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Toward Successful School Crisis Intervention 9 Key Issues by Charles M. Jaksec

Toward Successful School Crisis Intervention 9 Key Issues


Toward Successful School Crisis Intervention 9 Key Issues by Charles M. Jaksec

Despite their best and frequently heroic efforts, school crisis intervention teams continue to find themselves unprepared for the many and varied tragedies they face. The recent school shootings in Bailey, Colorado, and Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania; the tragedies of Hurricane Katrina and 9-11; and especially the everyday threats to the health of staff and students are increasingly underscoring the need for rethinking crisis intervention services in schools. This new book from Charles M. Jaksec III, a longtime school social worker and crisis intervention team member, is a call to current and future crisis intervention team members to do things differently. The book does not provide readers with a step-by-step plan for responding to a crisis from beginning to end, as so many existing books have done. Instead, it brings ten critical issues to the attention of all those currently and potentially involved in the provision of intervention services. One by one, Jaksec points out why these issues have obstructed intervention efforts, and offers suggestions for how teams can proactively and effectively address them early in, and continuously throughout, the school year. This short guide invites school counselors, school psychologists, nurses, principals, teachers, and all those who may serve on intervention teams to reevaluate their beliefs and practices. Blending relevant research with personal experience, Jaksec makes a compelling case for the issues that must be considered to make schools and students ready for the various difficulties that will confront them. An ideal book study for intervention teams, Toward Successful School Crisis Intervention offers numerous tips and discussion questions for individual and group reflection and planning.


An invaluable tool for staff and faculty members who make up institutional crisis committees as well as those who are the first-line defense against crises that are a reality in our schools. -- NACADA Journal, Spring 2008, Vol. 28(1) Merits the attention of a wide array of school-based professionals because it provides sound information in a user-friendly manner. Thought-provoking discussion questions are available, making this book a resource for the training of interventionists as well as for strengthening existing crisis plans. -- PsycCRITIQUES, February 2008, Vol. 53(9) Written by a longtime school social worker and crisis intervention team member who uses this experience to address nine topics readers can use to manage crises. Perfect for teachers and educator administrators alike. -- California Bookwatch, October 2007 The author is an experienced crisis intervener and the book has a refreshing, conversational tone. -- Michael Pines, Consultant, School Mental Health/Crisis Intervention An important topic for everyone involved in education. This quick reference guide will help educators plan for a crisis before it happens. -- Sharon Roemer, Principal

About the Author

Charles M. Jaksec III has served as a school social worker in The Hillsborough County School District for 21 years and has been a member of the district's crisis intervention team for 18 years. He serves as the chairperson of the district's Bullying Committee and is a member of the district's Violence Prevention Committee. Jaksec is the author of The Difficult Parent: An Educator's Guide to Handling Aggressive Behaviors (Corwin Press 2004) and The Confrontational Parent: A Practical Guide for School Leaders (Eye On Education, Inc. 2003). He speaks nationally and locally on the topics of school crisis intervention and parental aggression. Jaksec has a master's degree in counseling services from Slippery Rock University, and an educational specialist degree in counselor education and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of South Florida.

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Publication date

10th July 2007


Charles M. Jaksec

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SAGE Publications Inc


128 pages


Non-teaching & support staff
Education: care & counselling of students



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