USD’s Disaster Mental Health Institute responds to Red Lake School shootings

USD's Disaster Mental Health Institute responds to Red Lake School shootings The University of South Dakota Disaster Mental Health Institute (DMHI) response team was activated Friday, March 25 by the American Red Cross for the Red Lake school shootings at the request of the tribal authorities.

The team's leader, Dr. Beth Boyd, has done training on that reservation several times, including a workshop two years ago to prepare for a school shooting incident.

"I think the selection of the USD team to provide support on the reservation is an indication of respect by the tribal, state, and federal government authorities for the work Dr. Boyd had done with the tribe in advance of any crisis to help the community be prepared. It is also recognition of the cross-cultural skills our faculty and students bring to the table," said Dr. Gerard A. Jacobs, professor and director of the Disaster Mental Health Institute.

The team will provide psychological support for the needs of the community including, but not limited to, education about the grieving process, problem solving, and crisis intervention. Overall, the team will respond to the unique needs of people seeking support.

Other team members include Dr. Randy Quevillon, a community interventions and rural specialist and psychology department chair; Trish Miller, a DMHI Morgan Fellow who is finishing her coursework in the doctoral program this semester; Dr. Sean Stephens, a USD graduate currently employed on a reservation working in a youth treatment facility; and Lisa Bye, who is an academic advisor/instructor in the USD Academic Advising & Testing office and former DMHI employee and former school counselor.�

Boyd, Quevillon, Stephens, and Bye were members of the DMHI's team that was activated for the World Trade Center attacks in September 2001.

For more information, visit the DMHI's Web site at www.usd.edu/dmhi or contact Dr. Jacobs at 1-800-522-9684 or jjacobs@usd.edu.

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