Supporting students, educators, school staff, and school-based clinicians to effectively implement trauma-informed crisis recovery and renewal strategies.
The School Crisis Recovery & Renewal (SCRR) project is a new initiative that launched June 2020. Funded by SAMHSA, the School Crisis Recovery & Renewal (SCRR) is a National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Treatment and Services Adaptation Center (Category II, 2020-2025).
Access our project overview flyer (PDF) for more information about our work.
Nationally, the SCRR Team:
- Provides training and technical assistance (TTA) services and resources to state and local education agencies (SEAs/LEAs); district teams; school leaders; school mental health providers, support staff, and educators; community partners; and other school mental health stakeholders
- Creates curricula, training opportunities, and best-practice resources to promote long-term recovery and renewal after school crisis
- Offers intensive consultations to a small number of districts and schools who have experienced crisis readiness and response support, and are ready for and interested in making meaning of their experience(s)
- Cultivates effective and sustainable school leadership so that school communities build the skills, knowledge, and attributes necessary to recover and renew after a crisis
- Is educator and student centered and directed
We Have Four Goals:
Increase availability of evidence-based and trauma-informed crisis recovery and renewal resources for schools
Increase adoption of evidence-based and trauma-informed crisis recovery and renewal protocols and practices by schools and districts
Increase implementation of evidence- based and trauma-informed recovery and renewal interventions for students, families, and school staff who experienced a school crisis event
Foster system-level infrastructures and policies that support long-term sustainability of these protocols and practices for schools
The SCRR project is led By:
CARS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that has supported California’s mental and behavioral health workforce since 2001 through trainings and technical assistance (TA) rooted in innovative, research-based, and culturally responsive best practices. CARS leads national, state, and local TA centers for initiatives in mental health, substance abuse prevention, and trauma-informed crisis response. CARS’ projects include leadership of five SAMHSA-funded TA centers to support the mental health of the nation’s children, youth, transition-age young adults, and families, as well as schools and communities after crisis.
Trauma Transformed advances trauma-informed and healing-centered system change through community- and cross-system collaboration that mitigates stress, trauma, and oppression impacting our communities. Trauma and chronic stress are pervasive public health issues that affect community residents and our human services workforce. Like people, organizations are susceptible to trauma and structural oppression in ways that contribute to fragmentation, reactivity, and depersonalization. The effects of trauma are also pernicious and lead to systems that are trauma-inducing instead of healing and relationship-centered. T2 recognizes that systems induce stress and our work focuses on creating healing environments, policies, and practices that mitigate the impact of stress and trauma for our workforce and all of us impacted by systems. T2 is the only regional center and clearinghouse in the California Bay Area that promotes a trauma-informed system by providing trainings and policy guidance to systems of care professionals and organizations.
Our Values & Approach
The work of recovery and renewal doesn’t happen alone. The work of school crisis recovery and renewal is big, complicated and complex, and multifaceted, and it can be really hard.
And that was before the COVID 19 pandemic and waves of above-the-surface racial violence that so many of our students witnessed and experienced.
School crisis recovery and renewal work is also about culture change.
Leading communities towards safety, reconnection, and healing requires collaboration and community.
- We believe that knowledge grows and sustains in relationships
- We are led by lived expertise
- We believe that safety and belonging are foundational and for everyone
- We are committed to supporting school crisis recovery and renewal leadership
- We believe that culture change happens at four levels: individually, interpersonally, collectively, and systemically
- We are invested in the process and the outcome of school crisis work so that what we do and why we do it is trauma informed and healing centered
The School Crisis Recovery & Renewal project is for YOU: school leaders, scholars, educators, students, and service providers.
We hope to offer the soil you need to plant and grow the recovery and renewal work your school community needed then, needs now, and will need in the future.
School crisis readiness is essential. Response is critical. And: what happens after matters, too.
Through the SCRR Project, you can…
- Connect with fellow school crisis recovery and renewal leaders: strengthen connections with peers across the country with shared or like experiences
- Resource one another to develop leadership skills
- Craft recovery and renewal policies and practices
- Access school crisis thought leaders, experts, and researchers from across the country
- Gain supportive, solution-focused coaching to help navigate crisis challenges
- Explore foundational and canonic content related to school crisis recovery & renewal
- Engage in workshops, webinars, seminars, coaching sessions, crisis leadership labs, resources, and so much more to help you plant and grow
- Share learning opportunities, resources, conferences, and more
- Engage in Communities of Practice, Networks of Practice, and rich learning. See “Get Involved” and our “Events” page for more information.
- Schools and school districts (e.g., K-12, public, nonpublic, private)
- Local education agencies (LEAs)
- Regional education agencies (REAs)
- State education agencies (SEAs)
- Community partners (e.g.,emergency medical services, health and mental/behavioral health agencies and school mental health professionals)
- Preservice and inservice school leaders (administrators, teachers)
- Students and alumni who have experienced one or more crisis at their school
- Other stakeholders in K-12 school crisis work (e.g., families, nonprofit organizations)
- And anyone interested in school crisis recovery and renewal work