Supporting Students in the Aftermath of School Violence
How can educators help children cope in the aftermath of a school shooting or similar school crisis? Join this webinar to get practical suggestions and an overview of reactions and adjustment difficulties commonly seen, as well as recommendations on how to address them, helpful academic accommodations and learning supports, and clarification of the distinction between trauma and loss. Get the information you need about talking to and supporting grieving students and learn about free resources on the topic from the Coalition to Support Grieving Students. Time will be allowed for questions and discussion.
Webinar attendees can expect:
• Constructive ideas about helping students cope after a school or community crisis or act of violence
• Recommendations about addressing student reactions and adjustment difficulties
• Discussion and definitions of trauma and loss and how they are different
• Methods to support students academically in the face of tragedy
David J Schonfeld, MD, FAAP, established and directs the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement (www.schoolcrisiscenter.org), located at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He is Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Keck School of Medicine. Prior faculty positions have been in the Department of Pediatrics at Yale University School of Medicine; Head of the Section of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center; and Pediatrician-in-Chief at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and Chair of Pediatrics at Drexel University School of Medicine.
For more than 30 years, he has provided consultation and training to schools on supporting students and staff at times of crisis and loss in the aftermath of numerous school crisis events and disasters within the United States and abroad. He coordinated the training for school crisis response teams for the NYC DOE after the events of September 11, 2001.
Dr. Schonfeld frequently speaks on the topics of crisis and loss and has authored more than 150 scholarly articles, book chapters, and books. He has conducted school-based research involving children’s understanding of and adjustment to serious illness and death and school-based interventions to promote adjustment and risk prevention. Dr. Schonfeld is a member of the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Disaster Preparedness and Recovery (formerly Disaster Preparedness Advisory Council) and the National Biodefense Science Board. He served as a Commissioner for both the National Commission on Children and Disasters and the Sandy Hook (CT) Advisory Commission. He served as President of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics from 2006-2007.
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