PREPaRE School Crisis Prevention and Intervention Training Curriculum (2nd Edition)
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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.
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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.
PREPaRE Workshop 1 Participants will be able to take on the following responsibilities:
- Participate more effectively on a school safety and crisis team;
- Understand and help facilitate the major functions of the Incident Command System;
- Help organize crisis planning and services within the four phases of crisis management (Prevention, Mitigation, Response and Recovery);
- Provide guidance on developing effective crisis plans;
- Improve ongoing prevention and early intervention efforts to promote psychological safety, including suicide risk assessment and supports;
- Improve understanding and increase emphasis on psychological safety in all four phases of crisis management;
- Distinguish between the purposes of a crisis team response plan and the school staff response plan, including critical components specific to each;
- 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);
- Support ongoing evaluation of crisis prevention and preparedness efforts; and
- 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:
- Improve awareness of and attention to promoting students’ psychological safety in the aftermath of a crisis;
- Identify variables that determine the number of individuals likely to have been traumatized by a given crisis event, including death by suicide;
- Identify how school crisis intervention and recovery fit into the multidisciplinary National Incident Management System’s Incident Command System (NIMS/ICS) school crisis response;
- Understand the triage variables that predict for psychological trauma;
- Match the degree of psychological trauma risk to the appropriate school crisis interventions;
- 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;
- Provide guidance on appropriate memorial activities, including special consideration for suicide deaths; and
- 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.
- PREPaRE Workshops should only be led by trainers approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). There is a list of approved trainers on the NASP website at http://www.nasponline.org/prepare/local-trainers.aspx.
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.