Learning From Real School Crises: Narratives and Reflections of Responders (MS039)

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
10:00 AM–11:50 AM

  • PMD: 2,6
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn the benefits of personal narrative case studies for reflecting on and examining the effectiveness of response to school crises.
  2. learn through personal narratives describing the facts, feelings, and evidence-based skills of responding to real school crises.
  3. learn to develop best practices during a variety of challenging school crises, by applying concepts and skills of the PREPaRE model.
  4. learn through in-depth discussion with experienced responders, the thoughts, emotions, and lessons learned during response to school crises.


Personal narratives about real school crises provide powerful training for responders. "Compassionate stories" combine an understanding of both the skills needed to intervene and the emotions evoked during response. A distinguished panel of experienced responders will reflect on incidents such as sudden deaths, suicide and contagion, shootings, and maltreatment. Crisis events illustrate how the PREPaRE model and other evidence-based practices can be applied to complicated issues. There will be in-depth discussion with participants and panelists.

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Jeffrey C. Roth, PhD, NCSP, Brandywine School District -- Retired, Wilmington, DE
Benjamin S. Fernandez, Loudoun County Public Schools, Ashburn, VA
Catherine G. Kennedy-Paine, National Emergency Assistance Team, Springfield, OR
Scott Poland, Nova Southeastern University, Hollywood, FL

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