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We’re glad you’re here! Below you’ll find some free and discounted resources to help make the OSCA school counselor’s job just a little bit easier.

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Enjoy these additions to your tool belt as you move forward in life. From discounts on our counselor program to free access to suicide prevention tools, videos on how to talk about suicide with kids to useful resources like on how to read a death announcement, we’ve got you covered. OSCA sure was worth your time!

Crisis Management Institute’s Prevention Program


5 Radical Minutes is an online, research-based curriculum that uses a systematic, strategic approach to engage all individuals in the school, from students to school leadership.

When used every year over the K-12 lifetime, each student receives 2,340 lessons, totaling 11,700 minutes (195 hours) of social emotional learning (SEL).

5 Radical Minutes is authored by Cheri Lovre, a Behavioral Specialist with 40+ years of experience in school crisis response. (Her full bio can be read here.) This trauma-informed approach further enriches this daily 5-minute program.


  • Cheri Lovre’s 5 Radical Minutes curriculum addresses our world's need to engage in productive dialogue head on. This solution to affecting change is packaged in an easy to follow curriculum that takes just 5 minutes daily. Cheri is just the credible source to provide us with this pro-active approach to improving relationships, and therefore improving our schools and society.

    Dr. Becky J. Berg, Ed.D Marysville School District Superintendent, Marysville Washington
  • I witnessed Cheri Lovre’s intervention in a school community torn by racial divide. Guided by her expertise, the community was brought together – parents, students and school personnel. Cheri Lovre fostered deep and meaningful discussion between all parties, some of whom, just hours prior, had refused to share the same room. Her skill facilitated expressions of deeper understanding, compassion, even forgiveness in the community. Her guidance led to a palpable change in school climate, exactly the prescription so needed to help students and parents experience school as a safe place of learning and human growth. I couldn’t recommend her work more highly.    

    Linda Shoemaker School Counselor, Lancaster County PA
  • Cheri Lovre is the embodiment of what she teaches. As a master communicator, with skill and compassion, she can help transform a school. During 9/11, 2001, I was Director of Pupil Personnel Services in the NYC school district, surrounding the World Trade Center. The advice, warmth and wisdom Cheri offered, while essential during crisis is needed everyday, in every school, facing the challenges and stressors of daily lives.

    Marjorie Robbins Pupil Personnel Services Director for NYCBOE, District Two, Lower Manhattan
  • 5 Radical Minutes is the foundation of our classroom interactions and relationships. It's helped students immediately feel more comfortable talking with each other and sharing ideas without fear or judgement. We've been able to discuss issues we don't normally get to explore. The connections that they've made with each other at the start of each class has helped with group projects, conflict resolution, and overall acceptance of each other. My students love the program!

    Sondra Belfrey Central Valley School District Elementary Teacher, Washington
  • Using the 5 Radical Minutes program with my freshmen gave me a chance to include all students in the classroom activities. Students had a chance to interact with each other on a daily basis. Pairing students together allowed them to interact with students they might normally not interact with. It brought a level of comfort to the classroom that allowed all students to contribute to the classroom activities. The various topics of discussion kept the conversation fresh and allowed the students to add their own unique personality to the classroom.

    Patrick Murphy Black Horse Pike School District Mathematics Teacher, New Jersey

Resources for
Suicide Prevention

It takes every single one of us to make a difference in the lives of our children. These tools provide means for you to educate teachers, parents, and community members and to work with students more effectively on suicide prevention.

The Thought Process that Leads to Suicide

This web page walks through the stairsteps of passing thoughts of suicide, to rehearsal of a plan, and the implementation of that plan.

Suicide Warning Signs, Myths and Truths

Learn the warning signs, myths and truths about suicide. This PDF is suitable to share with staff, students, parents, and community members.

Online Personal Development Courses

Crisis Management Institute offers many courses that count for professional development credit. Our favorites are listed below.


Facilitating Grief Groups

There may be no better use for an hour a week of a counselor’s time than to provide a grief group for students.  This one-hour course provides a format and activities for a 10-week series of 45-minute groups. 1 hour PD Credit

Suicide: Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention

Many youth suicides are preventable as long as the adults around them have the training and knowledge to recognize the signs, intervene in an effective manner. 2-3 hour PD Credit

Self-Injury: Helping Students Find New Ways to Cope

This course focuses on the root cause of self-injury talking and helping students find other ways to deal with their emotions without engaging in self-harm. 2 hour PD Credit

Check Out Our Parent Program

A supporting parent program is available to teach parents how to listen to their children, how to provide a safe space for their children to speak their truths. This positive reinforcement at home will only enhance outcomes at school and increase resilience in school youth.

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