Despite their best and frequently heroic efforts, school crisis intervention teams often find themselves unprepared for the many types of tragedies they face. This timely text prompts crisis intervention team members to reevaluate their beliefs and practices and consider a new approach to dealing with school crises.

Author Charles M. Jaksec III, a longtime school social worker and crisis intervention team member, draws upon his extensive experience in discussing nine critical issues. Rather than serving as a step–by–step plan for responding to a crisis, these nine topics encourage readers to examine their approach to crises before they happen. An ideal book study for those involved in crisis prevention and intervention, this concise guide demonstrates how to meet the needs of all school member—students, educators, and noninstructional staff—and offers:

  • Illustrative vignettes with every chapter
  • Helpful tips for team members
  • Discussion questions to guide reflection and action

Arm your team with the knowledge it needs to proactively and effectively prepare for a school crisis.


 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
 
1. The Responsibility for School Crisis Intervention: Whose Job Is This, Anyway?
Who Should Provide Crisis Intervention?  
Reasons for Reluctance  
Eager to Help But Unprepared  
Helpful Tips  
Questions for Discussion  
 
2. Necessary Attributes and Abilities for Team Members: What Does It Take?
Attributes for Handling a Crisis  
Abilities in Handling a Crisis  
Helpful Tips  
Questions for Discussion  
 
3. Training of School Crisis Intervention Team Members: Going to War Without a Weapon?
When Training Is Inadequate  
How Are School Crisis Interventionists Prepared?  
Preservice Training  
Inservice Professional Development  
Tips for Training Inadequately Prepared School Crisis Intervention Teams  
Evaluating the Effectiveness of the Training  
Helpful Tips  
Questions for Discussion  
 
4. Logistical School Crisis Response: The Overlooked Intervention
Organized Response Is the Difference Between Sucess and Failure  
Developing a Logistical Plan of Action  
Helpful Tips  
Questions for Discussion  
 
5. Determining the Impact of a Crisis: How Big Will the Bang Be?
Looking Before You Leap  
Assessing Impact Variables  
Determining the Scope of the Crisis  
Awareness of the Number of Crises a School Has Suffered  
Availability of Support Staff  
Location and Time of the Crisis  
The Immediacy of the Crisis  
Identifying Who Has Been Affected by the Crisis  
Three Critical Questions to Address Impact Effectively  
Helpful Tips  
Questions for Discussion  
 
6. Non-School-Based Crisis Intervention Teams: Districts and Schools Working Together
The Make Up of District-Level Teams  
Advantages and Disadvantages of District-Level Crisis Intervention Teams  
Three Guidelines for Non-School-Based/District Crisis Teams  
Helpful Tips  
Questions for Discussion  
 
7. Teachers: The Overlooked Interventionists
What Prevents Teacher Involvement in Crisis Intervention?  
The Provision of In-Class Crisis Intervention  
The Case for Teachers as Crisis Interventionists  
Administrative Steps for Teacher Inclusion in Crisis Intervention Activities  
Helpful Tips  
Questions for Discussion  
 
8. Did We Forget Anyone? Addressing the Needs of Every Staff Member
Why Faculty Members Don't Always Receive Support  
Helpful Tips  
Questions for Discussion  
 
9. Primary Prevention: Preparing for Crises Before They Happen
The First Level of Intervention Is Prevention  
Why Don't Schools Usually Engage in Primary Prevention?  
The Benefits of Primary Prevention  
Misconceptions About a Preventive Approach  
Looking Forward  
Helpful Tips  
Questions for Discussion  
 
Conclusion
 
Resources
 
Common Questions and Helpful Answers About Group Counseling Sessions
 
References

"An important topic for everyone involved in education. This quick reference guide will help educators plan for a crisis before it happens."

Sharon Roemer, Principal
Ocean View Elementary School, Arroyo Grande, CA

"The author is an experienced crisis intervener and the book has a refreshing, conversational tone."

Michael Pines, Consultant, School Mental Health/Crisis Intervention
Los Angeles County Office of Education

"Written by a longtime school social worker and crisis intervention team member who uses this experience to address nine topics readers can use to manage crises. Perfect for teachers and educator administrators alike."

California Bookwatch, October 2007

"Merits the attention of a wide array of school-based professionals because it provides sound information in a user-friendly manner. Thought-provoking discussion questions are available, making this book a resource for the training of interventionists as well as for strengthening existing crisis plans."

PsycCRITIQUES, February 2008, Vol. 53(9)
American Psychological Association

"An invaluable tool for staff and faculty members who make up institutional crisis committees as well as those who are the first-line defense against crises that are a reality in our schools."

NACADA Journal, Spring 2008, Vol. 28(1)
Key features
  • Illustrative vignettes begin every chapter
  • "Helpful Tips" and "Discussion Questions" end every chapter
  • Addresses meeting the needs of all school members: students, educators, and non-instructional staff

Sample Materials & Chapters

Jaksec Intro

Jaksec Chapter 1


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