I'm a psychologist working with a team of educators (in a large Canadian public school system with 250+ schools) tasked with integrating trauma-informed practice into school communities. Over the last ten years, we have taken various approaches to the work and we are currently working with 25 high schools in a Learning Collaborative. In creating the Collaborative, we borrowed from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network's Learning Collaborative Toolkit. We successfully completed year one and we are in the process structuring year two based on lessons learned and feedback from participants/schools.
Schools and School Districts are constantly being asked to do more with less. This means we need innovative approaches to addressing the various barriers that exist when tackling complex issues related to supporting staff and students while staying in our wheel house of teaching and learning. As such we are always open to exploring new approaches as this work requires out-of-the box thinking and innovation. To that end, we have engaged community partners and consultants as Faculty who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Collaborative Together we are working to translate theory into practice.
You can find the NCTSN's Learning Collaborative Toolkit online and if you'd like to learn more about about our work, I'd be happy to connect with you directly.
Margaret Casey, R.Psych.