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Helping Children Cope With Crisis  

A collection of resources for Parents, Teachers, and Students to help with coping.
Last Updated: Dec 3, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates
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Welcome to the GCLS Helping Children Cope Guide.

This guide provides easy access to authoritative resources available from the Gloucester County Library System.


Selected Books

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On That Day - Andrea Patel
Sometimes bad things happen in the world. But there will always be good things in the world, too. You are one of those good things.With simple language and a heart-felt message, Andrea Patel addresses a timely and timeless question: What can you do when bad things happen? "Whatever we as teachers, and as adults, can offer the children-and each other-in the way of reassurance, and hope, and optimism, can only help heal us all." -author, Andrea Patel

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Past Tense - John Burstein
ISBN: 9780778748120
Slim Goodbody helps children develop skills to manage and release stress in ways that keep their minds and bodies healthy

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Sometimes Bad Things Happen - Ellen B. Jackson; Shelley Rotner (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0761317341
Mentions some of the bad things that happen in the world and presents some positive ways to respond to them.

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Terrorism - Ron Fridell
ISBN: 0766016714
This book uses examples of specific incidents to define terms and to amplify principles of terrorist behavior. It discusses measures being taken against terrorism and provides a historical perspective.


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  • After a Crisis: Helping Young Children Heal
    Created by the National Child Trauma Stress Network, this checklist provides tips on helping young children through the healing process after a tragedy.
  • American Psychological Association Help Center
    APA's Psychology Help Center is an online consumer resource featuring articles and information related to psychological issues affecting your daily physical and emotional well-being.
  • American Red Cross Disaster and Safety Library
    Created by the American Red Cross, the Disaster and Safety Library provides information on how to prepare yourself and your family for and handle a variety of disasters and emergencies.
  • Coping with Crisis - Helping Children with Special Needs
    Created by Rutgers University's Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth (TLC) Program, this guide offers tips in helping children with special needs cope with a variety of crisis events.
  • Cyberbullying Information Center (ebrary)
    To help parents, educators, and others better understand, prevent, and take action against this growing concern, ebrary is subsidizing a collection of e-books on cyberbullying.
  • Disaster Distress Helpline
    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline provides crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
  • FEMA: Helping Children Cope with Disaster
    A PDF pamphlet from FEMA on Helping Children Cope with Disaster.
  • FEMA: Ready Kids
    Be prepared in every situation! Are you ready! to put your planning skills to good use? Are you ready to help your family get prepared for the unexpected? Your family can use this Web site to create a plan that will help you be ready for many different kinds of unexpected situations!You're already a great planner! Every day you get your homework done, get to music or sports practice on time and plan where and when you'll meet up with friends. But how do you get prepared for emergencies? It's simple! It just takes planning and practice and these fun activities from Ready Kids can help!
    A website providing information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years.
    Helping you help your students in times of disaster, school crises, or emergencies.
  • National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) - School Safety and Crisis Resources
    NASP has made these materials available free of charge to the public in order to promote the ability of children and youth to cope with traumatic or unsettling events. Text from HTML materials may be adapted or reproduced without specific permission.
  • National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement
    The lives of children are too frequently touched by crises that may include the death of family members, friends or others important in a child’s life. When this occurs, learning, behavior and relationships can be impacted. The National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement (NCSCB) can provide guidance for you and your child’s school to understand and meet the needs of your child and family.
  • National Child Traumatic Stress Network
    Established by Congress in 2000, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) brings a singular and comprehensive focus to childhood trauma. NCTSN’s collaboration of frontline providers, researchers, and families is committed to raising the standard of care while increasing access to services. Combining knowledge of child development, expertise in the full range of child traumatic experiences, and dedication to evidence-based practices, the NCTSN changes the course of children’s lives by changing the course of their care.
  • New Jersey Parent Link
    The homepage for NJ Parent Link provides information for the parents of NJ. NJ Parent Link is a portal for Federal, State, and Community resources.
  • Resources for Parents-Teachers
    Additional resources on being prepared and talking to your kids about challenging subjects from FEMA's
  • SAMHSA Coping with Violence and Traumatic Events
    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.
  • Talking to Children About Shootings
    From the National Child Trauma Stress Network (NCTSN), this publication explains how adults can help children who are struggling with their thoughts and feelings regarding a shooting.
  • Talking with Kids About News
    In the days and weeks following a high-profile tragedy, kids may have a lot of questions about whether something like this could happen to them. PBS has posted tips on how to handle these difficult topics with children.
  • Toll-Free Crisis Hotline Numbers
    Toll-Free Crisis Hotline Numbers from the Child Welfare Information Information Gateway.
  • Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth Program
    Established by Rutgers University Behavioral Health, Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth (TLC) is an interactive, statewide network that offers collaboration and support to professionals working with school-age youth. The dual mission of the TLC is excellence in suicide prevention and trauma response assistance to schools following unfortunate losses due to suicide, homicide, accident and illness.

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