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School Safety WebQuest

Introduction · Question · Background Info · Individual Roles
Teenagers · Sociologists · Educators
Parents · Counselors · Politicians
Group Process · Real Feedback · Rubric · Conclusion · Teacher's Guide

Counselors & Health Professionals

How would Counselors & Health Professionals feel about violence at schools? Your job is to understand this perspective, to become an expert, knowing the concerns of people who try to understand and help children deal with difficult situations.

You may choose to make up your own questions or use those provided.

  1. How are teenagers' brains and development unique? Do experts agree on this or is there a great difference of opinions? What do you believe are main ways that a teenager's brain and social development might be different from adults or younger children?
  2. When working with children and adolescents who have experience shock or trauma, what are the main things a counselor or health care professional should do? Be as specific and detailed as possible.
  3. What are common ways that the mental and / or social development of children and adolescents can become abnormal?
  4. Who bears responsibility for the social and mental well-being of children? Parents? Schools? Society? Health care professionals? The children themselves? If you believe all these people/groups do, then rate them in order of responsibility from most responsible to least.

Your answers to these questions should help you take a position on the main question(s) listed below. Remember, your answers should reflect what Counselors & Health Professionals would think and feel:

Why all this violence in schools?!!

In other words...

  • Why does it happen?
  • Who is responsible?
  • How can we stop it?
  • How does all this relate to the world outside the school gates?
Use the links below to find answers. If you think you need more site to review, use the extensive Topic Hotlist and broaden your search.
Teen Brain Development
links to online articles

Key Brain Growth Goes on Into Teens
by Curt Suplee, Washington Post

Mood Disorders in Children and Adolescents
by Anne Brown, National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression

Behavioral Disorders: Focus on Change
from KidSource OnLine

Grief and Coping - from Common Sense about Kids and Guns
links to online news articles

'Mental breakdown' defense hinted in Georgia school shooting
from CNN

Four Tasks of Mourning
from the William Wendt Center for Loss and Healing

Learning to Manage the Loss
from the William Wendt Center for Loss and Healing

Feelings/Experiences Which Commonly Accompany Loss
from the William Wendt Center for Loss and Healing

Helping Children Handle Disaster-Related Anxiety
from the National Mental Health Association

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
from the National Mental Health Association

Helping Children After a Disaster
from the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Helping Children Cope With Loss
from the National Mental Health Association


Launched April 2002. Revised February, 2005.
By Tom March, tom at ozline dot com
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