1st Edition

Perspectives on School Crisis Response Reflections from the Field

Edited By Jeffrey C. Roth, Benjamin S. Fernandez Copyright 2018
    300 Pages
    by Routledge

    300 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book offers a unique collection of narrative case studies that capture the responses of mental health professionals to tragedies in schools and are designed to connect key concepts and skills with real life application. By citing evidence-based theories and interventions with vivid real world accounts, this volume aims to highlight the multi-phased, multi-disciplinary nature of school crisis response while emphasizing the need for effective coordination and collaboration. It provides a powerful professional development resource for school crisis teams, psychologists, counselors, social workers, nurses, resource officers, administrators and teachers, and training university students, who will face similar situations.

    Introduction: Perspectives on School Crisis Response 

    Section 1: School Crisis Response to Transportation Accidents 

    1. Fatal Car Crash: Tag You’re It – Reflections of a New Leader

    J. Douglas DiRaddo 

    2. Remembering Carlos: Professional and Personal Reflections

    Andrew Vengrove 

    Section 2: School Crisis Response to Death of a Student 

    3. Response to Sudden Deaths: A Primary Role for School Psychologists

    Anthony Pantaleno 

    4. Death in the Classroom: Severe Emotional Trauma

    Jeffrey C. Roth 

    Section 3: School Crisis Response to Death of a Teacher/Staff Member 

    5. Death of an ELL Teacher: School Researcher Experiences a Crisis

    Sara M. Castro-Olivo 

    6. Cancer Sucks: Deaths of a Teacher and a Nurse

    Christina Conolly 

    7. Illness and Death of an Elementary School Principal

    Melissa Heath 

    Section 4. School Crisis Response to Death by Suicide 

    8. Suicide Postvention Using the PREPaRE Model

    Terri A. Erbacher 

    9. Student Suicide on Campus: Response and Resilience

    Kathy Bobby 

    10. Suicide on the School Campus: Contagion Magnified?

    Lea Howell & Richard Lieberman 

    11. Critical and Emerging Needs in a Suicide Cluster: Lessons in Crisis Response, Long-term Planning, and Coordination

    Cynthia Dickinson, Richard Lieberman & Scott Poland 

    Section 5: School Crisis Response to Natural Disasters 

    12. Children of Katrina: A View from Texas and Mississippi

    Gabriel I. Lomas & David J. Denino 

    13. Anticipating Needs after Katrina: Welcoming Children and Families

    School District Memorandum 

    Section 6: School Crisis Response to School-Related Violence 

    14. Hope and Healing: A Community Response to a School Shooting

    Cathy Kennedy-Paine 

    15. Responding to Shootings in My School District: Commitment to Crisis Prevention and Intervention

    Scott Poland 

    16. School Survives a Cycle of Violence

    Jeffrey C. Roth 

    Section 7: School Crisis Response to Child Maltreatment 

    17. Betrayal of a School Community

    Jeffrey C. Roth 

    Section 8: School Crisis Response: Current and Future Directions 

    18. Current and Future Directions in School Crisis Response

    Terri A. Erbacher & Melissa A. Reeves


    Jeffrey C. Roth, PhD, NCSP, retired after over twenty years of co-leading a school district crisis response team. He is a licensed psychologist and adjunct professor at Wilmington University and was awarded School Psychologist of the Year by the Delaware Association of School Psychologists in 1993. He volunteers with American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health.

    Benjamin S. Fernandez, MS Ed, serves as a lead school psychologist for Loudoun County Public Schools and chair of the National Association of School Psychologist’s (NASP) School Safety and Crisis Response Committee. He was named School Psychologist of the Year in 2012 by NASP.

    "A perfect blend of research, practical application, and personal insight; an important resource for all school mental health professionals."
    Frank J. Zenere, EdS, chair, Crisis Management Program, Miami-Dade County Public Schools

    "This book’s firsthand accounts of how schools have responded to a variety of crisis situations make it a valuable crisis preparedness resource. Editors Roth and Fernandez are to be commended for assembling a well-respected group of school crisis response experts who, from their own crisis response experiences, provide guidance on empirically-informed school crisis response and intervention."

    Stephen E. Brock, PhD, NCSP, LEP, professor and school psychology program coordinator, California State University, Sacramento

    "In their introduction to Perspectives on School Crisis Response, the editors indicate that this ‘is a book of stories,’ including stories of sorrow, hope, and people helping others. This compelling introduction encapsulates the book’s essence. When reading each chapter, it is impossible not to experience a myriad of emotions. The authors do an excellent job at highlighting their experiences, while simultaneously providing the reader with concrete recommendations on how to respond to school crises."
    Jacqueline A. Brown, PhD, NCSP, assistant professor of psychology, acting director, School Psychology Graduate Training Programs, The University of Montana

    "Ben Fernandez and Jeffrey Roth deliver an invaluable resource and training tool for practitioners of school safety in Perspectives on School Crisis Response. Vivid real-world accounts of best practices and evidence-based theory from the field—and from multiple disciplines and perspectives—provide much needed context for an all-inclusive and comprehensive approach to school safety."
    Michele Gay, MEd, executive director/co-founder, Safe and Sound Schools