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The Crisis Response to a School-Based Hostage Event: A Case Study
Educational Psychology Faculty Publications
  • Franci Crepeau-Hobson, School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver
  • Laura Summers
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During the past two decades there has been increased public, professional, and legislative interest in school crisis prevention and intervention. It is recommended that comprehensive crisis teams be established at the school, district, and community levels. A case study was conducted in which interviews were utilized to facilitate an increased understanding of the experiences of state crisis team members responding to a school-based crisis event and how crisis teams attempted a coordinated response. Data analysis revealed several themes related to the importance of knowing the school system, having prior crisis-related training, the need for role flexibility, expectations related to the response, personal impact of the response, and the need for self-care. School mental health professionals and crisis response teams can consider these themes and ways to address concerns related to these themes to improve crisis response efforts.
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Franci Crepeau-Hobson and Laura Summers. "The Crisis Response to a School-Based Hostage Event: A Case Study" (2011)
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