National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

PREPaRE Curriculum


PREPaRE provides school-based mental health professionals and other educational professionals training on how to best fill the roles and responsibilities generated by their participation on school safety and crisis teams. PREPaRE is one of the first comprehensive nationally available training curriculums developed by school-based professionals with firsthand experience and formal training. The curriculum is based on the assumptions that:

  • the skill sets of school-based professionals are best utilized when they are embedded within a multidisciplinary team that engages in crisis prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery;
  • school crisis management is relatively unique and as such requires its own conceptual model; and
  • by virtue of their professional training and job functions, school-based mental health professionals are best prepared to address the psychological issues associated with school crises.

Specifically, the PREPaRE model emphasizes that, as members of a school safety and crisis team, school mental health professionals must be involved in the following specific hierarchical and sequential set of activities:

  • P—Prevent and PREPaRE for psychological trauma
  • R—Reaffirm physical health and perceptions of security and safety
  • E—Evaluate psychological trauma risk
  • P—Provide interventions
  • a—and
  • R—Respond to psychological needs
  • E—Examine the effectiveness of crisis prevention and intervention

The model also incorporates foundation knowledge provided by the U.S. Departments of Education and Homeland Security. Specifically, the PREPaRE curriculum describes crisis team activities as occurring during the four states of a crisis: (a) prevention, (b) preparedness, (c) response, and (d) recovery. It also incorporates the incident command structure as delineated by the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

Workshop 2

PREPaRE Workshop 2, Second Edition, 2011
Crisis Intervention and Recovery: The Roles of School-Based Mental Health Professionals

This 2-day workshop provides school-based mental health professionals and other school crisis intervention team members with the knowledge necessary to meet the mental health needs of students and staff following a school-associated crisis event. With updated research and crisis intervention strategies, this workshop teaches participants how to prevent and prepare for psychological trauma, helps to reaffirm both the physical health of members of the school community and students' perceptions that they are safe and secure, evaluates the degree of psychological trauma, responds to the psychological needs of members of the school community, and examines the effectiveness of school crisis intervention and recovery efforts. This workshop is an excellent course for all mental health professionals in your district who provide mental health crisis intervention services.

  • Provides a specific examination of the school-based mental health professionals' roles and responsibilities, with a special emphasis on crisis intervention and recovery
  • Maximum size of the group: 40 persons 

Who Should Receive Workshop 2 Training?
PREPaRE Workshop 2 is appropriate for any individual filling the role of crisis intervention specialist. This includes school mental health staff (school psychologists, social workers, counselors and nurses), administrators, and other individuals whom the team has identified as appropriate providers of psychological first aid. Additionally, this workshop can be very helpful for community-based mental health practitioners who may work with the school crisis team and/or may be brought in to the school to assist in response to a crisis.

Please call or email for further information regarding trainer fees and how you can host a PREPaRE Workshop 2!

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Upcoming Trainings

September 14, 2017 & September 15, 2017
Location: Santa Ana, CA
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