Interview with Authors of School Crisis Prevention and Intervention: The PREPaRE Model

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The following is an interview with Stephen Brock, Amanda Nickerson, Melissa Reeves, Shane Jimerson, Richard Lieberman, and Ted Feinberg - the authors of the new NASP publication, School Crisis Prevention and Intervention: The PREPaRE Model. Except where otherwise noted, responses were excerpted from the authors' responses to Communiqué questions.

COMMUNIQUÉ: What exactly does this book cover?

Authors: School Crisis Prevention and Intervention: The PREPaRE Model provides the theoretical and empirical foundations for the PREPaRE training curriculum. It offers practical best practice guidance culled from a careful review of the available literature in school crisis prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery.

COMMUNIQUÉ: Why do we need a book on this topic?

Authors: School Crisis Prevention and Intervention is particularly important as university programs and professionals embrace best practices in school crisis prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery. Prior to the publication of this book, the PREPARE curriculum was only available via participation in workshops. This book offers increased access to the PREPaRE training model and can be used to help build crisis preparedness capacity at both the inservice and preservice levels.

COMMUNIQUÉ: Who is the target authence?

Authors: School Crisis Prevention and Intervention is appropriate for practitioners, trainers, and students who are responsible for the education and support of children at school. It is particularly relevant for professionals who maybe involved in school crisis prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery efforts; those who may provide leadership or serve in the role of crisis intervention specialists; and those committed to improving and strengthening their school crisis prevention activities and emergency crisis response procedures. This includes school-based mental health professionals (e.g., school psychologists, social workers, counselors, and nurses), administrators, and other individuals who may collaborate in crisis prevention and intervention activities. Additionally, this book may be helpful for community-based mental health professionals who work with a school crisis team and/or may be brought in to the school to assist in crisis response.

COMMUNIQUÉ: How was the PREPaRE curriculum developed and how does it relate to this book?

Authors: In 2003, then NASP President Diane Smallwood formed an ad hoc committee that proposed the development and dissemination of a "NASP Model" of school crisis prevention and intervention. A subsequent survey of state association leaders identified significant need, desire for, and capacity to support such a NASP-sponsored training program. Thus, in 2004 the authors of this book formed what was then called the Crisis Prevention and Intervention Workgroup. In consultation with school psychologists and experts from across the globe, the workgroup developed and then pilot tested the PREPaRE curriculum in March 2006. Subsequently, over 2,000 participants (nationally and internationally) of various educational professional affiliations have taken PREPaRE workshops, and over 200 have become PREPaRE trainers. From participation in these workshops, school psychologists, other educators, and university trainers began to request that a book be developed. It was hoped that such a resource would increase access to the curriculum, as well as be used to facilitate preservice graduate level course work.

COMMUNIQUÉ: What were the significant challenges in completing this project?

Authors: The initial development of the PREPaRE curriculum was an enormous undertaking that has involved the steadfast commitment of each workgroup member. We found the book less challenging in some ways because it was an expansion of the already developed PREPaRE curriculum. Working as a team of authors can be challenging, but it has also been great fun and extremely informative to learn from each other. …