Regional Crisis Support TeamWhat is a Critical Incident?
A Critical Incident is when an incident disrupts one’s ability to function (i.e., suicide, death, threat, tragic accident, school shooting, etc.)
Purpose of the Team
- To serve as a central point of contact. To mobilize a team of counselors to provide support to a general service area within OESD 114 region
- To provide general assistance to district administration/school principals in being first responders
- Provide comfort and guidance and assist in gauging the level/impact of crisis
- Provide an objective point of view and perspective to the crisis
About the Regional Team
- The team consists of 30 well-trained school counselors, administrators, school nurses and selected community members in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing.
- They volunteer to serve as a part of a rotating team on-call 24 hours, 7 days/week to support schools/districts region-wide who need assistance in responding to a crisis.
- Restore a sense of normalcy – help to begin the process and prepare to know may be ongoing
- Assemble people with a variety of trauma counseling skills and expertise
- Research has shown that both adults and children who experience catastrophic events show a wide range of reactions. Some suffer only worries and bad memories that fade with emotional support and the passage of time. Others are more deeply affected and experience long-term problems.
- Early intervention to help children and adolescents who have suffered trauma from violence or a disaster is critical. Parents, teachers and mental health professionals can do a great deal to help these youngsters recover. Help should begin at the scene of the traumatic event.
- Some studies show that counseling children very soon after a catastrophic event may reduce some of the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Taken from National Institute of Mental Health “Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters” at https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/helping-children-and-adolescents-cope-with-violence-and-disasters-parents/index.shtml