9/11 Resources

Counseling and Bereavement Resources for Parents and Educators 

Photo credit: Collection 9/11 Memorial Museum. Mural created by the Lower School Art Students of Porter Gaud School in Charleston, South Carolina in Laura Orvin’s Art Class for the people of New York. Gift of Lawrence Knafo.

The 10th anniversary of 9/11 will be marked by many different kinds of memorial events here in New York City and across the country, which will include an increase in all forms of press coverage. To assist students and staff members who may need support on this special anniversary, especially those who were directly affected either by the attacks or the rescue and recovery efforts, these resources are available to parents and educators.

For Parents

General Resources
Guidelines for Parents and Schools for the Anniversary of September 11, 2001: David J. Schonfeld, MD, Director of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement and Families of September 11 Advisory Board Member, has prepared helpful information for schools as administrators face the challenge of approaching the sixth anniversary of 9/11.
The National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement partnered with the New York Life Foundation to provide a booklet for parents on supporting grieving children. 
New York Life Grief Guide: select Bereavement Resources
Psychological First Aid Brochure: In collaboration with the UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters and the Los Angeles Unified School District, the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement has developed this guidance document for parents.
BI-SLR HEARTS Program: A new federally funded program at Beth Israel Medical Center and St. Luke’s-Roosevelt that aims to improve the care for children and families who have suffered the effects of trauma.
Child Mind Institute: Provides guidance on talking with children about traumatic experiences.
Talking to Your Children about 9/11: National September 11 Memorial & Museum
10th Anniversary of September 11: Tips for Parents and Caregivers from The National Association of School Psychologists.
War/Terrorism Materials
Children and Fear of War and Terrorism: Tips for Parents and Teachers
Parents Called to Active Duty: Helping Children Cope
Crisis Response Resources
Coping With Crisis: Tips for Parents and Educators
Managing Strong Emotional Reactions to Traumatic Events: Tips for Parents and Teachers
Trauma
Identifying Seriously Traumatized Children - Tips for Parents and Educators
Managing Strong Emotional Reactions to Traumatic Events: Tips for Parents and Teachers
 

For Educators

General Resource
Teacher Training Module on Bereavement: The National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement has created an educational PowerPoint presentation that includes presenter notes. It can be freely downloaded and used for teacher training on how to support the grieving student.  
  The Grieving Student: A Teacher’s Guide: Co-authored by Director of the NCSCB and the Division of Developmental and Behaviroal Pediatrics, David Schonfeld, MD, for practical advice on how to support children with grief and loss.
Help Grieving Students (March 24, 2011) Webcast: Scholastic, through funding from the New York Life Foundation, hosted a webcast on how schools can support a grieving student.   
PDF - 25 x 25 Guidelines for Responding to the Death of a Student or School Staff: Designed to help school administrators, teachers and crisis team members respond to the needs of students and staff after a loss has impacted the school environment such as after the death of a student or staff member or when deaths occur that affect many people in the community. These guidelines are not intended to provide guidance on clinical care of bereavement counseling and are not intended to address personal losses that impact only one or a few members of the school community.  
PDF - 25 x 25 Psychological First Aid Brochure for students and teachers: In collaboration with the UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters and the Los Angeles Unified School District, the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement has developed this guidance document.
BI-SLR HEARTS Program: A new federally funded program at Beth Israel Medical Center and St. Luke’s-Roosevelt that aims to improve the care for children and families who have suffered the effects of trauma.
Child Mind Institute: Provides guidance on talking with children about traumatic experiences.
PDF - 25 x 25 10th Anniversary of September 11: Tips for Educators from The National Association of School Psychologists.
War/Terrorism Materials
Children and Fear of War and Terrorism: Tips for Parents and Teachers
Coping in Unsettling Times: Tips for Students
Helping Children Cope in Unsettling Times
PDF - 25 x 25 Helping Children Cope With Loss, Death, and Grief
Promoting Peace and Tolerance in Children
PDF - 25 x 25 Schools and Terrorism: A Supplement to the National Advisory Committee on Children and Terrorism: Recommendations to the Secretary
Crisis Response Resources
PDF - 25 x 25 Coping with Shelter-in-Place Emergencies
Coping With Crisis: Tips for Parents and Educators
Coping with Crisis--Helping Children With Special Needs
Managing Strong Emotional Reactions to Traumatic Events: Tips for Parents and Teachers
PDF - 25 x 25 Culturally Competent Crisis Response: Information for School Psychologists and Crisis Teams
PDF - 25 x 25 Culturally Competent Crisis Response Resources
Dealing with a Death in School
Helping Children Cope With Crisis: Care for Caregivers
Memorials/Activities/Rituals Following Traumatic Events - Suggestions for Schools
Trauma
PDF - 25 x 25 How Children Cope With Trauma and Ongoing Threat: The BASIC Ph Model
Identifying Seriously Traumatized Children - Tips for Parents and Educators
Managing Strong Emotional Reactions to Traumatic Events: Tips for Parents and Teachers


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