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What is the TIG Back Up Support?
Many crisis situations occur that affect the schools. Examples of past situations include: suicides, fatal automobile accidents, fatal house fires, and terminal illness. All these situations could occur for students or staff. For most events the support is provided internally within the district, however, when a district feels overwhelmed by the support that it needs to ensure a safe school environment, they request TIG back up support.
TIG back up support consists of TIG trained members from other school districts going into the requested schools. Most of the time, the visiting TIG members provide large group support (for example, in the cafeteria, at a school memorial) as this allows the individual counselors working in the district to work directly with individual youth who are impacted. Visiting TIG members may also provide support in classrooms or in rooms set up for staff needing to take a break or talk to someone.
Each school district identifies three people that are approved to request back up support. These are the same individuals that the TIG Back Up Support Staff would call in order to find TIG members in their district to respond to the request from the other district.
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