We are deeply saddened by the tragic events that took place yesterday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Our thoughts are with the families, friends, and community members impacted by these events.
As members of school communities, we may be faced with some tasks and challenges in the future in response to this tragedy. We want to offer you quick access to some resources that might help you in your professional and personal work.
The National Association of School Psychologists has updated their website to include resources about how to reinforce school safety, dealing with death in a school, coping with crisis, and information about responsible media coverage of crisis events. You can access these resources at: www.nasponline.org
The Center for School Mental Health has compiled resources related to school crisis response and dealing with traumatic events in schools. You can access these resources at: http://csmh.umaryland.edu/Resources/OtherResources/CSMHListofTraumaResources.pdf
The School Social Work Association of America has updated their website to include resources on School Social Worker's guidelines in working with students after a tragedy. You can access these resources as well as resources for parents, resources for other educators, information on self care, and grief and psychological first aid at: http://sswaa.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=500
Please let us know if you need further information or support from the WASSW.