Tragedy and Disaster Response Resources

I cannot begin to imagine the insurmountable grief the community of Sandy Hook Elementary School is experiencing after the horrible school shooting tragedy.  My thoughts and prayers are with the parents, students, school staff, community and those affected by the shootings.

As school counselors, we play an integral role in supporting crisis planning and crisis response. The School Counselor Blog Facebook community has come together to share resources related to trauma and crisis response.  I will be adding to this list as I become aware of more resources. Please add resources you know about in the comment section of this post.

I urge you when you return to your schools on Monday to review your school crisis plan, whether you are a seasoned school counselor or a school counseling graduate student. If your school does not have a crisis plan assemble a team to make one. If you are a graduate student not yet in a practicum or internship site, start a conversation at your university about crisis planning and response.

My heart goes out to the Sandy Hook Elementary School community.

An Urgent Message from Teaching Tolerance from Teaching Tolerance

Ask the Expert: Newtown Tragedy interview with Pam Dyson, LPC

Addressing Sandy Hook (and Other Tragedies) in the Classroom from User Generated Education, Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D.

Books to Share with Children After a Tragedy from School Counselor Blog

Coping with Violence and Traumatic Events from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SMHSA)

Culturally Competent Crisis Response: Information for School Psychologists and Crisis Teams from National Association of School Psychologists

Dealing with Grief: Five Things NOT to Say and Five Things to Say in a Trauma Involving Children from Huffington Post

Disaster Mental Health Resources from American Counseling Association (ACA)

Disaster Trauma Responses of Children from American Counseling Association (ACA)

Emergency Management Resources and Emergency Planning Links from Center for Safe Schools

Guidelines for Administrators, Counselors, and Teachers – Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting from Crisis Management Institute

Healing After Tragedy from Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago

Helping Children Cope with Tragedy Related Anxiety from Mental Health America (MHA)

Helping Kids During a Crisis from American School Counselor Association (ASCA)

Helping Students Navigate a Violent World from Teaching Tolerance

Helping Students Through Tragedy from Barbara Gruener

How to Talk to Children About School Shooting from WebMD

How to Talk to Your Kids About the Conn. Shooting from National Public Radio (NPR)

Listen, Protect, Connect - Model and Teach: Psychological First Aid (PFA) for Students and Teachers from

Memorial Activities at School: A List of "Do's" and "Don'ts" from National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

No Ordinary Monday from Responsive Classroom

Practical Information on Crisis Planning: A Guide for Schools and Communities from

Restoring a Sense of Safety in the Aftermath of a Mass Shooting: Tips for Parents and Professionals from Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress

Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting from Crisis Management

Talking to Children About the Shooting from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
Do you know of other resources related to tragedy and disaster response? 

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Danielle is a K-12 Certified School Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and blogger at School Counselor Blog, a place where school counselors share innovative ideas, creative lesson plans, and quality resources. Connect with Danielle via emailTwitterPinterestLinkedInGoogle+, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.

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