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Education Support Professionals - Supporting Students at Times of Crisis

Crises have the potential to cause short- and long-term effects on the psychological functioning, emotional adjustment, health, and developmental trajectory of children.

At a Glance

Crisis is common in the lives of students, whether due to a crisis involving a student's individual family or one that affects the entire school community. Educational support professionals play a vital role in providing important support to students through their individual interactions with students as well as through the impact they have collectively on the school climate. This support promotes students’ understanding of the event, helps them learn coping strategies to accelerate adjustment and minimize their distress, and minimizes maladaptive coping mechanisms and behavioral difficulties. This webinar provides practical suggestions for identifying common adjustment difficulties in children in the aftermath of a crisis and promoting effective coping strategies to reduce the impact of the crisis.


  • Student Learning
  • Trauma-Informed Practices


  • Obtain practical suggestions on how to identify common adjustment difficulties in children in the aftermath of a crisis.
  • Promote effective coping strategies to reduce the impact of the crisis.
Developed by:

National Education Association

Last Updated: July 22, 2020



  • Early Childhood
  • Elementary School
  • High School
  • Higher Education
  • Middle School

Session Length

90 mins

Session Format


The presenter, David J Schonfeld, MD, established and directs the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement at the University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. He spoke on a different, but related topic (Supporting the Grieving Student) at a prior webinar. He will draw on 30 years’ experience in school crisis response to provide examples and answer questions from participants.

This is a previously offered webinar focused on the professional growth of ESPs. It is being made available for viewing by individuals or groups of individuals. Note that certificates of completion are not available for participation in informational webinar recordings.

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