Readers who have engaged in school crisis response are invited to submit first person narratives describing response to traumatic events in schools. Writing a personal narrative can provide the author with an opportunity to process, learn from, and work through the emotions of a response and educate others with their insights. Narratives must be based… [Read More]
Narratives and articles will be posted periodically by Dr. Jeff Roth. They will contain up to date and interesting information on current school crisis response topics.
Personal narratives can support healing and learning from each other's experiences. To submit a personal narrative, click on the Contact Form and complete as directed. If interested in sending a narrative, please read Guidelines to Submit a Personal Narrative for submission requirements and suggested format.
The Power of the Personal Narrative as a Therapeutic and Educational Tool by Jeff Roth The ancient Greeks recognized the connection between writing and emotional benefit, naming Apollo the god of both poetry and healing. It has been said that the great English playwright, William Shakespeare would have been an equally great psychologist. Shakespeare’s uncanny… [Read More]
Jay Spilecki was a scholar-athlete. He was extremely talented, respected and well liked by the peers at his high school. One tragic night changed everything. When Jay died in an automobile accident, it was not confirmed during crisis response that his death was related to alcohol consumption. When that information was established, his tragic death… [Read More]
It is normal to feel “off balance” during crisis intervention, particularly when the situation involves professional vulnerability, victims with a great deal of suffering, or personal issues of your own. You may experience reactions such as: Feeling helpless Guilt over perceived “inadequacies” Anger at the situation Urge to “rescue” victims Distrust of the school system,… [Read More]
Responding to an incident involving a hostile or angry individual is cause for concern. Hostile people are often unpredictable, causing uncertainty about how to respond to their aggressive behavior. Schools should always have a plan for contacting law enforcement and other emergency services. While each incident is unique and requires modification if the level of… [Read More]