Psychology Professors Develop First Aid Kit for Educators, Parents

Posted: September 14, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jeremy Lasich

Three George Mason Psychology faculty members have developed an online First Aid Kit to provide basic guidance for educators, school psychologists, and counselors on how to work with children through the difficult time after a tragedy. Jack Naglieri, director of the Center for Cognitive Development; John Wasserman, a faculty member of the center; and Scott Merydith, coordinator of the psychology M.A. program, created the document in a matter of days to make it available nationwide.

The kit includes information for educational staff about what they can do to help children during the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the United States. Handouts include administrative planning for the first few days back to school, counselor suggestions for crisis management and follow-up, teacher suggestions for leading class discussions, and parent suggestions for helping children cope.

The document has been sent to several local school districts, including Fairfax County, and is being distributed nationwide with the help of the National Association of School Psychologists. The Mental Health Association in New York, the University of Delaware, and an elementary school in Arizona are among the organizations who are already using the kit.

“We wanted to create something that people could read and apply in a short amount of time,” says Naglieri. “People do not have time to sit down and read a book right now, and this first aid kit allows them to get the information they need quickly.”

For more information, visit the Psychology Department’s website.

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