Recovery Resources

The 3R's of School Crises and Disasters: Readiness, Response, and Recovery
Provides checklist as a guide to determine how well your school is prepared to respond to the immediate and long-term psychological effects on students, their families, and staff after a crisis or disaster.

Addressing the Traumatic Impact of Disaster on Individuals, Families, and Communities
Addresses healing from the trauma induced by a disaster, especially in terms of regaining normalcy and offering and receiving peer support. In addition, focuses on restoring communities with the supports necessary to be sensitive to the recovery from trauma by individuals, children, and families.

Children and YouthSAMHSA Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series Installment
Focuses on the reactions and mental health needs of children and youth after a disaster and contains resources from both the child trauma and disaster behavioral health fields. The collection includes an annotated bibliography and a section with helpful links to organizations, agencies, and other resources that address disaster preparedness and response issues surrounding children and youth.

Coping with Crisis: Helping Children with Special Needs
Provides tips for school personnel and parents on how to help children with special needs cope with crisis. 

Coping With Crisis: Tips for Parents and Educators
Provides tips on how parents and school personnel can help children cope with a crisis.

Coping with Stress
Provides clear concise information on coping with stress related to a traumatic event. 

Dealing with a Death in School
Offers guidance on how to address the death of a student or colleague in a timely and supportive manner.

Dealing with the Effects of Trauma: A Self-Help Guide
Provides more in-depth information on recovering from a traumatic event and is geared for those whose reactions may be lingering.

Effects of Traumatic Stress after Mass Violence, Terror, or Disaster
Includes descriptions of common traumatic stress reactions, problematic stress responses, and symptoms of PTSD and Acute Stress Disorder.

A Guide to Managing Stress in Crisis Response Professions
Aids crisis response workers in stress prevention and management before, during, and after a public health crisis. It describes the stress cycle and common stress reactions and offers tips to promote a positive workplace and to monitor and minimize stress.

It's Okay to Remember (Video)
Provides information regarding traumatic grief in children, addresses the three main types of trauma reminders, and illustrates how families can experience the pain of loss and then heal. It features physicians and experts in the field and is appropriate for parents and others who care for children.

Lessons Learned from School Crises and Emergencies
Discusses re-traumatization at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) following the 2007 campus shooting of 32 individuals.

Mass Disasters, Trauma, and Loss
Explains stress reactions individuals may experience after a disaster, what they can do to recover, and when they should seek professional help.

A Practical Guide for Crisis Response in Our Schools
Conveys critical information to assist schools in responding effectively to “everyday crises” as well as school-based disasters. It is an invaluable resource for administrators, support personnel and faculty

Psychological First Aid Operations Guide
Provides an evidence-informed approach for assisting children, adolescents, adults, and families in the aftermath of disaster and terrorism.

Responding to Stressful Events: Helping Children Cope
Contains information on helping children cope after a stressful event. It provides information on common reactions and coping techniques.

Responding to Victims of Terrorism and Mass Violence Crimes
Provides guidance about crime victims' rights and needs as well as how to assist victims of terrorism and mass violence crime. It provides a comparison of how natural disasters are similar to and different from disasters caused by criminal human behavior and notes the psychological effects of each.

Tips for Survivors of a Traumatic Event: Managing Your Stress
Outlines the common signs of stress after a disaster and provides stress reduction strategies.

Tips for Survivors of a Traumatic Event: Managing Your Stress
Outlines the common signs of stress after a disaster and provides stress reduction strategies.

Trauma and Re-Traumatization
Presents an exposition on the types of trauma and its cumulative and intergeneration effects. It speaks particularly to the continued re-traumatization that results from experiencing a disaster.

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