The worst does unfortunately happen: teenage suicide, car/bus wreck, plane crash, murder, terrorist threat, school shooting. Critical incidents like this can affect your school community: how do you respond?
This training will enable schools to design, on purpose, in an informed way, a plan for their response to potential critical incidents in their school and community. Schools that have established protocols will be able to use this session to develop and update their strategies.
Participants will be taken through the theory, research and practice of critical incident response as espoused by American, Israeli and German specialists in this area.
The presentation starts with definitions of a “critical incident” versus a “sad event”. Participants are then taken through a series of exercises which illustrate a proven psycho-social educational approach to providing support to staff and pupils in the event of a critical incident.
A Circles of Vulnerability exercise provides a method of identifying the most vulnerable individuals after an event. This is followed by an exercise based on BASIC Ph which is a way of identifying coping strategies. A description of the Group Coping and Coaching approach to post-critical incident support for groups of pupils and/or staff affected follows.
This will be accompanied by advice on how to set up a critical incident response team in a school. All participants will be provided with a booklet, which can be adapted for their school.