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START Team (Postvention Response)

ESD 105 START Team (School Trauma Assessment and Response Team)  offers postvention support to schools and districts who have been through a tragic event. Postvention refers to activities that help promote healing in the school. The primary goals of postvention are to help school community members, as they begin the grieving process while simultaneously responding to the crisis aspect of the tragic event. 

START Team can provide support in the following areas: 

• Crisis response 
• Helping students cope
• Involving parents 
• Model language for notifications 
• Working with community/media 
• Safe messaging 
• Safe ways to remember the person (Memorialization) 
• Addressing needs when school is not in session