Magazine article Techniques

From Healing to Helping

Magazine article Techniques

From Healing to Helping

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Most Americans remember where they were and what they were doing on April 19,1995, when the Edward R. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was bombed. Imagine how it must have affected Oklahomans.

Belinda McCharen, recently named Oklahoma's school-towork coordinator, remembers how she felt that day. In her typical style, she reacted by taking action.

The Saturday after the bombing McCharen and five school counselors met for a brainstorming session. The result was an invaluable resource for elementary school teachers and counselors. The Terrible Scary Explosion, a book written almost entirely by McCharen, is about crisis management.

"Many children in our schools were having trouble dealing with this tragedy and, quite frankly, this was to help us cope as well," she says.

The American School Counseling Association and Sylvan Learning Center funded the project and Kinko's printed the book for free. "With the cooperative effort of a lot of people, we were able to place a copy in the hands of every elementary teacher and counselor in the state by the end of April," McCharen says.

Before becoming school-towork director, McCharen was guidance coordinator in the Oklahoma Department of Vocational and Technical Education for 10 years. …

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