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Each year students and educators in Great Prairie AEA are impacted by incidents involving traumatic stress. These situations can result in disruption of the normal learning experience for students, as well as relationship problems, anxiety, and depression.  The Crisis Response Team consists of consultants, school psychologists and social workers who have received specialized training in critical incident stress management and grief recovery.


The goals and outcomes of interventions include reducing stress, preventing matters from intensifying, facilitating a return to a more normal routine, and providing access to a more intensive level of care if needed. Services include:

  • pre-incident traumatic stress education
  • on-scene support
  • individual and small group counseling
  • debriefings
  • family support services
  • classroom presentations
  • referral to community resources
  • follow-up services


Region 1 - Alan Schwarte
Regional Director 
800-622-0027 Ext. 5801 Harold L. Mick Office (Albia) 

Region 2 - MIchelle Deshler
Regional Director 
800-622-0027 Ext. 5426 Ottumwa Office 

Region 3 - Jamie Cranston
Regional Director
800-622-0027 Ext. 5324 Ottumwa Office 

Region 4 - Jim Cope
Regional Director
800-622-0027 Ext. 5396 Fairfield Office 

Region 5 - Kim Kirchner
Regional Director 
800-382-8970 Ext. 2115 Burlington Office

Region 6 - Shawn Stringer
Regional Director 
800-382-8970 Ext. 1103 Burlington Office 

Region 7 - Michelle Harris
Regional Director 
800-382-8970 Ext. 3011 Burlington Office

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