The Training Manual


The Training Manual was originally designed for participants in five-day crisis team trainings offered by CMI. 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. This allows trainees to be able to predict what kinds of crisis situations may be difficult once they’re responding as team members in the school setting.


Chapter One – Administrative and Organizational Issues

  • Things to consider
  • Recommended approach
  • The SafeRoom
  • Home visits
  • Managing the Media
  • Team – Administrative relationship
  • Self – Care for Administrators

Chapter Two – Grief, Loss and Bereavement

  • Tangible and intangible aspects of loss family systems and grief
  • A”map” of the grieving process
  • Common grief reactions
  • Acute reactions
  • Myths about grief
  • Factors affecting the grief process
  • Consequences of maladaptive coping strategies or avoidance
  • Skills for those in the helping role

Chapter Three – Children in Grief

  • Needs of youth in grief
  • Determinants of the grieving process
  • Common reactions to grief in youth
  • Suggestions for school staff
  • Thoughts about how kids grieve
  • Recommendations for youth

Chapter Four – Suicide

  • Understanding the causes
  • Myths about suicide
  • Suicidal personality traits, high risk groups, warning signs
  • Tools for helping
  • Screening, risk assessment
  • Giving hope to a suicidal person
  • Suicide watch
  • Six things school need to have in place for suicide prevention
  • Interventions in schools in the aftermath of suicide

Chapter Five – The Trauma Response in Individuals

  • Victim-oriented intervention
  • Biochemistry of the traumatic response
  • Reactions to trauma
  • Age related reactions in children
  • Bibliography

Chapter Six – Intervention in the Aftermath of Trauma

  • Management of the environment of trauma
  • Interventions for individuals
  • The Lovre Model of Intervention
  • Critical Incident Stress Debriefing
  • Victim-oriented intervention
  • Crucial communication
  • Special needs of children
  • Implications for schools
  • Secondary trauma
  • Other treatment models

Chapter Seven – Violence Prevention

  • Community risk factors
  • Building risk factors
  • Program risk factors
  • Violence as an epidemic
  • Examining your own situation’
  • Programs with promise
  • Resources
  • Book list

Chapter Eight – SafeRooms

  • Philosophy of the SafeRoom
  • SafeRoom leadership and staff support
  • Function of the SafeRoom
  • The process
  • The SafeRoom as the heart of crisis response
  • Factors which help kids grieve
  • Things to monitor in the SafeRoom

Chapter Nine – Unique Deaths and Challenging Circumstances

  • Murder
  • Missing children
  • Medically frail/terminally ill students or staff
  • When one child suffers a loss
  • Thoughts about managing situations involving terminally ill staff members
  • Additional thoughts about staff deaths

Additional information

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