Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Is Your State PREPaREd? Analysis of NASP PREPaRE Trainings

Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Is Your State PREPaREd? Analysis of NASP PREPaRE Trainings

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The PREPaRE School Crisis Prevention and Intervention Training Curriculum (Brock et al., 2016) has been developed by NASP as part of the association's leadership efforts in providing evidence-based resources and consultation related to school crisis prevention and response. PREPaRE training is ideal for schools committed to improving and strengthening their school safety, and crisis response and emergency management plans. PREPaRE provides school-employed mental health professionals and other educators with training on how to best fill the roles and responsibilities generated by their membership on school safety and crisis response teams. PREPaRE is the first comprehensive nationally available training curriculum developed by school-employed professionals with firsthand experience and formal training in responding to school-associated crisis events.

As of February 2016, nationwide almost 9,000 individuals have been trained in the PREPaRE's Workshop 1, Crisis Prevention and Preparedness: Comprehensive School Safety Planning (2nd ed.; Reeves et al., 2011); and almost 11,000 have been trained in Workshop 2, Crisis Intervention and Recovery: The Roles of SchoolBased Mental Health Professionals (2nd ed.; Brock, 2011). It is also important to acknowledge that these numbers do not include the more than 500 individuals living in other countries who have also been trained in the PREPaRE model.

Table 1 indicates where in the United States individuals trained in the PREPaRE model (i.e., those who have completed in their entirety Workshop 1 or Workshop 2) are found relative to fall 2016 projected public school enrollment. In other words, the best ratio of PREPaRE trained individuals to students for Workshop 1 is found in Delaware (1 trained individual for every 1,286 students). Similarly, the best ratio of PREPaRE trained individuals to students for Workshop 2 is found in Colorado (1 trained individual for every 988 students). The overall national average for Workshop 1 is one PREPaRE trained individual for every 5,782 school children, and for Workshop 2 the national average is one PREPaRE trained individual for every 4,664 students in the public school population.

Table 2 reports the total number of individuals trained in PREPaRE by state or territory. …

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