Planning and Managing Death Issues in the Schools: A Handbook

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated, 1995 - Education - 190 pages
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By managing death issues in a planned purposeful manner, schools can reduce suicide and other harmful behavioral reactions substantially. Helping students to understand death and loss is part of assisting them to become resilient, proactive individuals. Age-appropriate curriculum materials are provided for educating children and teenagers on issues of health, emotional depression, grief, and death. Ways of counseling in schools following the death of a student, teacher, or staff member are explored in detail. Signs of depression and at-risk behavior among teenagers are described as part of a comprehensive approach to prevention, intervention, and postvention concerning death, violence, and self-destructive behavior. The authors share strategies that have proved effective in helping students to focus away from self-destructive, violent single-path solutions to developing positive social skills and alternative plans. Developing a comprehensive school plan in anticipation of a death occurrence and training staff in its implementation greatly reduces emotional stress.

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Youth at Risk
Developing a School Plan

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About the author (1995)

WILLIAM A. BERKAN recently retired as a School Social Work Program Consultant in the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

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