ERIC Number: EJ714291
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun-1
Reference Count: 32
Bioterrorism Preparedness: What School Counselors Need to Know
Baggerly, Jennifer N.; Rank, Michael G.
Professional School Counseling, v8 n5 p458 Jun 2005
To ensure the safety of school-aged children and adolescents, school counselors must not ignore or deny the public health threat of bioterrorism (Henderson, 1998). Rather, school counselors must be prepared with knowledge about bioterrorism and intervention skills. Bioterrorism within the United States is a continuing threat. Because children and adolescents are among the most vulnerable populations during a bioterrorist attack, school counselors must be prepared with knowledge and skills. This article provides pertinent information including (a) a description of bioterrorism and biological agents, (b) the psychological impact of bioterrorism, (c) school counselors' role in a school-related incident, and (d) disaster mental health principles and procedures. Implications for school counselors are discussed in the context of the ASCA National Model[R]. A description of biological agents can be found at the CDC Web site, listed in the Appendix of this article.
Descriptors: Disease Control, Terrorism, Public Health, National Security, Mental Health, School Counselors, School Counseling, Intervention, Counselor Role, Biochemistry
American School Counselors Association, 1101 King St., Suite 625, Alexandria, VA 22314. Web site: http://www.schoolcounselor.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States