Working with the Youth
As a Critical Incident Stress Management Counselor; the community pulled together in a talking circle and gave each other confidence to open their “story” or feelings. As for the school: the talking circle was set up by grade ( up to 6th/7th grade, then 9th to 12th grade) discussion was made to ensure healing awareness and the signs of needing further counseling was given and recommended. Younger children in school were given a story and two counselors role played by explaining a specific incident, who acted/reacted naturally, and what can be done and to who the children can talk with an adult/counselor about the incident. Each agency was broken down by 1st responders and incident supporters (front desk clerks/dispatcher/family & friends). A debriefing was completed in a healing circle. At times, those who did not participate in the healing circle were invited one on one for a debriefing. Further counseling was recommended most of the time by their assigned Behavior Health Aide or by the assigned psychiatrist. Community activities were recommended; A weekly luncheon was recommended with ALL 1st Responders with an invite of staff supporters.