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.

The Role of the School Counselor in Crisis Planning and Intervention

Jeannine R. Studer and Shelley E. Salter


Disturbing school events have the potential to erupt in schools at any time. These deleterious situations can range in scope from natural catastrophes such as tornadoes or floods, to emergencies such as the death of student, or man-made disasters such as school shootings or suicides. Although crises in schools are rare and unexpected, these events have created a heightened awareness of the need for effective crisis intervention plans in schools (Allen et al., 2002). Despite the fact that no plan can cover the wide range of incidents that could occur within the school setting (Cornell & Sheras, 1998). preparedness is an essential component to facilitating a return to normalcy.

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