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Crisis Preparedness and Response

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Office of Student Support

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

Erika Olinger, PhD, NCSP, BCBA-D
Health Service Psychologist #1360 Crisis Team School Psychologist
(405) 522-9997

Trisha Goga, MA, NCSP, RBT
Crisis Team School Psychologist
(405) 522-9998

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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. 

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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 January 4, 2021