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Workshop in Crisis Prevention and Preparedness: Comprehensive School Safety Planning

The NASP PREPaRE Curriculum (2011) provides school-based mental health pro-fessionals and other school personnel comprehensive training on how to establish and serve on school safety and crisis teams. The PREPaRE model emphasizes the fol-lowing hierarchical and sequential set of activities:

P—Prevent and prepare for psycho-logical trauma
R—Reaffirm physical health and perceptions of security and safety
E—Evaluate psychological trauma risk P—Provide interventions
R—Respond to psychological needs
E—Examine the effectiveness of crisis prevention and intervention

Melissa Reeves and Larry Hilgert will be co-presenters of the 1-day workshop, scheduled for April 12th, 2013. The workshop provides school-based mental health professionals, administrators, security professionals, and other educators the knowledge and resources to help them establish and sustain comprehensive school safety and crisis prevention and preparedness efforts. With updated research and strategies, this workshop makes a clear connection be-tween ongoing school safety and crisis preparedness. It emphasizes the unique needs and functions of school teams and the steps involved in developing these teams, including a model that integrates school personnel and community provider roles.

The workshop also explores how to prepare for school crises by developing, exercising, and evaluating safety and crisis plans. The workshop registration fee includes lunch and all printed materials; CEUs are availa-ble; enrollment may be limited.

Melissa Reeves, PhD, NCSP, LPC joins us in Valdosta as current Chair and founding member of the PREPaRE Workgroup and is the primary author of PREPaRE Workshop 1: Crisis Prevention and Prepar-edness. Dr. Reeves is coauthor of Identify-ing, Assessing, and Treating PTSD at School (2010), and Crisis Prevention and Intervention: The PREPaRE Model (2009). Dr. Reeves is a two-time recipient of both the NASP Presidential Award and the NASP Crisis Management Interest Group Award for Excellence.

For more information contact:
VSU Continuing Education
Larry Hilgert

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