School Mobilization Assistance Response Teams (SMART)

SMART Program2018-05-25T11:52:49+00:00

Supporting and responding to schools in a crisis.

About

About the SMART Program

The SMART team responds to schools during a traumatic event which emotionally impacts students and staff. Team members mobilize immediately—to provide support to students and staff in the event of a crisis of any magnitude. In addition to crisis management services, the SMART Team provides comprehensive training to help prepare your school and staff in the event of a crisis.

What is a SMART Team?

The SMART team is made up of counselors, social workers, psychologists, nurses, ELA staff, security staff and community volunteers.

SMART Program

Services

SMART Services

Crisis Response

Once we receive the call, SMART team members mobilize immediately providing support to students and staff in the event of a crisis of any magnitude.

School Crisis Trainings

The SMART team will come to your school and provide your staff with an 8 hour initial training including the following topics:

  • How to prepare and response to a school crisis
  • Developing an emergency plan
  • The importance of a phone tree
  • Key roles during a school crisis
  • Communicating information to staff, students and families
  • Understanding the developmental stages of students K-12 and how reactions differ
  • Addressing trauma and grief in students K-12
  • What to do in the days and weeks following a crisis
  • Key factors for assessing risk in a school setting

Additional Workshops and Trainings

In addition to the core training, the SMART team conducts targeted trainings, including:

  • Team Lead Trainings
  • Quarterly update meetings
  • Community Forums

What Districts Say About Smart Team Assistance

“I am so grateful to all of you for your professional expertise and personal support this past week. I was again reminded why I am so fortunate to work in this community. Facing this tragedy together made us much stronger than we would have been otherwise.”

“Our school has suffered a great deal of loss this year. Each and every time… your team has taken the time to ask questions, check in with teachers, support students and just be a warm presence.”

Trainers

Our Trainers

Wendy and Jodi are both volunteers with the Trauma Intervention Program of Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington. They coordinate many of the school trauma responses in the area. Over the years, Wendy and Jodi have also served as mentors, provided supervision and continuing education for the TIP Teen volunteers.

Wendy and Jodi developed the School Mobilization Assistance Response Team training in 2001. They have trained over 1500 staff members from Clark County, Washington area, the Parkrose and Reynolds School Districts in Portland, Oregon, Clackamas Community College Counseling Department, Grays Harbor County and the State of Delaware how to respond to crisis situations in the schools. Additionally, Wendy and Jodi offer Quarterly Update trainings and team building activities for all SMART Team members.

Wendy and Jodi are both trained in Critical Incident Stress Management and Critical Incident Stress Debriefing by Dr. Jeffrey Mitchell. Wendy and Jodi have both met the requirements for a Certificate of Specialized Training in Schools and Children Crisis Response Specialty through the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. Wendy has also met the requirements for a Certificate of Specialized Training in Mass Disasters and Terrorism and Jodi has met the requirements for a Certificate of Specialized Training in Health Care.

Wendy Silverthorne, LCSW

Wendy is the SMART Team Coordinator and the Connect Evergreen Coalition Coordinator. She has a broad social work background, having worked in the field for almost 40 years. The majority of those years have been spent working in a school setting. Wendy was named Washington State School Social Worker of the Year, 2002.

Jodi Wicks, MS

Jodi is a Crisis Stabilization Clinician at Catholic Community Services. She was a Bereavement Manager for Peacehealth Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver Washington for two decades.

Resources

SMART Resources

Clark County Community Resources

Contacts

Who to Contact

Wendy Silverthorne, LCSW

SMART Team Coordinator

Contact

Phone: 360-952-3401

Email: wendy.silverthorne@esd112.org

Upcoming Classes

Prevention Programs & Grants

Programs/Grants administered by Prevention and Youth Services include:

Washington State Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative
Student Threat Assessment Program
Prevent Coalition
Truancy Project
Youth Workforce Program

Get Social with Us

ESD 112

Our scope of services is wide and varied. It includes but is not limited to curriculum; instructional support and assessment; business operations; transportation; youth employment; printing; public relations; data processing; payroll; fingerprinting; network support; a statewide K-20 computer network; traffic safety education; construction management; preschool programs; homeless transportation; para-educator training; and special education.
ESD 112
ESD 112November 17, 2018 at 4:33pm
Our Prevent Coalition folks are at the Clark County Event Center sharing resources and hanging out with Curly the camel. Come on out and say hello. We're here until 6pm.
ESD 112

Prevention & Youth Services News

Drug Take Back Event Collects 3,678 Pounds of Pills

On Saturday, 1,373 Clark, Skamania, and Klickitat County residents dropped off a total of 3,678 pounds of unused and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications with local law enforcement officers, pharmacists, coalition staff and community volunteers.  [...]

More News

Related Programs