The majority of children experience the death of a loved one or friend before they graduate from high school. Other crisis events such as disasters, school violence and family stressors also routinely touch students' lives. Understanding how crisis and loss can affect academic success and students' behaviors and effectively responding to students' reactions are essential skills to helping students successfully cope with these challenges. School counselors can serve as an invaluable resource for school personnel as well as families as they strive to make a difference in students' lives after a crisis or loss.
Robin Gurwitch is a professor, department of pediatrics, division of developmental and behavioral pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Additionally, she is the program coordinator for the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement. Gurwitch also serves on the training faculty, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Program, University of Oklahoma Sciences Center.