Crisis Resources

School Counselors:  Please remember to take care of yourself as you are working to take care of the needs of so many others.  It is important to take breaks, get exercise, engage in your own normal activities, and seek out your own assistance, whether through supervision or personal therapy, depending on the situation at hand.

  • Try and keep routines as normal as possible. Kids gain security from the predictability of routine, including attending school.  
  • Limit exposure to television and the news.  
  • Be honest with kids and share with them as much information as they are developmentally able to handle.  (This includes lessons and talks to classrooms after the crisis)
  • Listen to kids’ fears and concerns.   
  • Reassure kids that the world is a good place to be, but that there are people who do bad things. 
  • Parents and adults need to first deal with and assess their own responses to crisis and stress.  
  • Rebuild and reaffirm attachments and relationships. (source: www.schoolcounselor.org)
  • Additional webinars, books, and resources from ASCA
The resources from ASCA include ways to develop a crisis plan for your school if you do not already have one.  I strongly recommend having a plan in place before a crisis occurs and reviewing it with all team members at least once a year.
  
These resources are excellent to share with school staff as well as parents through your school counseling department's blog, Twitter feed, webpage, or newsletter.