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PREPaRE School Crisis Prevention and Intervention Training Curriculum (2nd Edition)

Setting 
Schools
Type of Program 
Education & Training
2001 NSSP Goals Addressed 
2.3, 8.4, 8.5 (2012)
Program Description 

The PREPaRE School Crisis Prevention and Intervention Training Curriculum (2nd  Edition), developed by the National Association of School Psychologists, consists of two complementary workshops. Workshop 1 is designed to help schools create systems to meet the safety and crisis prevention and preparedness needs of students, staff, and families. Workshop 2 focuses on mental health crisis intervention and recovery. The curriculum builds on existing personnel, resources, and programs; links to ongoing school safety efforts; facilitates sustainability; addresses a range of crises (including suicide); and can be adapted to each school’s size and needs.

PREPaRE has three primary goals:

1.  Build school safety and crisis management capacity at the local level;

2. Improve schools' attention to mental health as key to prevention and recovery; and

3. Facilitate effective collaboration among school and community professionals by providing a common framework and language.

While PREPaRE is not itself a suicide prevention program, it does provide the type of training all schools should have prior to the implementation of suicide prevention programs.

Objectives 

PREPaRE Workshop 1
Participants will be able to take on the following responsibilities:
1. Participate more effectively on a school safety and crisis team;
2. Understand and help facilitate the major functions of the Incident Command System;
3. Help organize crisis planning and services within the four phases of crisis management (Prevention, Mitigation, Response and Recovery);
4. Provide guidance on developing effective crisis plans;
5. Improve ongoing prevention and early intervention efforts to promote psychological safety, including suicide risk assessment and supports;
6. Improve understanding and increase emphasis on psychological safety in all four phases of crisis management;
7. Distinguish between the purposes of a crisis team response plan and the school staff response plan, including critical components specific to each;
8. Provide staff development related to crisis prevention (e.g., signs/symptoms of students at risk for harming themselves or others) and crisis intervention (e.g., lockdown drills);
9. Support ongoing evaluation of crisis prevention and preparedness efforts; and
10. Integrate ongoing school safety crisis planning into multi-tiered systems of support.

PREPaRE Workshop 2
Participants will be able to take on the following responsibilities:
1. Improve awareness of and attention to promoting students’ psychological safety in the aftermath of a crisis;
2. Identify variables that determine the number of individuals likely to have been traumatized by a given crisis event, including death by suicide;
3. Identify how school crisis intervention and recovery fit into the multidisciplinary National Incident Management System's Incident Command System (NIMS/ICS) school crisis response;
4. Understand the triage variables that predict for psychological trauma;
5. Match the degree of psychological trauma risk to the appropriate school crisis interventions;
6. Provide staff development and guidance on supporting traumatized students in the classroom, including recognizing and referring students who may be at risk for self-harm;
7. Provide guidance on appropriate memorial activities, including special consideration for suicide deaths; and
8. Help school leaders support school staff in their caregiver role in the aftermath of a crisis, including recognizing staff members who may be at risk for extreme stress or suicide.

Implementation Essentials 
Contact Information 
 Katherine C. Cowan
Director of Communications
National Association of School Psychologists
4340 East-West Highway, Suite 402
Bethesda, MD 20814
301-657-0270
kcowan@naspweb.org
www.nasponline.org/prepare 



 

Costs 

 Workshop 1 (one-day training) fees:
$1500 per day per trainer + $35 per participant materials fee.

Workshop 2 (two- day training) fees:
$1500 per day per trainer (2 days=$3000) + $45 per participant materials fee.

Note: PREPaRE authors are $1500 per day per trainer; "local" PREPaRE trainers (non-authors) set their own training fees.

*The content of practices listed in Section III (Adherence to Standards) of the SPRC/AFSP Best Practices Registry address specific goals of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and have been reviewed by a panel of three suicide prevention experts and found to meet standards of accuracy, safety, and programmatic guidelines. Practices were not reviewed for evidence of effectiveness. Additional information about the Best Practices Registry can be found at www.sprc.org.

The Best Practices Registry is supported by a grant (1 U79 SM059945) from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). No official endorsement by SAMHSA or DHHS for the information in this document is intended or should be inferred.