Who We Are

The National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement (NCSCB) at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work is dedicated to helping schools support their students through crisis and loss.

Since 1990, our experts have assisted hundreds of schools and communities in the U.S. and abroad cope in the aftermath of tragedy, playing a vital role in helping to foster resilience after crisis events, including the September 11th, 2011, World Trade Center attacks; Hurricane Katrina (2005); the 8.0-magnitude earthquake in China’s Sichuan Province (2008); tornado destruction in Joplin MO and Alabama (2011); the Newtown CT school shootings (2012); Aurora community shooting (2012); and Marysville WA (2014) and Townville SC (2016) school shootings.

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What We Do

Crisis Response. Free immediate technical assistance and training to schools and communities that are responding to crises, with a focus on supporting their students, both short-term and throughout long-term recovery.

Education & Training. Free education materials, as well as expert consultation and trainings for school professionals and communities preparing for or responding to crisis events.

Advocacy & Research. Support for policies that encourage best practices in crisis and grief support in schools, and research in the fields of childhood bereavement and disaster preparedness.

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The Center’s vision is a nation of resilient schools prepared to appropriately respond to and support their students in times of crisis and grief.