Mental Health Crisis Interventions: Responding to an Acute Traumatic Stressor in Schools

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Session Dates

Wednesday June 15, 2022 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM - PaTTAN - CENTRAL
Thursday June 16, 2022 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM - PaTTAN - CENTRAL

This event is by invitation only. You must have a registration key in order to register.

The PREPaRE curriculum has been developed by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) as part of NASP's decade-long leadership in providing evidence-based resources and consultation related to school crisis prevention and response.

This training combines the important aspects of safety and crisis team and plan development with community collaboration to meet the physical and emotional needs of children and youth when a crisis event occurs. It also addresses how to minimize
traumatic impact through good prevention, intervention, response, and recovery efforts.

This training develops the knowledge and skill required to provide immediate mental health crisis interventions to the students, staff, and school community members who have been simultaneously exposed to an acute traumatic stressor. The knowledge and skill developed within this session also help to build a bridge to the psychotherapeutic and trauma informed mental health response sometimes required to address challenges associated with trauma exposure.


Participants will:

  • Report reduced anxiety and fear associated with the provision of school mental
    health crisis interventions
  • Report increased knowledge and confidence associated with the provision of school mental health crisis interventions
  • Identify variables that help to estimate the number of individuals traumatized by a crisis
  • Recognize the difference between common crisis reactions and mental illness
  • Identify the elements of school crisis preparedness specified by the PREPaRE
  • Recognize risk factors that predict psychological trauma
  • Identify the warning signs that indicate psychological trauma
  • Place PREPaRE mental health crisis interventions on a multi-tiered continuum
    ranging from least to most restrictive
  • Match the degree of psychological trauma risk to the appropriate school crisis

Target Audience

Individuals who are school mental health professionals, including school psychologists, school counselors, school social workers, as well as behavior specialists, nurses, and local community mental health providers. Individuals should attend as part of a school or LEA team.

Topics Covered: School Psychology

Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate individuals who have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and who need assistance at this event. Contact: Tina Rife, at 717-901-2278, or

Event Info

Event Type:


Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
No credit


PaTTAN Educational Consultant

Event Contact:


Tina Rife

Content Contact:

Erica Kaurudar