||What Will We Do? Preparing a School Community to Cope with Crises, 2nd Edition
Edited by Robert G. Stevenson
Death, Value and Meaning Series, John D. Morgan, Series Editor
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IN PRAISE OF
"While most of us in bereavement work seek a 'generalist' identification
rather than be narrowly defined or focused, it must be stated that Rob Stevenson
is the best (and, in many ways, only) resource truly able to capture the issues
surrounded school response to crisis and death and motivate schools (and others)
to work and to work together for the common good of individuals and
Stevenson writes well. He is
insightful, clever and well stated. More than all of that, he is in touch with
his audience. The child within him is healthy and alive, connecting to the
countless students he has come to know and guide as a teacher and counselor. As
an academic who has served in a variety of settings, he knows well the special
challenges that accompany any effort by a school to deal realistically with life
... but will not allow those challenges to become that all-too-common excuse to
distance or withdraw from involvement.
There is much in this collection of
contributed essays and it will probably serve best to simply list some of the
titles. I was particularly pleased with the long-overdue tribute to the role of
the school nurse as a place/person where one can create a 'safe room.' Other
themes: schools and crises, preparing schools, the crisis of youth suicide, AIDS
and HIV infection, preparing a school community to cope with violence, schools
and military crises, support groups, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing and
their place in schools, and helping peers to support themselves."
—Rev. Dr. Richard B. Gilbert, BCC, Resources
Hotline, Volume 5, Number 13
ABOUT THE BOOK
The second edition of What Will We Do? Preparing A School Community
to Cope With Crises is a guidebook for educators and parents who wish
to understand the importance of both pre- and post-intervention programs
in our schools to assist all parties in coping with crises that arise. The
book examines the scope and effects (including the potential benefits and
possible risks) of programs that target such issues as loss, illness, death,
grief, war, and violence. It presents specific steps that can be taken
to help prepare a school community to cope with possible future crises.
Today's news has shown us with dramatic effect that a crisis can occur
at any time, often without warning. Educators and parents must work together
if they wish to help young people, and each other, when such a crisis occurs.
What Will We Do? is a major step in that direction.
The first edition of this book has been used as a college text for future
educators and counselors and in workshops for teachers, parents and community
leaders. It has been adopted by educators in the United States and abroad
to create crisis response programs that meet the unique needs of their
own schools and cultures. What Will We Do? is being used in Australia,
Greece, Britain, Japan, South Africa, and Canada to cite a few examples.
In each case, communities have developed programs for their schools using
the information in this work as a starting point. Perhaps prevention is
an idea whose time has finally come.
Intended Audience: Elementary and
secondary teachers; counselors and administrators; college teachers and
counselor preparation programs (undergraduate and graduate); the parents
of the young people who attend schools.
ABOUT THE EDITOR
Robert G. Stevenson, Ed.D., has been an educator for almost four decades. He is co-founder of the Center for Help in Time of Loss, was chairman of the University Seminar on Death at Columbia (1984-1995), and is Assistant Professor in the graduate counseling program of Mercy College, New York. He has published more than 60 articles and five books on loss and grief. He is a member of the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement and the Association for Death Education and Counseling. He received his B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross, M.A. from Montclair State University, and M.A.T. and Ed.D. from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Stevenson is a certified death educator and grief counselor and has served on the ADEC board of directors and as Education Institute chairman. He has been honored for his work by the New Jersey Professional Counselors' Association, the N.J. Governor's Office, and the N.J. Department of Education. He was recipient of the 1997 Wendel Williams Outstanding Educator Award and the 1993 ADEC National Death Educator Award and was awarded the New York State Defense of Liberty medal for his contributions after 9/11.
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