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ERIC Number: ED313999
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Effective Crisis Management at the Smaller Campus.
DeWitt, Robert C.
Pennsylvania State University Beaver Campus developed crisis guidelines and a formal working relationship with a local community mental health center in order to be able to deal with on-campus crises and their followup. The guidelines provide each employee with a single, easy-to-follow document that outlines the decision making process to be followed in various crisis situations (e.g., rape, suicide attempts, and alcohol abuse). To provide access to professional counseling and care when necessary, there is an annual contract with the local community mental health center. The development of such crisis guidelines requires involvement from a large segment of the campus (e.g., security, university relations, residential life staff, and the health center). The chief student affairs officer and campus president should appoint a working crisis team and plan to develop and implement the crisis guidelines. The following areas should be addressed: media relations; rape protocol guidelines; suicide guidelines; names and home phone numbers of the campus crisis team; what to do if medical attention is needed; phone numbers of local police, hospitals, mental health centers, women's centers, and campus security; involuntary withdrawal procedures; transportation issues; and crisis and administration followup. The demands placed upon the counseling and residential staff of a small college when dealing with a suicidal or emotionally disturbed student can be very difficult. Development of crisis guidelines and a formalized relationship with the local mental health center can provide support for the staff and give students who need assistance quality service. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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