Following is a list of the table of contents of sections with brief descriptions of the sections:
- Crisis Day Checklist: checklist and mini-descriptions of things to remember on crisis day. Guidelines for counselors, teachers.
- Forms: These are all of the forms one might use, including the list of initial contact people, information for team members, handouts about youth in grief, needs assessments, evaluations of the response efforts and more.
- Guidelines: How to notify staff, unique circumstances (special needs in times of murder, missing children, suicide, terminal illness and more), media issues and managing the press at the site.
- Getting Through the Day: Agendas for the before- and after-school meetings, announcements to students, sample letters to parents, tips on handling the class suffering the loss and more.
- SafeRooms: This is a student gathering place, not just a place for youth who “need help”. How it is portrayed dictates whether youth will use it! Guidelines, a non-disclosure statement for teams, checklist of materials, tips on helpful language, self-care ideas handouts and more.
- Activities: This section has 45 activities, some of which are ready to copy and hand out. This makes it possible for a teacher to have something to do in those long quiet moments after an announcement of a death has been read.
- Trauma: Coping strategies for youth, suggestions for staff and many handouts. This is a most helpful section.
- School Memory Activities: This section has several suggestions for giving students the opportunity to commemorate the life of someone loved and puts a formal ending point to the grief period. This is often a great aid in getting the school back to homeostasis because it meets so many needs.
- Follow-up: This is likely the least addressed area for many districts. How do you know when you’ve done enough? This section helps clarify that.
- Staff Task Descriptions: This begins the planning portion. Included are task lists for administrators, counselors, crisis team coordinators, press liaison, peer counselors, parent coordinators, the team coordinator, the team leader, the SafeRoom coordinator and mental health specialists.
- Appendix: Defines terms.
- Team organization: Effective team response, training needs for teams, team functions, philosophy clarification, team-district agreements and more.
- Bibliography: of books and materials separated by age for youth. Also sections for adults and professionals.
If you are taking CMI Flight Team (crisis response team) training, we recommend that you also purchase the Training Manual.