ERIC Number: ED438492
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
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Critical Incident Stress Management in Schools: Mental Health Component.
Tortorici Luna, Joanne M.
This manual provides a brief framework of organization that serves as a response tool for a wide spectrum of crisis circumstances encountered by schools. It is meant to be a generic guide for school teams and should be customized by each school that uses it. Even with emergency procedures in place, each crisis at a school needs to be evaluated as it occurs. As mandated by Senate Bill 187 (The Safe Schools Act), all California schools are now required to have a safety plan. However, the mental health, or stress management, aspect of crisis management is often overlooked, and less often practiced by schools. This manual is meant to be a companion document to such school safety plans, mandated by the Safe Schools Act. Its format and terminology are in accordance with California's Standardized Emergency Management System, making it easy for schools to integrate it into their documents. The manual includes guidelines for debriefings, guiding questions for a critical incident stress, and a suggested plan of action for prevention/preparedness, emergency, and recovery. Also included are suggestions for the classroom teacher on how to "defuse" a critical incident and emotional first-aid suggestions for caregivers. (GCP)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Support Staff
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Identifiers - Location: California