Training to Prepare Your Staff for Any Crisis

Our “Flight Team” Training provides 20 different areas of focus and gives a comprehensive foundation to those who will help schools recover when crisis or tragedy strikes.

Train Your Team

Participants will leave this training prepared to respond to a range of school tragedies and crises: deaths, homicides, suicides, natural disasters and more.    A number of organizational options (district, regional, community) are presented to maximize team strength depending on resource availability in your locale.

Intended Audience:  See below.

Flight Team Training What Your Gain
Flight Team Training How It Works

On-Site Option

Nothing provides the opportunity for personal growth and team skill-building like in-person training.  This is a three-day workshop for team members.  Administrators are included for two half-days.   We encourage districts to partner with those around you to share the training and provide the option for shared or”mutual aid,” increasing the skill base of those in all districts every time there is a response.   Inquire here.

Zoom & Hybrid Options

We learned during the pandemic that – no surprise – training via Zoom is considerably less effective.  Many of the skill-building activities used in the on-site training simply can’t be translated into that formal.  Thus, we are considerably reducing use of Zoom for training.  That said, we realize that it isn’t always possible for all participants to be in the same shared space.  If this seems like your only option, get in touch and we can explore options together.  Inquire here.


Flight Team Training What Your Gain

Training Structure

  • Administrators attend the first and last morning.
  • Each session includes large group learning, break-out sessions using handouts, and large group Q&A.
  • Each day builds on foundation from the day before, so mental health and team participants need to play on being there all three days.  It does not work to “share slots” and have two or three counselors attend different portions.
  • This training is best when it combines teams from several districts in a region.  ESDs, IUs, BOCES and other regional programs are ideal hosts for a collaborative training.

Who Should Attend

  • School Administrators
  • School Counselors
  • School Social Workers
  • School Psychologists
  • School Nurses
  • Mental Health Workers
  • Faith-Based Educators 
  • Community People

Topics Included

  • Overview of Crisis Response

  • Flow Chart of Crisis Day

  • Tasks of Grief

  • Developmental Stages of Grief

  • Garlinghouse Theory
  • Impact of Suicide on a Response
  • Trauma in the Individual
  • Trauma – Impact on a Response
  • Roles of Staff and Flight Team
  • Safe Room Activities
  • Safe Room Organization
  • Safe Room Process
  • Life Tribute
  • Student Belongings and the Empty Desk
  • Student Announcements
  • Media and Communications
  • Needs of Administration
  • Needs of Staff
  • Life Tribute
  • Next Steps: Organizational Options

A well-trained district crisis response team  is one truly amazing way to give back to your families and  community.

Flight Team (crisis response team) members respond to and support a  campus going through a crisis or tragedy. This course will give you the foundation team members need to respond with confidence.

Miko Price | School Counselor, Phoenix, AZ

Ready to get started?

We’ll be as flexible as we can, finding a plan that can work for you. 



We encourage districts to partner with others nearby to share costs of training and to enable you to lend mutual support.    


BOCES, IUs, ESDs and other Education Services Agencies:  When your districts are ready for the next level of preparedness, we’ll set up training for your group.  Be in touch here and we’ll tailor it to your unique needs!  



Recommended Material

Crisis Resource Manual, $55 Required

The Crisis Resource Manual is your “go to” guide for critical decisions and actions on crisis day. Critical content is in the front, making for quick access and ease of use when crisis strikes. This manual may or may not be included in your registration fee, depending on sponsor of training.

Training Manual, $55 (Discounted for attendees) Recommended

We highly recommend that this be used with the Crisis Resource Manual. Each chapter covers a different content area, and some chapters have exercises designed to help participants become more aware of their own issues from past experiences. 

The Safe Room book by CheriLovre

Safe Room Book, $25 Recommended

This book covers all dimensions of facilitating Safe Rooms — those nurturing spaces set aside for students who are in more profound grief following the death of a peer. Topics include philosophy, room set-up, rules and behavior management, activities and much more. 

Let’s Do This!