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This is Not a Firedrill: Crisis Intervention and Prevention on College Campuses

ISBN: 978-0-470-45804-4
368 pages
December 2010
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Practical Information and Tools to Create and Implement a Comprehensive College Campus Crisis Management Program

Written by three seasoned crisis intervention/prevention specialists with over fifty years combined experience in the field, This is NOT a Fire Drill: Crisis Intervention and Prevention on College Campuses is a practical guide to creating a comprehensive college campus crisis management program.

Authors Rick Myer, Richard James, and Patrice Moulton provide university administrators, faculty, and staff with invaluable hands-on examples, general tactics, and strategies along with specific prevention, intervention, and post-crisis logistics and techniques that can be applied to almost any crisis likely to be confronted on a college campus.

This is NOT a Fire Drill features a host of helpful resources, including:

  • A proven individual/organization assessment tool to ensure school professionals and staff take appropriate action to protect students, the college, and the community
  • Thought-provoking case examples, activities, and illustrative dialogues that provide opportunities for reflection and practice
  • A checklist to get a crisis prevention and intervention plan for human dilemmas up and running
  • A decision-tree model to guide the response and recovery to crisis

This is NOT a Fire Drill provides the necessary tools to address the emotional, cognitive, and behavioral responses of students and staff as they attempt to negotiate a crisis and its aftermath.

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Acknowledgments.

1 . . . Or a Tornado or Earthquake Drill.

A Brief History of Crisis Intervention.

History of Crisis on College Campuses.

The Contemporary College Scene.

Summary.

References.

2 Boilerplate: The Basics of Crisis Intervention.

Transcrisis States.

Universality and Idiosyncrasy.

Theories of Crisis and Crisis Intervention.

Applied Crisis Domains.

Crisis Intervention Models.

Universal Versus a Focused View of Diversity/Multiculturalism.

Culturally Biased Assumptions.

Summary.

References.

3 Herding Cats: Organizing a Crisis Response.

Crisis Planning Primer: Common Terms.

Current State of Crisis Management Planning in Higher Education.

Building Blocks for Crisis Management Plans.

Three Cs of Crisis Management Planning.

Summary.

References.

4 Duller Than Dirt . . . More Valuable Than Gold: Policies and Procedures.

Policy Development.

Drafting Policy.

Review of Policy Drafts.

Basic Risk Management Recommendations.

Summary.

References.

Appendix: Sample Threats Policy.

5 The Best of Times and the Worst of Times: The Tale of Two Laws.

Tarasoff and Its Impact on Policy.

Virginia Tech Inspector General Report: Going beyond Tarasoff.

Virginia Tech Counseling Center Actions Taken.

Virginia Tech Follow-Up System.

Summary.

References.

6 Reality Check: Entry into the System.

Consulting.

Practice.

Case Study: Crisis and Central University.

Summary.

References.

Appendix: Case Study: Crisis at Central University.

7 What You See Is What You Get . . . or Maybe Not: Assessment of the System.

Chronosystem System.

Organizational Factors Affected by a Crisis.

Timeline for Assessment.

Assessment Procedures.

Methods for Assessment

Summary.

References.

8 No Rest for the Weary: System Recovery After a Crisis.

Eight-Step Model for Organizations.

Using the Eight-Step Model.

Nine Intervention Strategies.

Summary.

References.

9 Not Buying a Pig in a Poke.

Understanding Threats.

Triage Assessment Scale for Students in Learning Environments (TASSLE).

Threat Assessment Teams.

Summary.

References.

10 Basic Training.

The Eight-Step Model of Crisis Intervention in College Environments (Individuals).

Moving on the Directive, Collaborative, Nondirective Continuum.

Tools of the Trade.

Don'ts.

Basic Strategies of Crisis Intervention.

Listening and Responding in Crisis Intervention.

Facilitative Listening in Crisis Intervention.

Acting in Crisis Intervention: Staying Safe.

Stages of Intervention.

Rules of the Road.

Summary.

References.

11 One Day at a Time: Survivorship in the Aftermath.

Survivorship.

Remembrance Services.

Memorials.

Survivor Recovery.

Summary.

References.

12 Leadership Checklist: Preparing Your Campus for Crisis.

Make Crisis Planning a Leadership Imperative.

Ensure Understanding of FERPA, HIPAA, and OSHA.

Develop a Crisis Management Plan.

Make the Budget Available.

Insist on Multiple Copies of Disaster Plans and Infrastructure Drawings.

Ensure Comprehensive Assessment of Each Critical Incident.

Ensure Proper Communication and Dissemination of Information.

Ensure the Accuracy of Your Student Contact Information.

Communicate and Partner with Outside Agencies.

Require Regular Crisis Training and Situational Exercises.

Be Prepared to Take the Lead and Use Different Methods.

Seek Counsel on Risk-Management Recommendations.

Develop a Comprehensive Recovery Plan.

Be Prepared to Utilize Recovery to Achieve Long-Term Goals.

Determine Alternatives to Minimize Enrollment Loss.

Identify Resources on Your Campus.

Remember: People First!

Author Index.

Subject Index.

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RICK A. MYER, PHD, is a professor and Director of the Center for Crisis Intervention and Prevention at Duquesne University. He is a licensed psychologist with over twenty-five years of experience in crisis intervention and management.

RICHARD K. JAMES, PHD, is a Crader Professor of Education at the University of Memphis as well as a licensed psychologist, a licensed professional counselor, and a Nationally Certified School Counselor. He is one of the founders of a crisis intervention prototype used to train police officers across the United States and internationally.

PATRICE MOULTON, PHD, is a professor of psychology at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. She is the author of several books on crisis intervention.

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December 18, 2012
THIS IS NOT A FIREDRILL: CRISIS AND INTERVENTION ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES

Recent tragedies on college and university campuses have highlighted the need for more comprehensive crisis management in higher education. Written by three seasoned crisis intervention/prevention specialists, This is NOT a Fire Drill: Crisis Prevention and Intervention on College Campuses is a practical guide to creating a comprehensive college campus crisis management program. From weapons on campus to hurricanes, the authors recognize each crisis is unique and provide helpful resources, including a decision-tree model and a proven individual/organization assessment tool, to ensure leaders can take appropriate action to protect students, the college, and the environment.

AUTHOR BIO:

Rick A. Myer, Ph.D. is a Professor at Duquesne University and a licensed psychologist. He has over 25 years of experience in crisis intervention and management. He has published over 35 articles, book chapters, and two books on the topic. In addition, Rick consults with businesses and schools on crisis management. He also provides training for law enforcement personnel and higher education staff on assessing people/students in crisis.

Richard "Dick" K. James, Ph.D. is a Crader Professor of Education at the University of Memphis. He is a licensed psychologist, a licensed professional counselor, and a Nationally Certified School Counselor. He is the author of Crisis Intervention Strategies currently in its sixth edition and  Theories and Strategies in Counseling and Psychotherapy also in its sixth edition.    He teaches graduate classes in crisis intervention at the University of Memphis. He is one  of the founders of the Memphis Police Department Crisis Intervention Team which is the prototype used to train police officers across the United States and internationally.  

Patrice Mouton, Ph.D. is a Full Professor of Psychology at Northwestern State University of Louisiana and served a Vice President for Student Affairs for two years at that institution. She has written several books and published on topics that include crisis intervention and trains students and professionals in the area of Crisis Prevention and Intervention. Patrice has been very active in the development of university emergency plans, organization and implementation of threat assessment teams, and revision and implementation of critical incident policies and procedures for higher education.

THIS IS NOT A FIREDRILL:

Crisis and Intervention on College Campuses

Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Publication date: January 3, 2011

$60.00; Paperback; 368 pages; ISBN: 978-0-470-45804-4

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