VISTAS Trauma, Grief, Disaster, and Crisis Counseling

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.

Northern Illinois University One Year Later: Responding to Faculty and Staff in a Crisis

Toni R. Tollerud, Deborah Haliczer, and Francesca G. Giordano


Schools and universities are supposed to be safe places! Parents send their children to these institutions with the foremost thought of providing opportunities for learning, preparing for a career, social development, athletics, and fun. The thought of violence seldom enters the picture. When the image of safety was shattered at Northern Illinois University (NIU) on February 14, 2008, the lives of many were changed forever. On that day, a gunman, who had been a graduate student at NIU the year before, entered an undergraduate lecture class and opened fire on the instructor and the students killing five students in the classroom before turning the gun on himself and taking his own life. Needless to say, students, parents, administrators, and the entire campus and community were transformed through the shocking experience.

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