Understanding Trauma and Trauma Sensitive Schools

Understanding Trauma and Trauma Sensitive Schools

This training is designed to help people working within school systems to understand the prevalence and impact of traumatic events, and looks at why a focus on trauma is important. It discusses the idea of trauma-informed care and what it means to be a trauma-sensitive or safe and supportive school, how this differs from and overlaps with trauma treatment, as well as what school personnel can do to ensure their practices/policies are more trauma-informed. The concepts of safety, predictability, and control are explored, and strategies to help establish them in school settings are highlighted. Particular attention is paid to self- and co-regulation, affect management, and self-care skills both for students and school personnel.


Audience: Mental health professionals, guidance counselors, school administrators, and school personnel.

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