Crisis Preparedness and Response

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Office of Student Support

2500 North Lincoln
Boulevard, Suite 1-14
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Michelle Strain, MCMHC, MHR, LPC-C
Crisis Team School Counselor
(405) 365-5754

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Call 405-397-7108

The Crisis Team provides Oklahoma local educational agencies (LEAs) with tools, training/ professional development, consultation, or direct response support at no cost to districts. Services include support for increasing school safety, best practice recommendations for crisis management, and assistance in identifying students who may require mental health supports. The Crisis Team supports Oklahoma school districts in crisis prevention, preparedness, intervention, and response. The team responds to both hazard-based and threat-based school crises with a specific focus on balancing physical and psychological safety for school communities.
The Crisis Team can help with classrooms, schools, districts, and/or communities with:
  • Prevent and Prepare
    • Crisis PREPaRE training
    • Professional development and technical assistance
    • Assistance with Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs)
    • Development of Safety and Crisis Teams
  • Reaffirm
    • Ensure physical and psychological safety
    • Reunification planning
  • Evaluate
    • Vulnerability assessments
    • Risk and threat assessments
    • Tabletop activities
  • Provide Intervention
  • and
  • Respond (In-person, phone/virtual, electronic)
    • Crisis response resources
    • Communications support
    • Mental health triage
    • Direct physical and psychological response services
    • Crisis Team consultation
    • Best-practices for recovery (e.g. resiliency, memorialization, caring for the caregivers)
  • Examine
    • Debrief and after action planning
    • Connecting school and community supports

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Upcoming PREPaRE Crisis Trainings

Tulsa Area - June 7, 8, and 9. This workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tulsa Tech - Owasso Campus, 10800 North 137th East Avenue, Owasso, OK 74055.

OKC Area - June 14, 15, and 16. This workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Moore Norman Technology Center South Penn Campus, 13301 S. Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City, OK 73170.

Tulsa Area - July 25, 26, and 27. This workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tulsa Tech - Riverside Campus, 801 East 91st Street, Tulsa, OK 74132. 

Additionally, we can schedule a training for your district at your site on the date of your choice. Contact to schedule your own training.


Crisis Toolkit

OSDE Crisis Response and Recovery Team

The OSDE Crisis Team has trained 32 additional OSDE staff in the National Association of School Psychologists' PREPaRE school crisis curriculum. This intensive training prepared the Crisis Response and Recovery Team to help districts navigate pandemic-related, threat-based and hazard-based crises with resources, consultation or direct support. The team is comprised of individuals across various OSDE departments.

Department of Justice - STOP School Violence Grant

The OSDE Crisis Team was developed through a STOP School Violence Grant from the Department of Justice. This grant is in partnership with the Oklahoma School Safety and Security Institute and Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management. 
The purpose of the STOP School Violence Grant is to improve school security by providing Oklahoma local educational agencies (LEAs) with tools to increase school safety and identify students who may require mental health supports. The Crisis Team supports Oklahoma school districts in crisis prevention, preparedness, intervention, and response. This team can respond to both hazard-based and threat-based school crises.
The OSDE Crisis Team is tasked with the following overall goals: 1) Select and train from existing OSDE staff a team, the Crisis Response and Recovery Team, to be deployed to local education agencies in the event of a school emergency or crisis. 2) Provide evidence-based prevention and intervention crisis curriculum training to schools throughout the state. This training will help schools develop crisis preparedness plans and specifically address how to identify students who may need additional behavioral or mental health supports. 3) Assist schools in the implementation of a multi-tiered system of support for crisis management, which will include mental health interventions. 

Professional Associations

  • American Psychological Association – The American Psychological Association represents the professional field of psychology in the United States and is the largest association of psychologists worldwide.
  • American School Counselor Association – ASCA is the national organization that represents the profession of school counseling. ASCA focuses on providing professional development, enhancing school counseling programs, and researching effective school counseling practices.
  • National Association of School Psychologists – The National Association of School Psychologists represents school psychologists, graduate students, and related professionals to improve students’ learning, behavior, and mental health in school and at home. 
  • Oklahoma Counseling Association – Oklahoma’s organization for all persons engaged in any phase of personnel work, educational-vocational guidance and professional counseling. The Association is organized as a state branch of the American Counseling Association. 
  • Oklahoma School Counselor Association – This organization works to foster a close personal and professional relationship among school counselors and with counselors in other settings. Additionally, the group works to improve the standards of counseling and the relationships with other pupil personnel services for students in elementary, middle school/junior high, senior high and post-high school settings. OSCA is chartered by the American School Counselor Association.
  • Oklahoma School Psychological Association – The Oklahoma School Psychological Association advances the school psychology standards by providing professional growth and promoting the education, mental health, rights, and welfare of children and youth.
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Last updated on April 12, 2022