10-22-2013 Special School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #49


Title
National Organization of Victims Assistance (NOVA) Training

Discussion

The National Organization of Victims Assistance (NOVA) consultant will conduct a forty (40) hour course training to cover techniques and protocols for providing crisis intervention to traumatized individuals and groups within our school district. 

The 4 1/2 day training includes homework on the participants' own time.  Included in the cost are:  a workbook for each participant and a complimentary NOVA Crisis Response Refresher Training follow-up course.  Participants will be credentialed through NOVA.  The benefits for the district to obtain credentialed professionals are important for the following reasons:

  • Provides a common foundation and language for all responders
  • Provides consistent procedures
  • Promotes best practices in this area of psychological first aid
    Enhances recognition and credibility in our crisis response in schools
  • Facilitates continuing skill-building development and education
  • Reinforces a network of crisis responders which can provide mutual aid

Thirty-five (35) staff (Psychologists, Behavioral Analysts, Social Workers and other District personnel) will be trained at a cost of $89 per day, per participant, for a total of $400 per participant. 



Recommendation

Approve the consultant agreement between Brevard Public Schools and Cheryl Ricardi, Certified NOVA Trainer, for a 4 1/2 day training which will occur December 9, 10, 18, 19, 20, 2013.



Meeting Date(s)
Information - 10/22/2013
Consent after Information11/19/2013

Authority for Action
Board Policy - 6540

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
Yes

Source of Funding
Operating - Other

FY
Amount
Budgeted
Fund
Cost Center
Project
Function
Object
Program
13-14$14,000Yes10094850000596400312000

Contact

Beth G. Thedy, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent, Student Services, x270

Dr. Magali Zeiters, Coordinator, Psychological Services, 868-6670, x202

Paula Ferrell, Resource Teacher, Student Services, x321