The go-to expert on childhood crisis gives teachers practical advice
David Schonfeld, M.D., is Director of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement (NCSCB) and Director of the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He has provided consultation, technical assistance, and training in the areas of pediatric bereavement and school crisis preparedness and response for more than 20 years.
Dr. Schonfeld has consulted with schools during the aftermath of numerous school crises (including shootings and other school violence) and national crises. From 2001 to 2004, he consulted to the New York City Department of Education and coordinated training for school crisis teams in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and provided training to more than 1,000 district- and school-level crisis teams within the system.
In 2005, Dr. Schonfeld was awarded funding to establish the NCSCB. He has worked with schools coping with large-scale natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005; Hurricane Ike in Galveston, Texas, in 2008; and the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan, China.
He is actively engaged in school-based research involving children's understanding of and adjustment to serious illness and death and school-based interventions to promote adjustment and risk prevention.
Marcia Quackenbush, M.S., M.F.T., C.H.E.S., is a senior editor with ETR Associates in Scotts Valley, California. She is a licensed family therapist and certified health education specialist.
Ms. Quackenbush has more than 15 years of clinical mental health experience, much of it focused on children, adolescents, and families of people living with a life-changing condition; or people coping with terminal illness in themselves or family members.
Ms. Quackenbush has written extensively in the health education field, publishing numerous articles and books on a range of topics.
Death and grief will affect the lives of almost all children at some point, often leading to struggles with academic performance, social relationships, and behavior. Teachers can be a critical lifeline for a grieving childand now they have a practical guidebook to help them provide sensitive support to students of all ages.
Author David Schonfeld is the national go-to expert on childhood bereavement and school crisisa veteran consultant to school crisis teams, he has trained thousands of professionals in the wake of events such as 9-11 and Hurricane Katrina. Partnering with family therapist Marcia Quackenbush, he guides teachers through a child's experience of grief and loss, illuminates the classroom issues that grieving may trigger, and empowers teachers to undertake the rewarding job of reaching and helping their students. Educators will get the real-world tips, strategies, and insights they need to
Throughout the book, powerful vignettes and examples give teachers a vivid inside look at what their students may be feeling and how an educator's words and actions can make a difference. And because teachers may struggle with their own emotions as they help their students, the book shows them how to manage a wide range of feelings, from discomfort with discussing death to personal identification with the child's loss.
With this how-to guide to one of the most delicate issues an educator will encounter, teachers will give students the support they need to cope with grief and work their way back to full participation in academic and social life.
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About the Authors
Afterword: Support for the Present and the Future
"If there were just one book I would recommend to the teachers of my children, this absolutely would be it." Therese A. Rando, Ph.D., BCETS, BCBT; Clinical Director, The Institute for the Study and Treatment of Loss
"Provides a window into the personal experiences of the bereaved child and offers practical and easy-to-follow strategies that teachers and schools can immediately utilize."Thomas Demaria, Ph.D., Director, Psychological Services Center and 9/11 Family Center Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, Long Island University
"If a resource like this were available after the tragic events of September 11, 2001, I would have sent a copy to each of New York City's 1,000 schools and structured staff development efforts around its main themes."Vincent Giordano, M.S., former Executive Director of the Divisions of Student Support Services, New York City Department of Education