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

Date: 2014
Programs: date posted. Other resources: date published.

Information

Type:  Program/Practice, Education/Training Program
Organization:  National Association of School Psychologists
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.

Contact

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 

 

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.

Program 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

2012 NSSP Objectives Addressed: 

Objective 5.2: Encourage community-based settings to implement effective programs and provide education that promote wellness and prevent suicide and related behaviors.
Populations:  Youth, Children Ages 12 and Younger, Adolescents
Settings:  Schools, Middle School, High School
Planning and Implementing:  Strategic Planning
Strategies:  Respond to Crisis