James Madison University

Counseling Faculty Distribute Public Education Materials Following Sandy Hook Shootings

PHOTO: Anne Stewart and Lennie Echterling

When Dr. Anne Stewart and Dr. Lennie Echterling heard the horrifying news of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, they electronically distributed resilience-based public education materials to thousands of counselors, therapists, educators, and concerned citizens.  They encouraged recipients to use the information, which is not copyrighted, to create handouts, newsletters, and websites with their own logos and organization names.

Earlier materials on mass violence have focused on vulnerabilities, impairment, regression, and heightened risk for PTSD. Although the discussed stress reactions, Drs. Stewart and Echterling highlighted resilience in the three handouts below designed for the general public, educators, and parents.