THE COMPETENT SCHOOL COMMUNITY:
RESPONSE TO THE CONNECTICUT SCHOOL TRAUMA
Dealing with a trauma like the school shooting in Connecticut is obviously not an easy thing. Even the most experienced mental health professionals are challenged to offer explanations of how and why something so horrific and incomprehensible could take place. Yet while many aspects of this tragedy will continue to defy explanation, there is information available that can help all members of the competent school community - administrators, faculty and staff, parents, and students - manage their responses. When the adults in the school community feel better equipped to handle their own reactions, they feel more prepared to deal with the reactions of the children on their care.
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40 Developmental Assets for Adolescents
The Developmental Assets® are 40 common sense, positive experiences and qualities that help influence choices young people make and help them become caring, responsible, successful adults. Because of its basis in youth development, resiliency, and prevention research and its proven effectiveness, the Developmental Assets framework has become one of the most widely used approach to positive youth development in the United States.