Helping Students During Crisis

 • Try and keep routines as normal as possible. Kids gain security from the predictability of routine, including attending school.
• Limit exposure to television and the news.

• Be honest with kids and share with them as much information as they are developmentally able to handle.
• Listen to kids’ fears and concerns.
• Reassure kids that the world is a good place to be, but that there are people who do bad things.
• Parents and adults need to first deal with and assess their own responses to crisis and stress.
• Rebuild and reaffirm attachments and relationships.

ASCA Webinars on Crisis
Counseling Kids in Crisis
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Infusing a Caring Climate in Your School
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Supporting Students After Crisis and Loss
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Suggested Web Sites

American Psychological Association
Managing Traumatic Stress
Building Your Resilience
Managing Your Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting
Helping Your Child Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting
Managing Your Fear about Ebola

American Pediatric Association
How to Discuss Ebola with Your Children

American Red Cross
Recovering Emotionally

Coalition to Support Grieving Students
Death and School Crisis

Department of Education
Helping Youth and Children Recover From Traumatic Events
Creating and Updating School Emergency Management Plans
Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center

FEMA for Kids
Helping Children Cope With Disaster

National PTA
Contains information about "Discussing Hate and Violence with Your Children." - Talking With Kids About the News
Develop strategies for discussing today's headlines with chlldren. Learn how to calm their fears and stimulate their minds.

Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration
Disaster Distress Hotline

The Child Mind Institute
How to Help Children Cope With Frightening News
Going Back to School After a Tragedy

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Talking to Children about Community Violence

School Violence Resource Center
The goal of the School Violence Resource Center is to help reduce violence and violence-related behavior in American schools. Resources available include a fact sheet on school violence and prevention issues, training for school resource officers and flip charts designed to serve as a quick reference for school administrators and teachers on how to react to school emergencies, including student violence, student injuries, child abduction, fire and natural disasters.

Crisis Management Institute 

Ready Campaign
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Ready Campaign helps the public be prepared in case of national emergency

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Dealing with Natural & Man-Made Disasters

The National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder


US Department of Education
Advice on how to help students recover from traumatic events.

Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Information on how to help children deal with disasters. 

Natural Disasters

The American Psychological Association (APA) Health Center
Managing Traumatic Stress: After the Tornadoes 
Recovering from the Wildfires 
Manage Flood-Related Distress by Building Resilience
Strengthening Your Emotional Well-Being Ahead of the Flood

Wildfire – Are you prepared?

Mental Health America (MHA)
Coping With the Stress of Natural Disasters 
Coping With Disasters

The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
For Parents and Caregivers/Hurricanes
Parent Guidelines for Helping Children Impacted by Wildfires 
Wildfires: Tips for Parents on Media Coverage 
Simple Activities for Children and Adolescents

Sesame Street Hurricane Toolkit

Project Recovery Iowa
Coping With Floods
Flood Aftermath: Helping Your Children

Man-Made Disasters

The American Psychological Association (APA)
Terrorism and other disasters
Managing distress after school shootings

The National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

The Office for Victims of Crime

Documents and Publications

Talking to Children About Terrorism and School Shootings in the News

Guidelines for Responding to the Death of a Student or School Staff
Guidelines from the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement designed to help school administrators, teachers and crisis team members respond to the needs of students and staff after a loss has affected the school enviroment.

Parent Guide
The National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement and the New York Life Foundation have partnered to develop a booklet providing practical advice on how parents and other adults can support grieving children.

Practical Information on Crisis Planning: A Guide for Schools and Communities
Developed by the U.S. Department of Education, this publication helps schools understand the components of crisis planning and the crisis preparedness process and provides examples of best practices.

School Crisis Guide: Help and Healing in a Time of Crisis
This guide, published by the National Education Association Health Information Network incorporates lessons learned from Virgnia Tech, Hurricane Katrina, 9/11 and other tragic events. It provides guidance about preparing for, managing during and recovering from a wide variety of crises.

Guidelines for Helping College Students in the Aftermath of the Shooting at Virginia Tech
Published by the Crisis Management Institute

Scared or Prepared
This article from the March/April 2007 issue of ASCA School Counselor magazine, by noted school safety expert Kenneth Trump, provides information about proactively developing a school security and emergency plan.

By The Numbers
This article from the March/April 2007 issue of ASCA School Counselor magazine, breaks down crisis management in the schools into 10 important components, helping educators manage an otherwise overwhelming process. The author, Scott Poland, served on the national crisis teams following school shootings in Littleton, Colo.; Paducah, Ky.; and Red Lake, Minn.

Culturally Competent Crisis Response: Information for Crisis Teams
This document talks about the importance of delivering culturally competent crisis responses in our changing society. Although written for school psychologists, this document provides and excellent resource for school counselors in giving strategies and tips for effective crisis response planning and implementing.

Lessons Learned from the Shootings at Columbine High School
This pamphlet talks about the immediate response and the long-term impact that took place in the wake of the Columbine shootings. It also discusses the human impact of both of these and how positive relationships can mediate the negative effects of this crisis.

National Education Association Crisis Handbook

Kid Peace
School shooting prevention tips

Responding to Natural Disasters: Helping Children and Families

Helping Children After a Natural Disaster: Information for Parents and Teachers

Help for the Helpers

Help for Caregivers/Parents