Koontz: Teacher, student relationships key to overcoming trauma [salisburypost.com]


SALISBURY — Sometimes, all it takes to change a child’s life is a relationship. Over the past year, Koontz Elementary School has been building a trauma-focused and resiliency program to help students who have experienced extreme difficulty in life.

One piece of that is a partnership with the Public School Forum of N.C., which is helping the school come up with strategies to combat adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs. The other is a new partnership with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s graduate play therapy program.

Over the next three years, graduate and doctoral students from UNC-Charlotte will work to train teachers to create solid relationships with their students in a way that helps build resiliency and decrease teacher stress.

[For more on this story by Rebecca Rider, go to https://www.salisburypost.com/...o-overcoming-trauma/]

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