SUPPORTING STUDENTS & COMMUNITIES
DURING TIMES OF CRISIS & LOSS
Keynote Speaker: David J. Schonfeld, MD, FAAP
Please join us as we feature guest speaker, Dr. David J. Schonfeld, Founder and Director of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement.
Dr. Schonfeld is a nationally recognized expert in bereavement, school crisis, and behavioral pediatrics. He has over 30 years of experience providing consultation and training on school crisis and pediatric bereavement in the aftermath of a number of school crisis events and disasters in the United States and abroad, including the tragedies of Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Katrina, and 9/11, and the shootings in Las Vegas, NV, Newton, CT, Aurora, CO, and Parkland, FL.
Crisis and loss disrupts the lives of our students, whether due to a death or crisis involving a student’s individual family or one that affects the entire community. These experiences can have a significant impact on a child’s or teen’s capacity to learn in the classroom setting; however, relatively simple accommodations can be made to foster a supportive and safe environment.
Classroom educators and other school professionals play a vital role in providing important support to students and their families. This support promotes understanding of the event and helps them learn coping strategies to accelerate their adjustment. Thus minimizing their distress and helping reduce maladaptive coping mechanisms and behavioral difficulties. Yet, most educators and other school professionals have had limited professional training in crisis and loss. Dr. Schonfeld will highlight basic interventions and tools to use when a crisis or loss directly/indirectly effects an individual or community.
What you will learn:
How to best support grieving students, families, and staff as they struggle to understand and cope with a crisis or loss.
The importance of planning for recovery prior to a crisis event and basic training in crisis intervention.
Free resources that can be used for professional development and support for students/families will be highlighted and made available for participants.
Dr. Schonfeld will draw on over 30 years of experience in pediatric bereavement and school crisis response to provide examples and answer questions from participants.