Warren County School Crisis Response Team
Each school crisis is unique and even the most comprehensive plans cannot anticipate all possible situations and effects. It is essential for each school to be prepared with intervention protocols and plans for dealing with these events. However, sometimes the level of a crisis requires response which is beyond the capabilities of the school or district staff. This can occur when the school personnel themselves are traumatized or the effects of the crisis are so far-reaching, an adequate response cannot be managed by the school or district team alone.
The Warren County School Crisis Team was developed in 2011 to serve as a resource for local school districts in such times of crisis. The purpose of the team is to augment the school or districts team's functions by assisting when added resources are necessary. At the request of the school or district, the team can serve as intervention specialists in the aftermath of a crisis or as collaborating experts when evaluating at-risk youth. All team services will be provided under the direction of designated school or district personnel.
Unique Qualifications of the Team
This multi-disciplinary team is composed of members who have been through a comprehensive application and reference check process, and have completed a background check with the past 12 months. All members are Certified Trauma and Loss Specialists, a designation achived through extensive training from the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children.
Team Member Biographies
Shelley Brown, BA, LSW, CDCA, CTS: Prevention Specialist - Warren County Educational Service Center-Shelley obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Georgetown College in 1987. She obtained her licensure in Social Work in 1992 and her Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant licensure in 2008. She has worked with youth in Warren County for the past 21 years. She began her career working with severely mentally ill adults and later severely emotionally disturbed children. For the past 18 years she has devoted her time to working with youth and their families involved in the Juvenile Court system. Her passion is speaking publically about substance abuse education and prevention.
Jane Groh, MSW, LISW-S, CTS: Director of Prevention Services, Solutions Community Counseling and Recovery Centers-Jane is a Clinical Social Worker with 25 years experience. She has worked, supervised, and taught crisis intervention to all ages and disciplines. She is the Director of Prevention Service for Solutions Community Counseling and Recovery.
Vycki Haught, MSW, CTS: Community Resource Coordinator, Mason City Schools-Vycki has worked with children ages 4-19 and their families for the last 17 years to provide the necessary resources for students to be successful. Her area of expertise is crisis intervention and conflict resolution.
Tiffany Rush, MSW, LISW-S, CTS: Child and Adolescent Program Director, Solutions Community Counseling and Recovery Centers
- Tiffany has over 16 years of experience working with children and adolescents in the substance abuse and mental health fields. She co-developed and managed the agency’s trauma focused specialty care program. She has provided individual and family counseling to traumatized children and their families.
Kim Sellers, MSW, LISW-S, CTS: Director of Coordinated Care, Warren County Educational Service Center
-Kim is an Independently Licensed Social Worker. Prior to her current position, Kim worked also as a Diversion Therapist serving Unruly youth and their families. Kim has worked in Warren County for over 15 years and was the Investigations Supervisor at Warren County Children Services prior to coming to the ESC in 2005. Kim’s passion is working with adolescents, especially those who self-harm or have experienced trauma. Kim served on the Safe School’s Training Team during the 2010-2011 school year. Kim received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and her Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Cincinnati. Kim obtained her School Suicide Prevention Specialist Accreditation
in November 2011.
Syndra Snelling, Masters in Pupil Services, CTS: School Counseling: Guidance Counselor, Lebanon High School-Syndra earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Miami University. She began her career as a Reading Recovery Teacher in the Miamisburg School District where she helped students raise their reading levels and learn to read at the same level as their peers. From there she expanded her career and worked as a teacher at The Warren County Juvenile Detention Center. This position also allowed her to teach youth placed at The Mary Haven Youth Center. Her interest in helping students both academically and emotionally led her to pursue her Master’s Degree in Pupil Services: School Counseling from Wright State University in 2004. Syndra has been a Guidance Counselor at Lebanon High School since 2005. Syndra is now enrolled at Miami University where she is working toward a second Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership that may one day lead her to be a principal.
Barbara Wright, Master of Arts in Education with School Counseling Certification, CTS: Guidance Counselor, Bowman Primary School-Barbara has worked in education for over 28 years, first in special education and then in counseling. She graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education, and from Heidelberg University, Tiffin, Ohio with a Master of Arts in Education with School Counseling Certification. She is currently a School Counselor at Bowman Primary School, Lebanon, Ohio.
-Technical Assistance in developing school crisis protocols
-Assistance in the aftermath of a crisis, including: assessing potential impact to school community and planning of interventions, staffing interventions in classrooms, Safe Rooms and staff meetings
-Case consultations when a school desires an independent opinion regarding at-risk students (Threat Assessments)
To request emergency deployment, phone 1.877.695.6333 (NEED)
(Local 24 hour behavioral health crisis line-request contact with the School Crisis Response Team)
To request non-emergent technical assistance or case consultation, phone Kim Sellers, Warren County ESC, 513.695.2900 ext. 2311