Coping After a Crisis: Helping Our Children Cope in the Aftermath of the Newtown Tragedy

This is the last in a series of three posts we hope will provide useful resources for teachers and parents in helping kids cope with the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary. Our hearts are with all of the affected families in Newtown, Connecticut.

The following excerpt is from the book The School Psychologist’s Survival Guide by Rebecca Branstetter. The book offers help for school psychologists who must travel to multiple school sites, deal with students with severe disabilities, meet with concerned parents, and manage school crises. This excerpt is a sample crisis intervention handout offering suggestions for talking to children after a crisis, helping them acknowledge their feelings, and conducting an appropriate activity.

Sample Intervention Handout (excerpt from The School Psychologist’s Survival Guide) by Jossey-Bass Education

 The School Psychologist’s Survival Guide (2012) – 9781118027776







REBECCA BRANSTETTER, Ph.D., (Oakland, CA) has worked as a school psychologist for the past decade in public K-12 schools throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. She also works with children through her private practice, Grow Assessment and Counseling Services.  Branstetter is author of the popular blog “Notes from the School Psychologist” (



This entry was posted in Teaching & Learning and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Join In The Conversation

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>