Crisis Services

Crisis Services at the Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas have been made possible by Valero Energy Foundation.

The death of a loved one is a devastating experience, and children and teens can experience serious physical, social, and emotional trauma as a result. While many professionals who work with children are equipped to handle the logistical aspects of a crisis, the behavioral & emotional changes in a grieving child can put teachers, school counselors, case workers and others at a loss for words and actions. We recognize that schools and other organizations play an important role in helping kids grow and learn, and the loss of a loved one or a tragedy in the community can affect a child’s health, performance in school and capacity to manage healthy relationships.

We are available to assist your staff in the event of a crisis including the sudden or anticipated death of a student, student’s family member or faculty member. Services offered include:

  • The Center’s staff will facilitate onsite debriefing sessions with staff to help staff cope and plan for crisis communication and assistance.
  • In certain situations, the Center’s staff will facilitate onsite crisis support related to grief.
  • Staff provides training for agencies that wish to facilitate their own crisis or bereavement support groups.
  • The Center’s staff provides crisis communication assistance, such as providing letters formatted to address loss and partnership with the CBCST.

Phone consultations are available for counselors, teachers, staff and parents.
Call our Programming Department at (210) 736-4847 to speak with one of our counselors.


The Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas will provide a full day training to key staff to include ways of communicating with students, parents and staff, how to answer difficult questions, handle confidentiality, etc. Each participant will be provided handouts and materials to use while creating or enhancing their own organization’s “Grief Crisis Plan.” Six continuing credit units will be provided to LPCs and LMSWs.

This training serves to help educators & other professionals within the school to better respond to students who have suffered the death loss of a teacher, fellow student, or family member to create a safe & healthy grieving environment.


  1. Participants will identify physiological, cognitive, behavioral, and emotional responses to death loss based on developmental age.
  2. Participants will learn tools and techniques to create a safe and healthy grieving environment in their schools for children and teens.
  3. Participants will be better equipped to respond to a death in their school community.
  4. Participants will learn how to develop or enhance a grief crisis response plan.

For more information please contact our Programming Department
at (210) 736-4847.