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1 Development of Crisis Response Kits Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D. Western Kentucky University Counseling and Testing CenterPotter Hall 4091906 College Heights Blvd #11024 Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101 270-745-3159 (phone) 270-745-6976 (fax) www.wku.edu/heretohelp 1

2 We found ourselves being called into a variety of crisis situations with no notice: – Student death in residence halls – Leading a grieving group for friends or classmates – Running discussion with a floor experiencing a trauma (rape/sexual assault) – Natural disasters like hurricanes, tornados – Man-made disasters like fire, terrorists, car accidents Dr. Brian Van Brunt, LPCC, CFCWestern Kentucky University Why develop these kits? 2

3 While we often responding well to these events, we thought preparing beforehand could help us respond in a more complete, professional and organized manner. Dr. Brian Van Brunt, LPCC, CFCWestern Kentucky University 3 Grief, Trauma & Referral Handouts, Directions

4 We include the following elements – Grief, Trauma & Referral Handouts, Directions – Relaxation CD, Master PowerPoint CD – New Client Intake/ At-Risk Screening – ID, Safety and First Aid Items – Distracters/Creature Comforts – Brochures, Business Cards Dr. Brian Van Brunt, LPCC, CFCWestern Kentucky University What we Include in our Kit 4

5 We would suggest developing a 2 page, front- back handout on how best to respond to grief, following a loss. This would be a general handouts, designed with an appreciation that: – We all process grief differently – We each have a different time frame for responding to loss – The information may not be useful now, but will be later (perhaps to another person) Dr. Brian Van Brunt, LPCC, CFCWestern Kentucky University Grief, Trauma & Referral Handouts, Directions 5

6 We also included a handout for those who will work for students (professors, resident directors, administrators). This handout includes information on how to work with students going through grief and when and where to refer them when grieving crosses over into pathological symptoms. Dr. Brian Van Brunt, LPCC, CFCWestern Kentucky University 6 Grief, Trauma & Referral Handouts, Directions

7 We include a trauma handout to help people understand the normal reactions that follow a traumatic event. The handout should include: – Biological symptoms – Psychological symptoms – CISM/CISD overview – Time frame of when to expect symptoms – Referral for teams, counseling – Ideas for those not affected, but looking to help Dr. Brian Van Brunt, LPCC, CFCWestern Kentucky University 7 Grief, Trauma & Referral Handouts, Directions

8 We include referral information for – Local counseling resources – Rape and sexual assault resources – Women’s shelter – Psychiatric hospitals – Suicide hotline, crisis lines – Directions to many of these locations (hotel) – On campus contact numbers Dr. Brian Van Brunt, LPCC, CFCWestern Kentucky University 8 Grief, Trauma & Referral Handouts, Directions

9 We include a master PowerPoint CD that has our full collection of presentations in the event that we need to present on a particular topic. We also have several copies of relaxations CD’s we use for helping students relax before going to bed and samples of guided imagery. If your bring a laptop, these can be downloaded to MP3/IPOD. Dr. Brian Van Brunt, LPCC, CFCWestern Kentucky University Relaxation CD, Master PowerPoint CD 9

10 In the event that a student is particularly upset we can begin doing intake paperwork or assessment for depression/suicide (we use the Beck Depression Inventory-2 and the Beck Suicide Scale.) These are not used for everyone, just those who are looking for follow up counseling or those who are at higher risk. This structure may be helpful for some as well. Dr. Brian Van Brunt, LPCC, CFCWestern Kentucky University New Client Intake / At-Risk Screening 10

11 We had staff ID cards made for each of our counseling staff. These are helpful for identification in secure areas and to let student know who you are. We include a number of safety items: – Glow sticks to identify areas in the night – Blanket and poncho if there is poor weather – Notebooks, flashlight Dr. Brian Van Brunt, LPCC, CFCWestern Kentucky University ID, Safety and First Aid Items 11

12 We also have a first aid kit with basic items – Band-Aids – Gauze and first aid tape – Antiseptic – Gloves – Paper and pencil You may consider pairing with Health Services to cost share. Dr. Brian Van Brunt, LPCC, CFCWestern Kentucky University ID, Safety and First Aid Items 12

13 We have found it useful to have a number of items to help create a “linus blanket” situation. These are: – Play dough – Silly Putty We also have free-food passes for our dining hall on campus, bottled water and tissues. Dr. Brian Van Brunt, LPCC, CFCWestern Kentucky University Distracters / Creature Comforts 13

14 We include a number of our brochures and business cards for those who may want to make use of our services after our initial contact. These are also useful to pass around or leave in the back of the classroom for those who may not want to talk directly, but would follow up over time. Dr. Brian Van Brunt, LPCC, CFCWestern Kentucky University Brochures, Business Cards 14

15 I’d estimate our cost per bag to be somewhere in the $50-$75 range. It may be useful to look at funding – – Student affairs general fund – Parent Organizations – Combining with police /health services Dr. Brian Van Brunt, LPCC, CFCWestern Kentucky University Cost and Future Ideas 15

16 Greenstone, J. (2008). “THE ELEMENTS OF DISASTER PSYCHOLOGY: Managing Psychosocial Trauma - An Integrated Approach to Force Protection.” APA Dr. Brian Van Brunt, LPCC, CFCWestern Kentucky University Reference 16

17 Development of Crisis Response Kits Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D. Western Kentucky University Counseling and Testing CenterPotter Hall 4091906 College Heights Blvd #11024 Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101 270-745-3159 (phone) 270-745-6976 (fax) www.wku.edu/heretohelp 17


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