Dr. Shane Jimerson from the Gevirtz School at UC Santa Barbara is consulting and collaborating with colleagues and leaders in Japan in an effort to provide resources, information, and training to help children and families impacted by the recent earthquake and tsunami. Jimerson is communicating with leaders of the Japan Association of School Psychology, and colleagues at Tsukuba University and Hosei University to support their efforts. UC Santa Barbara School Psychology doctoral student Elina Saeki is also actively involved providing translation of important professional resources to be used by school psychologists in Japan.
At the end of March, Jimerson and the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology will host Professor Yayoi Watanabe from Hosei University in Japan, for twelve months. Jimerson and Watanabe will continue to collaborate with colleagues and professionals in Japan to support children and families over the upcoming months, and also engage in related scholarship to promote healthy development of children.
Dr. Jimerson comments, “Following the tragic situation that has impacted thousands of children and families in Japan, it is essential that mental health professionals provide leadership and engage in immediate and ongoing efforts to support and facilitate healthy coping among youths and adults.”
Jimerson is a Professor in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School. Dr. Jimerson continues to engage in leadership activities at the state, national, and international levels he has ongoing scholarship and professional service related to helping children following crises, and is a co-author of School Crisis Prevention and Intervention: The PREPaRE Model (2009, National Association of School Psychologists), a co-author of a five-book grief support group curriculum series The Mourning Child Grief Support Group Curriculum (2001, Taylor and Francis), a co-author of Identifying, Assessing, and Treating PTSD at School (2008, Springer Science), and co-editor of Best Practices in School Crisis Prevention and Intervention (2002, National Association of School Psychologists).
[Shane Jimerson is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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