CA BOCES brings PREPaRE workshops to the Cattaraugus-Allegany region. The PREPaRE School Crisis Prevention, Preparedness, and Intervention Training Curriculum was developed by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) as part of the association’s decade-long leadership in providing evidence-based resources and consultation related to school crisis prevention, intervention, response, and recovery.
School psychologists, counselors, administrators, and other educational professionals from across the region worked together to learn how to establish and sustain comprehensive school safety and crisis prevention and preparedness efforts. The PREPaRE model builds on existing personnel, resources and programs, and can be adapted to individual district needs. The first of two PREPaRE workshops guided participants to explore how to prepare for school crises by developing, exercising, and evaluating safety and crisis plans.
Portville’s School Psychologist, Dr. Michelle Edick, stated, “The first day of the PREPaRE training gave me an opportunity to think about the ways our district is well prepared for a crisis and the ways we can continue to improve.” The presenters, Dr. Ellen Faherty (Director of the Lea R. Powell Institute for Children and Families and Clinical Associate Professor of School Psychology at Alfred University) and Dr. Hannah Young (Staff Psychologist at the Unity House of Cayuga County, Inc.) provided participants with updated research and strategies as well as a clear connection between ongoing school safety and crisis preparedness. The presenters emphasized the unique needs and functions of district and building teams and the steps involved in developing these teams, including a model that integrates school personnel and community supports.
School district crisis teams play a critical role in crisis prevention and intervention; the work goes beyond meeting the needs of students; it reaches faculty, staff, families, and many times local community members. As evidenced by recent crisis events across the nation, school districts are integral to an overall community crisis response in terms of providing a safe haven, disseminating information, indentifying individuals at risk, providing mental health services, linking individuals with community services, tracking displaced families, supporting long-term recovery, and serving as a model of normalcy in the face of trauma.
Please contact Anne Mitchell if you have questions about the PREPaRE workshops.