• This page is intended to provide practical resources for schools who find themselves in crisis situations. The manuals and toolkits have been vetted by area experts and school districts for support in times of tragedy.



    After a Suicide Toolkit for Schools

    Postvention Standards Manual

    Crisis Day Checklist, Milton Area School District

    What to Say Resource




    If you are seeking more information, need additional immediate or long-term planning resources, or require an emergency response and support team to help in a time of crisis, contact:

    Dr. Bernadette Boerckel
    Email: bboerckel@csiu.org
    Work: (570) 523-1155 ext. 2352
    Cell Phone: (570) 220-1803

    Dr. John Kurelja
    Email: jkurelja@csiu.org
    Work: (570) 523-1155 ext. 2333
    Cell Phone: (570) 204-1525

    These resources have been compiled by the Social and Emotional Wellness Committee of the CSIU Region. This team came together early in 2019 in response to a growing need to support area districts and their communities in the following areas:

    • Crisis training and response teams
    • Suicide prevention and response
    • Trauma-informed school models
    • MTSS systems of support for mental health
    • Social and emotional learning professional development and support

    The S&EW committee meets monthly at the CSIU and is facilitated by Bernadette Boerckel, Director of Community Outreach.


    Kathleen Alexander, School Psychologist CSIU
    Bernadette Boerckel, COO, CSIU
    Rae Ann Crispell, CSIU Supplemental Educational Services Program Manager
    Danielle Empson, Director of School-based Behavioral Health, McDowell Inst.
    Randy Fox, Center for Safe Schools
    Jen Hain, Director of SUN Area Technical Institute
    Misty Harris, Educational Consultant, CSIU 
    Shelly Hosterman, Geisinger
    Alice Justice, School Counselor (retired), Consultant, CSIU
    Cathy Keegan, Superintendent, Milton
    Tim Knoster, Executive Director, McDowell Inst.
    John Kurelja, Asst. Exec. Dir., CSIU
    Anne Katona Linn, Educational and Systems Change Coach
    Terri Locke, Supervisor of Early Childhood Education, CSIU
    Adrienne Mael, C-M United Way
    Monika Parikh, Geisinger
    Carol Paxton, Center for the Promotion of Social Emotional Learning
    Emily Smith, Educational Consultant, CSIU 
    Joanne Troutman, GSV United Way
    Jennifer Williams, Director of Special Education and Early Childhood Services, CSIU
    Ellen Withrow, Grants, Research, & Development Coordinator, CSIU