Message From the Director
School-based crisis response teams are equipped to
respond to primary, secondary, and tertiary
victims of school violence.
The School Crisis Response Initiative's goals include
developing a model for crisis response, training
staff, and enhancing related community resources.
A Model for School-based Crisis Preparedness and Response
Effective crisis response models anticipate the results
of trauma, identify ways to help affected parties,
incorporate community resources, and anticipate future
Roles of Crisis Team Members
The responsibilities of all crisis team members are
Mental Health Triage
To maximize resources, children in need of immediate
assistance should be referred to community
Ongoing observation allows crisis team members to identify
parties in need of additional assistance.
Memorials should be appropriate and be established
only after the affected parties have had time to
grieve and adjust.
Enhancing Community Resources
School crisis preparedness plans benefit from the full
involvement of various service sectors.
Training Crisis Teams and School Staff
Crisis team members require appropriate training to
address student issues and support for their own
reactions to crisis.
Training and Technical Assistance Center:
This document was prepared by the Yale University Child Study Center, National Center for Children
Exposed to Violence, under grant number 1997-MU-MU-KO21, awarded by the Office of Juvenile
Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The
opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this document are those of the
author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of