Green & Holt Published in National Association of School Psychologists Newsletter
Professors Jennifer Green and Melissa Holt co-authored Supporting Students One Year After the Boston Marathon Bombing – an article that was published in the March issue of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Newsletter. Green and Holt’s article provides guidelines for schools responding to the anniversary of the Boston Marathon attack.
NASP works to “empower school psychologists by advancing effective practices to improve students’ learning, behavior, and mental health.”
Below is an excerpt from Supporting Students One Year After the Boston Marathon Bombing:
April 2014 marks the 1-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing that resulted in the shutdown of large portions of the Boston area and triggered intense emotions (e.g., fear, anger, sadness) among many children and families. Within a week of the 1-year anniversary, Boston will host the 2014 Marathon. This is expected to be a highly attended and publicized event, with an anticipated 36,000 official entrants in the race (an increase from 27,000 runners in 2013). During the weeks preceding the anniversary period, it is anticipated that there will be a high level of media coverage that will likely include numerous images and videos of the 2013 attacks, as well as stories of the victims and their families. The anniversary of the event presents a teachable moment, in which many lessons may be learned; however, it is also important for schools to prepare for the challenges that some children, teachers, and staff may face during this sensitive period of time.