Crisis Intervention

Crisis Intervention

A crisis is a significant life event that seriously disrupts the normal functioning of an individual, family or school. It can elicit strong emotions that result in people feeling vulnerable and out of control. ADAPP crisis intervention services address the immediate needs of those affected by the crisis and help to create the conditions that allow the recovery process to begin.

The goals of all crisis intervention services are: to help stabilize the current situation, to reduce symptoms, such as anxiety and post traumatic stress and to help people begin to resume their normal routines. The following are a list of services offered to the schools and parishes within the Archdiocese of New York. ADAPP staff is available for training and consultation for public and private schools. Inquiries can be made to .

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Crisis Consultation for School Principals and Staff

ADAPP's executive and supervisory staff are available through phone consultation to assist school principals and teachers when issues such as child abuse, depression, threats of suicide, internet safety, school violence or drugs and alcohol arise in the school setting.

Incident assessment

ADAPP's staff will provide an initial consultation to gather important data about the event, to identify at-risk populations and to develop a plan tailored to meet the needs of the site. The plan may include individual sessions, small or large group meetings or follow-up services.

Information/Education Session

This is a brief session for school staff, parents or students to provide information about the crisis event, to familiarize participants with the crisis intervention plan and to address their reactions to the incident.

Stabilization Groups for Adults/Children

This service is a crisis intervention session offered immediately after the event and is designed for the general population. Led by a professional social worker or mental health counselor, the session provides information about the incident, helps to normalize reactions and assists participants in developing new strengths, coping skills and resources to manage the initial days after the event.

Coping Group for Adults/Children

This small group service is for those most affected by the crisis event and can be conducted 72 hours to 6 months after a crisis. It is a professionally led, confidential, psycho-educational session similar to the Stabilization Group. It provides information about the incident, helps to normalize reactions and encourages and allows participants to express personal reactions, and assists with identifying coping strategies and a self care plan.

Classroom Based Intervention (ages 5-11)

This three session small group model is offered to young children who have been exposed to trauma and uses story telling and therapeutic art, play, music and movement therapy. The process helps to facilitate resiliency, a return to normalcy, empowerment and mastery after the event.

Follow-up and Recovery Support

At the request of the site administrator, an ADAPP staff member will provide follow-up, consultation and ongoing support.

ADAPP's staff has extensive experience with school-wide crisis intervention. We have encountered and assisted with a wide range of traumatic events that include suicide, homicide, sudden accidental death, fires, natural disasters and other violent incidents.


Crisis situations that affect an individual or families can be addressed one to one. Working with the individual or family, an ADAPP Counselor/Social Worker will provide consultation to gather the information surrounding the nature of the incident. A determination will be made for an appropriate referral.



School Crisis Guide
The National Education Association (NEA) and the National Education Association Health Information Network (NEA HIN) developed this easy-to-use crisis guide for schools and districts.

Tips for Talking to Children and Youth after Traumatic Events
A Guide for Parents and Educators. Click Here to download
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network provides information for parents, school and mental health professionals to address the needs of traumatized children, their families and communities.
A Guide for Schools and Communities to provide schools, districts, and communities with the critical concepts and components of good crisis planning.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides information about health and safety issues including school violence, emergency preparedness, suicide, disease prevention and healthy living.

After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) produced this toolkit to assist schools in the aftermath of a suicide (or other death) in the school community.

Public Health Emergency
The Office of Preparedness and Emergency Operation (OPEO) is responsible for developing operational plans, analytical products, and training exercises to ensure the preparedness of the Office, the Department, the Federal Government and the public to respond to and recover from domestic and international public health and medical threats and emergencies.

National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement
The National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement provides guidance for you and your child’s school to understand and meet the needs of your child and family.