The primary purpose of the Volusia County Schools crisis response team is to prepare for and respond to a crisis with a goal of helping individuals and the school community to cope and begin the healing process after a tragedy. Our team is comprised of mental health counselors, school psychologists, school social workers, and district/school-based administrators.
To effectively manage grief and/or trauma responses, following a death/crisis, Volusia County Schools utilizes the PREPaRE School Crisis Prevention and Intervention model developed by the National Association of School Psychologists. The model provides schools with guidance regarding best practices in the areas of crisis prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery. It focuses on addressing the emotional and mental health needs that individuals may require following a traumatic event. Since each crisis is different and should be treated with care and consideration regarding its unique circumstances, each school should incorporate the PREPaRE model with their individual safety and security plans when handling a crisis.
- National Association of School Psychologist – PREPaRE model
- Volusia Crisis Response Manual