Crisis Navigation in Trauma-Informed, Resilience-Oriented Schools Learning Community

The application period for this learning community is now closed.

This learning community will assist school leaders in creating and strengthening a site crisis navigation team and engage participants in meaningful peer-to-peer learning. Participants will share successes and barriers and discuss the implementation and expansion of trauma-informed, resilience-oriented school crisis navigation.

At the time of a crisis, it is challenging for schools to organize an effective crisis navigation response and still maintain the required long-range perspective and day-to-day operations. 

They may find themselves in the situation having underestimated the full impact of the crisis, feeling overwhelmed by the extent and magnitude of it, or being systematically unprepared.

Thus, it is essential for schools to have a preplanned, systematic organizational model to direct decisions should a crisis occur. This model must:

  1. Anticipate the outcomes of a crisis and identify the ways it will affect individuals from various racial/ethnic backgrounds and their respective communities.
  2. Identify and plan how to use the broad range of skills and knowledge represented by those on the school crisis response team, including those of collaborating professions, such as mental health and juvenile justice. 
  3. Anticipate the future needs of the school population and develop plans to meet those needs.  

Session dates

  1. Monday, April 24, 2023 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
  2. Monday, May 8, 2023 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
  3. Tuesday, May 16, 2023 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET
  4. Tuesday, May 23, 2023 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET

Learning Objectives

By the end of this learning community, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the key components of crisis navigation in trauma-informed, resilience-oriented schools.
  • Describe successes and challenges as they relate to implementing trauma-informed, resilience-oriented crisis navigation.
  • Describe successes and challenges as they relate to implementing trauma-informed, resilience-oriented, crisis navigation for diverse populations.
  • Compare crisis navigation implementation experiences and integrate feedback from peers and experts for continued improvement.

Topic Experts

This learning community features the following experts from the National Council for Mental Wellbeing:

  • Terence Fitzgerald, PhD, MEd, MSW
  • Pamela Black, MEd
  • Julie Schillim, PhD, LLP, LPC
  • Amelia Roeschlein, DSW, LMFT
  • Maricela Aceves, EdD, DSW


  • To receive a certificate, participants must join at least 3 of the 4 sessions and complete assignments (short readings) between sessions.
  • During each session, participants will engage in peer-to-peer discussions about challenges, successes, and opportunities they have experienced related to crisis navigation implementation.


Before applying, please review this webpage for more information about learning objectives and details on the topics that will be covered.

Participants may apply in teams of up to four people or as individuals. All school crisis teams are welcome to apply, but preference will be given to STOP/COPS grantees.

To join this learning community, please complete the application by April 14.


What will you gain by participating? 
The goal of this learning community is to engage a group of schools and their community partners in meaningful peer-to-peer learning, through sharing successes and challenges as well as skill-building capacity as it relates to the implementation and expansion of trauma-informed resilience-oriented school crisis navigation.

Are there requirements for participating? 
There are no costs associated with participating in this learning community series. We ask that you participate in most, if not all, of the 4 sessions within the series. This will ensure that you and your team will get the most from this learning opportunity. There will also be short reading assignments between sessions.

How will I receive the materials to prepare for each session?
Before each session, participants can access the presentation slide deck along with any additional materials needed before each session.

Will I have a chance to provide feedback and share thoughts after each session?
Yes! Your feedback directly guides our direction and content shared in each session. All participants will be directed to complete a post-session survey after the learning community to share their feedback with us.

Is there a cap on the number of participants? 
Yes, there is a cap of 60 participants (15 teams of three to four members) for this learning community opportunity. Applications will be reviewed on April 14 and all applicants will be notified if they are accepted into the opportunity or added to the waiting list within several weeks. 


4 sessions

Topic Areas

Mental Health, School Climate

Crisis Timeline

Crisis Management, Post-crisis, Prevention Planning


School Personnel

Learning Communities