TIG collaboration
"Children carry more between home & school than lunch and a backpack. Working together we can lighten their load." –National Association of School Psychologists

TIG Backup Support

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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For school-aged children and adolescents, school can be a place where they can resume their “normal” life. It can also pose some difficulties. Because grief often causes difficulty with concentration, schoolwork may become particularly difficult If necessary, talk to the child’s teacher about temporarily decreasing demands, and letting him or her take breaks to go to a counselor, school nurse or some other designated individual. Typically, children will not use this as a “crutch,” as is sometimes feared; they want to be like their peers, and will likely resume a normal workload as soon as they are able. If, after a few months, the child is still having difficulty, talk to his or her teacher, guidance counselor or pediatrician about professional counseling.

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