PREPaRE Workshop #1: Prevention and Preparedness: Comprehensive School Safety Planning (2nd Edition)

This one day workshop provides participants with the knowledge to establish and sustain comprehensive school safety and crisis prevention and preparedness efforts. A clear connection will be made between ongoing installation and school safety and crisis preparedness elements such as improved school climate, student behavior and academic functioning, student resilience, and staff response capabilities. This workshop emphasizes 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 based upon the Incident Command System (ICS). The PREPaRE model builds on existing personnel, resources and programs, and can be adapted to individual school needs and size. Finally, specific attention is given to developing, exercising, and evaluating safety and crisis plans, in addition to emphasizing how to address media, technology, students with special needs, and cultural considerations. A certificate of attendance with CPD hours listed will be provided at the end of the workshop.

Target audience: any installation, school professional, and/or community provider/agency who serves on a school crisis team and/or is involved in establishing and promoting school safety (e.g. administrators, school psychologists, school counselors, school social workers, PMO’s/school resource officers, general and special education teachers, nurses, community providers, community agencies, etc…)

PREPaRE Workshop #2:Crisis Intervention and Recovery: The Roles of School-Based Mental Health Professionals (2nd Edition)

This 2-day workshop provides school-based mental health professionals and other school crisis intervention team members with the knowledge necessary to meet the mental health needs of students and staff following a school-associated crisis event.  This workshop teaches participants how: a) to prevent and prepare for psychological trauma; b) reaffirm the physical health of members of the school community and students’ perceptions that they are safe and secure; c) evaluate the degree of psychological trauma, d) respond to the psychological needs of members of the school community; e) provide multi-tiered levels of crisis interventions and supports; and e) examine the effectiveness of school crisis intervention and recovery efforts.

Target audience: School-based mental health professionals (school psychologists, counselors, social workers and nurses, community mental health providers), installation/community health and mental health providers who will support schools in providing crisis intervention and recovery services, as well as administrators and other school and installation officials who should understand the types of interventions and supports necessary to effectively meet short and long-term mental health needs of students, staff, and families.