by Sean Hedden
The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) provides School Safety & Crisis resources “to the public in order to promote the ability of children and youth to cope with traumatic or unsettling events.” These wide-variety of documents are meant to be used as educational tools. NASP states:
School psychologists are uniquely positioned to advocate for evidence-based initiatives at the local, state, and federal levels, which create safe and supportive learning environments that naturally prevent violence and ensure that students have access to the supports they need to be successful both inside and outside of the classroom.
Some resources that will help kids stay safe include Preventing Youth Suicide, Threat Assessment at School, School Violence Prevention, and Bullying Prevention. They also provide information on how to help students cope with impact of War & Terrorism, Social media, Grief, and Trauma. Educators will find helpful tools on how to create best practices in the case of a natural disaster or in an active shooter situation. In fact, they have a resource that point outs guidelines for Conducting Crisis Exercises & Drills. All of these resources are based in evidence with best practice applied, something we at NoSchoolViolence.org support wholeheartedly.