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Crisis, Trauma, & Disasters

This page provides links to information for teachers, parents, practitioners, and more.  If you develop materials that you would like to share, contact the webmaster and explore the possibility of posting your materials online. **LSPA does not specifically endorse any materials, resources, trainings or organizations listed here nor do we maintain the links provided. If you have an immediate crisis, call 911. Additionally, the National Suicide Lifeline number is 1-800-273-TALK.

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Resources & Information

Responding to COVID-19

In response to COVID-19, NASP has outlined action steps for school crisis response teams and tips for talking with children about Coronavirus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have also posted resources for schools to use as they plan, prepare, and respond.

Hurricanes & Other Crisis Situations In Louisiana

In the midst of a crisis, please let us know of any LSPA members who have been impacted. Please send names and as much information as you can provide to president.lspa@gmail.com. Use the resources below to continue to aid in recovery. We aim to support recovery efforts in any way we can. 

2016 Louisiana Flood: THANK YOU! 

Thank you to all members, friends, and family who donated time, money, and a supportive ear to support members and the greater community impacted by the 2016 Louisiana Flood. Recovery is expected to be ongoing and we hope that LSPA can be a resource for families, students, educators, and school psychologists. Here are some resources from NASP about the 2016 floods that may be helpful today: PPT Webinar and Flood Resilience.

LSPA School Safety, Trauma and Crisis Committee

This committee is new and is looking for members with skills to assist districts, families, students, crisis teams across the state and regionally. If you are interested in assisting in any way (serving as a resource or contributing), please contact sarahpfletcher@gmail.com.

In planning, here is a link to the Ohio School Psychologist Association's Crisis Committee that serves a similar function. 


  • Home Assistance Cleanup (Flood Relief): 
    • 1-800-451-1954
  • National Disaster Distress Helpline: Call 24/7

    • 1-800-985-5990 and SMS (text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746).
    • Toll Free, Multilingual, crisis support service 

Professional Trainings

American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Worker: This provides the eligibility and training information about becoming a DMHW. Certified School Psychologists, Certified School Counselors, LPCs or LMSWs, or those retired with a certification/license in the past 5 years are eligible.

FEMA: FEMA offers free online training on a variety of topics. Here are some examples:

  • IS-100.SCA: Introduction to the Incident Command System for Schools ~3hrs
  • IS-360: Preparing for Mass Casualty Incidents: A Guide for Schools, Higher Education, and Houses of Worship ~3hrs
  • IS-362.A: Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools ~3hrs
  • IS-366.A: Planning for the Needs of Children in Disasters ~4hrs        

Suicide Prevention Resource Center: SPRC offers free online courses open to anyone. Here are some examples:

    • Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM)~2 hrs
    • A Strategic Planning Approach to Suicide Prevention ~5.5 hrs
    NASP PREPaRE: 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. PREPaRE training is ideal for schools committed to improving and strengthening their school safety and crisis management plans and emergency response. 

    NOVA: Crisis Response Team (CRT):  Evidence-informed and field-tested best practices as a crisis management utility that includes trauma mitigation and education protocols.

    US DOE REMS: Readiness & Emergency Management for Schools: Virtual Trainings, Examples:
    • Forming a School Behavioral Threat Assessment Team
    • Designing Safe Schools: Planning & Retrofitting for Safety in Educational Facilities. 
    • Incorporating Sextortion into School EOP Planning

    Crisis Prevention Institute: CPI Training and consulting in behavior management and dementia care.

    Handle with Care: To help schools and organizations create and maintain safer, more caring environments by teaching preventative actions that result in a decreased need for physical restraint.

    CBITS: Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in the Schools: Included in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs (NREPP) and received high scores from NREPP on quality of research and readiness for dissemination. Supported by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. A CBITS adaptation—called Support for Students Exposed to Trauma (SSET)—allows teachers and school counselors with no mental health training to deliver a modified program.

    ProTrainings: Provides online or hybrid CPR, 1st Aid, Defibrillator and other basic care training and recertification. 

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    • SecondStep: Crime/bullying/violence Tier 2 or schoolwide program implemented by educators. Many lessons are DVD facilitated.

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