Introduction to SSET
Lisa Jaycox (bio) provides a brief description of the Support for Students Exposed to Trauma (SSET) program.
We developed Support for Students Exposed to Trauma, or the SSET program, for students in middle school who are exposed to some sort of traumatic event and have symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. It's developed for use by school personnel: teachers and school counselors. So it's ready to use and it's designed in lesson plan format, so it's familiar to the kinds of group sessions that teachers are used to leading.
The manual has everything in it — it has the worksheets and handouts and everything ready to go so you can pull it off the shelf and use it. It has scripts that you could use to convey ideas to the students or not and exercises for the students all built into it.
So this is ideal for schools that are working with either students who are exposed on a daily basis to community violence or violence at home or for schools who've had some kind of traumatic event happen in their community.
It's not for use right away but rather for months afterward when you have a subset of students who are still struggling to recover. And it's great for schools that don't have other mental health resources available because it can be delivered in the classroom by regular school personnel.
Excerpted from an interview at SSET Training 2013 in Los Angeles, CA.