Trauma-Sensitive Schools

Video: Why We Need Trauma-Sensitive Schools

Values for a Trauma-Informed Care Culture in Your Classroom and School, ACES in Education, August 2017

Professional Development Resources

Wisconsin Schools Mental Health Initiative – Online Modules

Book Studies

Videos and Films

Learning Forward.  Standards for Professional Learning.  Oxford, OH:  Learning Forward, 2011.

Standards for Professional Learning.  Retrieved at  5/29/2018

Establish Time for Learning:  Finding Time to Collaborate Takes Creativity and Commitment.  JSD The Learning Forward Journal.  June, 2016. Vol. 37. No 3.  p. 26-31.  Retrieved 5/29/2018

NASP Research Summaries.  Trauma-Sensitive Schools:  Supportive Policies and Practices for Learning. NASP Research Summaries.  Retrieved from 5/30/2018

National Resources

      • National Child Traumatic Stress Network
        • This is a federally funded network of independent grantees that serves as a resource on child traumatic stress for professionals and the public. Resources are provided in the areas of mental health, child welfare, and other fields concerned with children and trauma including information on types of trauma, facts and figures about child traumatic stress and trauma-informed and culturally-competent child-serving systems. Other resources include live and archived training, fact sheets on child traumatic stress and numerous products addressing all areas of trauma and its impact on children.
      • National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC)
        • This organization provides training courses, materials, and conferences to therapists and other professionals. They train and equip professionals and caregivers with the right tools to help guide children, adults, families, and communities through the devastating effects of trauma. This program draws on the Circle of Courage model of positive youth development based on the universal principle that to be emotionally healthy all youth need to experience belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity.
        • TLC provides resources including books and interventions, courses and certification, and training for organizations including schools and agencies.

State Resources and Examples

  • California
  • Massachusetts
    • Massachusetts Advocates for Children and Harvard Law School. Helping Traumatized Children Learn: Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative (TLPI)
      • The organization’s mission is to ensure that children traumatized by exposure to family violence and other adverse childhood experiences succeed in school. The resources and support they provide focuses on advocacy strategies including: providing support to schools to become trauma-sensitive environments, research and report writing, legislative and administrative advocacy for laws, regulations, and policies that support schools to develop trauma-sensitive environments, coalition building, outreach and education, and limited with his or her disabilities.
      • Be sure to check out: Helping Traumatized Children Learn Volumes I: A report and policy agenda and Volume II: Creating and Advocating for Trauma-Sensitive Schools
    • Washington
    • Wisconsin
      • Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Mental Health and Trauma
        • The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction site includes a variety of resources to assist schools and districts through the process of creating trauma-sensitive schools. Content, readings, and implementation tools organized into 14 modules related to universal implementation of trauma-sensitive schools are accessed by clicking on the Learning Modules link. These are free resources for schools to use in their professional development of all staff. These resources are organized into the following categories:
          • e-resources
          • strategies
          • incorporating trauma-sensitive practices
          • informational websites
          • checklists
          • trauma and PBIS
          • professional development
          • presentation materials
          • Adverse Childhood Experiences
          • Learning Modules
          • Evaluation
          • Resiliency

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