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Resources for Teaching After Crisis

In response to the tragedy at NIU, the NIU Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center has compiled the following information and resources for faculty as the campus community heals. This page will be frequently updated as additional resources are made available throughout the healing process and will remain archived here.

General Resources

Coping and Responding to Traumatic Events - UW-Eau Claire

Self-help information by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Counseling Services


Coping With a Traumatic Event: Information for the Public [PDF] - CDC

Information by the Centers for Disease Control on coping with tragic events


Crisis Intervention on Campus: Current and New Approaches [PDF]

Article by Bert H. Epstein (2004) discussing the resulting use, potential overuse, and possible misuse of psychological debriefing. Analysis and interpretation of recent scientific data for interventions similar to commonly used methods of campus crisis intervention are provided.


Guide to Discussing a Crisis - Washington

Suggestions for discussing crisis offered by University of Washington Center for Instructional Development and Research


Guidelines for Leading Class Discussions in Response to Tragedy [PDF] - ASU

Suggestions offered by Arizona State University for preparing to facilitate class discussions regarding recent tragedy


Managing Distress in the Aftermath of NIU Shootings: Tips for College and University Students [PDF] - ASU

Recommendations for students compiled by Arizona State University


Managing Hot Moments in the Classroom

Tip sheet by Lee Warren of Harvard University on turning difficult encounters into learning opportunities addressing important, but hot, topics


Responding to Distressed Students - UC Santa Barbara

Information that may help in recognizing and responding to students in distress and making appropriate referrals, compiled by the University of California, Santa Barbara


Responses to Tragedy - Dartmouth

Information compiled by Dartmouth University Counseling and Human Development on responses to traumatic events


Sustaining Academic Community in the Aftermath of Tragedy [PDF]

Article by Terry M. Wildman, Virginia Tech, focusing on the question of how an academic community can sustain itself and work productively and positively to achieve normally high aspirations for its students and all members of the community


Teaching in Times of Crisis - Vanderbilt

Recommended steps for teaching during times of crisis


Managing Grief: Student Resource Guide to Experiencing Grief and Getting Help

This guide aims to provide support for grieving students and those who care about them.


Tips for Parents of School Age Children: Helping Your Children Manage Distress in the Aftermath of School Shootings

Tips compiled by the American Psychological Association for helping children manage their distress

NIU Resources

Fear, Anxiety, and Guilt After a Traumatic Event

When you have lived through a shocking event…you survived a terrible accident, you lost your house in a tornado, you lost a loved one in an accident or severe storm, you or a loved one were attacked, or the place you thought was safe was violated by some form of violence or natural disaster....[PDF] [Word]


Grief Journey Tips

Grief is a normal response to any loss.  Each person’s grief journey is unique, yet the process of grief is similar regardless of what was lost:  a loved one, a relationship, your health or your loved one’s health,your home, your identity/role related to family or job, your income and/or your hopes and dreams.  The intensity of your grief is directly related to the strength of your attachment to what was lost. [PDF] [Word]


Hotlines and Counseling Information

NIU hotlines and counseling services available for NIU faculty/staff, GTAs, and students


Recognizing and Assisting Students in Emotional Distress

Micky M. Sharma, Psy.D., Director of Counseling and Consultation Services (formerly Counseling and Student Development Center), shares recommendations for recognizing and assisting students in emotional distress.


Responding and Coping...After Traumatic Experiences

People respond to traumatic events differently.  We cannot control how we respond; we can only accept how we are emotionally and physically responding.  It is important to work at not giving in to our avoidance tendencies and take small steps to face what we experienced and how we are feeling. [PDF] [Word]


Stepping Stones Along Your Grief Journey...After the Death of a Loved One

Everyone’s Grief Journey has a different route and many curves and circles as you slowly move forward.  In the beginning, you hardly believe you are taking any steps or maybe you take a couple steps that are definitely going nowhere!  As you move through the first few months your particular path begins to emerge. Listed below are some of the landmarks that let you know you are moving through your grief. [PDF] [Word]


Teaching in Times of Crisis

Handout of tips and strategies compiled by the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center from various sources for teaching after a time of crisis [PDF] [Word]


Tips, Strategies and Resources on Dealing with Aftermath of Tragedy for International Students, Faculty and Staff

Handout addressing questions that may arise for those who share different cultural backgrounds from those typically found in the Midwest of the US [PDF] [Word]


Tips For Taking Care of Yourself During Stressful Times

Tips for individuals coping with stressful situations [PDF] [Word]


Trauma and Learning - Some tips for Faculty and Instructors

Some tips for Faculty and Instructors prepared by Toni Tollerud, Ph.D. and Lee Shumow, Ph.D. NIU College of Education, Center for Child Welfare and Education. Dealing with questions like: How does trauma impair learning? What contributes to this impairment that affects the student? As an instructor, what are some ways I could respond to the students in my classes? What about students who might be at a heightened risk? What suggestions can I make? [PDF]


What Helps You Cope With Grief?

Grief is a normal response to any loss.  Each person’s grief journey is unique, yet the process of grief is similar regardless of what was lost:  a loved one, a relationship, your health or your loved one’s health,your home, your identity/role related to family or job, your income and/or your hopes and dreams.  The intensity of your grief is directly related to the strength of your attachment to what was lost. [PDF] [Word]

NIU Support Units

Counseling and Consultation Services

Counseling and Consultation Services can help students resolve personal difficulties and acquire the attitudes, abilities, and knowledge that will enable them to take full advantage of their college experience and be successful. Information can be found at http://www.niu.edu/counseling and 815-753-1206.


Employee Assistance Program

EAP serves to enhance the well being of all NIU faculty, staff, retirees and their families. Information about the office can be found at http://www.hr.niu.edu/hrs/work_life/employee_assistance/index.shtml and 815-753-9191.

Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center

(FDIDC) has a number of resources online on teaching after a crisis. FDIDC staff are also available for consultations on strategies for teaching after a crisis and can be reached at 815-753-0595, facdev@niu.edu (for faculty), and tadev@niu.edu (for TAs).


International Student and Faculty Office

(ISFO) advises international students and faculty on ways to succeed academically, socially, and culturally at Northern Illinois University. Information about ISFO can be found at http://www.niu.edu/isfo/aboutus/index.shtml and 815-753-1346.


Psychological Services Center

Psychological Services provides high quality mental health resources to students, prepares graduate students in professional practice, and provides opportunities for research on empirically supported treatment outcomes. Information about the Center can be found at http://niu.edu/psyc/psc and 815-753-0591.



Additional information or resources?
Do you have an additional resource to share with NIU faculty? Email the URL, title, and brief description of suggested resources to jrhode@niu.edu for consideration.

Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center staff are available for consultations on strategies for teaching after a crisis and can be reached at 815-753-0595, facdev@niu.edu (for faculty), and tadev@niu.edu (for TAs).


Last Updated: 7/18/2017