School-Based Crisis Intervention: Preparing All Personnel to Assist

By Melissa Allen Heath; D. W. Sheen | Go to book overview

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Children's Literature
A Resource to Assist with Crisis Intervention

DAWN SHEEN, MELISSA ALLEN HEATH, NATHAN JONES, EMILY HEATON,
and APRIL GSTETTENBAUER


INTRODUCTION

In an educational setting, bibliotherapy is a useful way for teachers to help students cope with daily challenges. Students need support to face the many challenges and problems confronting them today. They also need a foundation of hope to face the uncertainties ahead. Cognitive, affective, and/or behavioral functioning are affected as students try to make sense of difficult situations. The teacher can be influential in the healing process as he or she assists in providing support and hope. Although it is not appropriate for the teacher to offer professional counseling, steps can be taken in the classroom to help students understand and deal more effectively with challenging or stressful situations. Teachers can address specific issues by sharing children's literature and thereby positively impact their students.

Certain events affect the emotional functioning of many students at the same time (e.g., 9/11, a publicized kidnapping, the death of a classmate, natural disasters). On a

Nathan Jones, MS, School Psychologist, Campbell, California.

Emily Heaton, BS, Graduate Student in School Psychology, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.

April Gstettenbauer, BS, Ventura, California.

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