• School Crisis Response Team Training

    SSC will host a school crisis response team training on August 2 and August 3. This two-day training is provided with funds from The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) to support the creation of regional school crisis teams. 

    August 2-3, 2023
    8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    Woodlake Meeting Center
    210 Wood Lake Drive SE
    Rochester, MN 55904

  • Overview

    This initial training course is designed for potential members of regional school crisis response teams. These teams usually include school mental health professionals, educators, and professionals in the community who may respond to crises within schools and/or that affect those in schools. School administrators support these teams so they can respond when needed, and they may contact the team when a crisis occurs in their own school community. 

    • Course participants will learn about the three most common phases of a crisis: pre-crisis planning, acute crisis response and post-crisis activities.
    • Special attention is given to the most common pitfalls associated with crisis response activities.
    • Participants of this training are introduced to the CISM framework and specific intervention techniques that can easily be applied within the school setting.

    These intervention techniques are research-informed and widely recognized for effectiveness. Participants will be given opportunities to explore the elements of effective crisis management through multiple group activities.

  • Who Should Attend? 

    The training is intended for those who will actually serve on the SCRT. 
    • School Social Workers
    • School Counselors
    • School Nurses
    • School Psychologists
    • Other school mental health professionals

    *School administrators must be supportive of the team and understand their role, but they typically don’t attend this training.

  • Trainer Information

    Brian Skogen is the school social worker at Canby Public Schools. He is also one of the founders and now coordinates the SWWC School Crisis Response Team, which serves the 18 counties in southwest and west central Minnesota. Brian is certified through the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) in the area of School Crisis Management. He is a member of the SWMN EMS CISM Team, spent 23 years on his local fire department, 16 years as an EMT and 17 years on the Yellow Medicine County Technical Rescue Team. He currently teaches fire/rescue through MN West Community and Technical College and has done so for 25 years. He has a master's degree in school counseling. Brian lives in rural Canby with his wife and family.

    Training Flyer