PREPaRE provides school-based mental health professionals and other educational professionals training on how to best fill the roles and responsibilities generated by their participation on school safety and crisis teams. PREPaRE is one of the first comprehensive nationally available training curriculums developed by school-based professionals with firsthand experience and formal training. The curriculum is based on the assumptions that:

  • the skill sets of school-based professionals are best utilized when they are embedded within a multidisciplinary team that engages in crisis prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery;
  • school crisis management is relatively unique and as such requires its own conceptual model; and
  • by virtue of their professional training and job functions, school-based mental health professionals are best prepared to address the psychological issues associated with school crises.

Specifically, the PREPaRE model emphasizes that, as members of a school safety and crisis team, school mental health professionals must be involved in the following specific hierarchical and sequential set of activities:

  • P—Prevent and PREPaRE for psychological trauma
  • R—Reaffirm physical health and perceptions of security and safety
  • E—Evaluate psychological trauma risk
  • P—Provide interventions
  • a—and
  • R—Respond to psychological needs
  • E—Examine the effectiveness of crisis prevention and intervention

The model incorporates foundational knowledge provided by the U.S. Departments of Education (2007) and Homeland Security (2008). Specifically, the PREPaRE Crisis Curriculum describes crisis team activities as occurring during the five stages of a crisis: (a) prevention, (b) mitigation, (c) protection, (d) response, and (e) recovery. It also incorporates the U.S. Department of Education Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) guidance, and the Department of Homeland Security Incident Command System (ICS) as delineated by the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

Contact PREPaRE

If you have questions regarding the PREPaRE curriculum, the logistics of hosting a workshop, or would like to order workshop materials, contact the PREPaRE program at the NASP office.

Related Resources

Plan a PREPaRE Workshop
Organizations interested in holding a PREPaRE workshop can use this checklist to plan your workshop from finding a trainer to ordering materials.

PREPaRE Workshop Materials Order Form
Order workshop participant materials using this order form.

Organizations That Have Held PREPaRE Workshops
View a list of organizations around the country that have hosted PREPaRE workshops to better prepare for and repsond to crises.

PREPaRE Brochure
Download and share this brochure with leaders in your school community to learn about the PREPaRE curriculum.