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The crisis state is “……a temporary state of upset and disorganization, characterized chiefly by an individual’s inability to cope with a particular situation using customary methods of problem solving…….. (Slaikeu, 1990)
*Any school or community event that may impact the daily functioning of 8 or more people at a work site.
Why is it important to be Prepared to Intervene?
“Recent literature also suggests that childhood trauma can have a lasting impact on
child cognitive, moral, and personality development, and coping abilities”
“It is generally accepted now that children represent a highly vulnerable population,
for whom levels of symptoms may often be higher than for adults.” (Barenbaum et al, 2004)
What are Crisis Event Classifications?
Severe illness and/or injury (cancer, life-support, bacterial infections, paralysis,
heart disease, asthma)
Threatened death and or injury (kidnapping, drive-by shooting, car accidents, rape)
Violent and/or unexpected death (homicide, suicide, accidents, heart attack
Natural disasters (earthquakes, wildfires, floods)
Man-made and industrial disasters (train derailment, gas leaks)
Acts of war and/or terrorism
Compiled from 2006 National Association of School Psychologists’ PREPaRE: School crisis prevention and intervention training.
We Have a Crisis, Now What?