The NASP PREPaRE Curriculum (2011) provides school-based mental health professionals and other school personnel comprehensive training on how to establish and serve on school safety and crisis teams. The PREPaRE model emphasizes the following hierarchical and sequential set of activities:
P—Prevent and prepare for psychological trauma
R—Reaffirm physical health and perceptions of security and safety
E—Evaluate psychological trauma risk
R—Respond to psychological needs
The April 12th workshop provides school-based mental health professionals, administrators, security professionals, and other educators the knowledge and resources to help them establish and sustain comprehensive school safety and crisis prevention and preparedness efforts. With updated research and strategies, this workshop makes a clear connection between ongoing school safety and crisis preparedness. It also will emphasize the unique needs and functions of school teams and the steps involved in developing these teams, including a model that integrates school personnel and community provider roles. The workshop also explores how to prepare for school crises by developing, exercising, and evaluating safety/crisis plans.
Who Should Receive Workshop 1 Training
PREPaRE Workshop 1 is appropriate for all school personnel who need to understand how the comprehensive school crisis team is organized and functions. This can include but is not limited to school mental health professionals, administrators, teachers, other pupil services personnel, security officers, front office staff, transportation directors, and before & after school activities coordinators. Extensive program evaluation reveals that workshop participants improve both their knowledge about and confidence in providing crisis prevention and intervention services. (See evaluation summaries at http://www.nasponline.org/prepare/evaluations).
About the Presenters
Melissa Reeves, Ph.D., NCSP, LPC is a founding member and current Chair of the PREPaRE Workgroup. She is the primary author of PREPaRE Workshop 1: Crisis Prevention and Preparedness. Dr. Reeves received her doctorate from the University of Denver (Denver, CO), where she researched school-based mental health programming and interventions. Having participated in many different school crisis responses, she travels both nationally and internationally training professionals in the areas of crisis prevention and intervention, threat and suicide assessment, the impact of trauma and PTSD on academic achievement, and establishing a response to intervention model. She has testified before the U.S. Senate Ad Hoc Subcommittee for Disaster and Recovery regarding Children and Disasters: A Progress Report on Addressing Needs. She is the primary author of the book titled, Comprehensive Planning for Safe Learning Environments: A School Professional’s Guide to Integrating Physical and Psychological Safety, and co-author of two other books titled: School Crisis Prevention and Intervention: The PREPaRE Model and Identifying, Assessing, and Treating PTSD at School. Larry D. Hilgert, Ph.D., NCSP, a Georgia Licensed Psychologist and State Certified School Psychologist first completed training under the direction of the American Red Cross in crisis mental health counseling in 1988. Dr. Hilgert has also received training in death notification through the Georgia Psychological Association. Recently, over the past three years he has completed initial and advanced (Training of Trainers) in both crisis prevention and intervention through the National Association of School Psychologist’s PREPaRE model .