Tagged With "Trauma-Sensitive"

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[Webinar] Using Trauma-informed care to identify and support at-risk students (4-part series: 4/10, 4/20, 4/23, and 5/8)

Julian Golder ·
Join Dr. Sampson-Jackson - a leader in Trauma-Informed Care - to learn how school leaders and support staff can proactively identify and support student needs.
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What's Missing ?

Daun Kauffman ·
What's Missing ?   "Education Reform" is primarily a systemic concept, oblivious to children, and treading on justice issues.   http:// lucidwitness.com/2014/09/25/wha ts-missing-3/  
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What's the Benefit of Attending the Conference for Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools?

Julie Beem ·
The 1st annual Conference for Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools drew over 500 education professionals to Washington DC. We're planning next year's conference now. Here are some insights from attendees on the conference. The call for workshop presentations for CTSS 2019 is currently OPEN. Learn more here . Sign up to get notification about registration...which is opening by August 1, 2018. Join us in DC in February 2019 for the comprehensive, international conference to create trauma-informed...
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When bad news gets to be too much

Leisa Irwin ·
By AJ Willingham, CNN Updated 12:56 PM ET, Wed July 20, 2016 (CNN) Maybe it happened after Orlando or San Bernardino or Dallas , or when attacks in France , Brussels , Iraq and other corners of the world came in such quick succession there was no time for one trauma to disperse among the Facebook mourners before the next took over. Maybe it was way earlier, after Sandy Hook or Charleston . Whenever it was, at some point, our usual post-tragedy routine of sadness and prayer hardened into...
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Why and How Teachers Can Become Better Prepared for Trauma in Schools

Karen Gross ·
Below is the text of an article appearing in Forest of the Rain Productions with a special thanks to Dr. Michael Robinson. Link to piece is: https://forestoftheraineducation.weebly.com/we-donrsquot-teach-educators-enough-about-trauma-we-should-do-more-karen-gross.html TEXT: Hardly a week goes by without some trauma in the US. Some events are nature made; some are human-made. There appear to be fewer and fewer “safe” places and spaces. The usually “safe” places – schools, universities,...
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Why Teach about Grief and Loss?

Natalia Garceau ·
For the Special Issues in Grieving and Loss class that I started last month, I was asked to write an informal paper and explain why I chose to enroll in this class, what outcomes I expected and what my goals were. Three years ago, I enrolled in the M.S. in Guidance and Counseling program at STU after one of my students attempted suicide, and nothing had been done by support staff or administration who had been informed of his intentions, to prevent it. I’ve been wanting to take the training...
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How Severe, Ongoing Stress can Affect a Child's Brain [Associated Press via kstp.com]

Laura Pinhey ·
A quiet, unsmiling little girl with big brown eyes crawls inside a carpeted cubicle, hugs a stuffed teddy bear tight, and turns her head away from the noisy classroom. The safe spaces, quiet times and breathing exercises for her and the other preschoolers at the Verner Center for Early Learning are designed to help kids cope with intense stress so they can learn. But experts hope there's an even bigger benefit — protecting young bodies and brains from stress so persistent that it becomes...
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[Indiana] Teachers’ group wants mandatory kindergarten, trauma-informed care [wishtv.com]

Laura Pinhey ·
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Indiana State Teachers Association published its 2018 legislative priority list Thursday, calling on lawmakers to make big changes for Hoosier students and schools next year. The ISTA has 16 wishes for the new year ranging from changing teacher qualifying exams to making kindergarten mandatory. “We are often accused of complaining about a lot of things but never offering solutions,” ISTA President Teresa Meredith said. “We have really been cognizant of solutions. We...
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[Indiana] Teachers, social workers address child trauma in schools [wishtv.com]

Laura Pinhey ·
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indiana teachers and mental health experts are advocating for communities to implement mental health programs emphasizing a method called “trauma-informed care” inside schools. “Trauma-informed care started from something called the ‘Adverse Childhood Experience Survey,’ and it shows that childhood experiences affect behavior,” said Stephanie Shene, communications coordinator for the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS). “Instead of ‘kids act badly,’ some...
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Is Your School Ready to be Trauma Informed and Trauma Sensitive?

Leisa Irwin ·
If you are like many teachers, social workers, or administrators in schools, you've been reading about the need for trauma informed care and trauma sensitive schools. Odds are you didn't need to read the research to know something that you were already seeing in your classrooms, school hallways, and community. Unfortunately reading about it, seeing the need, wanting to make changes, doesn't make the change happen. Five years ago, as the executive director of a school that needed to change, I...
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Job Posting: Assistant Director/Lead Coach Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative, Deadline to apply 4/13/17

The Assistant Director position is a two-year grant funded position, with the potential for extension, with Los Angeles Education Partnership. This project is designed to support and implement a trauma-informed school environment in selected K-12 schools both within and outside of California through a partnership with Kaiser Permanente. A central component of this project’s approach to a trauma-informed school environment is to embed practices at each school that prioritize the wellness of...
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Kaiser Thriving Schools Three Part Webinar Series focuses on Educator and Employee Wellness including a Trauma Informed Approach

Teachers and staff are the heart of a school – working together, we can create a healthy, thriving environment for school employees and students alike. In our new three-part webinar series you’ll learn how school employee wellness can be sustained, how to support school employees’ mental health and wellbeing, and how to work with unions representing school staff to promote wellness. This series builds on last year’s successful and informative school employee wellness webinar series that is...
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Klaras Center agreement to place trauma professionals at Waco ISD alternative campuses [wacotrib.com]

Leisa Irwin ·
A new one-year agreement between Waco Independent School District and the Klaras Center for Families - Heart of Texas Region MHMR will allow the school district to give more help to students who have experienced trauma than ever before. The $103,000 agreement approved by the district’s school board Sept. 29 will put a case worker and either a licensed professional counselor or a licensed clinical social worker on the Brazos High and Middle School Credit Recovery Center and the GL Wiley...
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Learn4Life Conducts Level 1 Trauma-Informed Training to “Train-the-Trainers”

Nevin Newell ·
Learn4Life is taking an organization-wide approach to educational service delivery grounded in understanding trauma, its consequences and promoting healing and resilience. To help staff better understand the approach, training was recently conducted for Learn4Life leaders including teachers, counselors, and administrative staff. The training is designed to increase understanding of proactive, practical, trauma-informed approaches to create cultures of inclusivity. The goal is the have all...
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Learn4Life Staff Learns De-Escalation Techniques

Nevin Newell ·
At a recent Professional Development (PD), staff and teachers at Learn4Life resource centers throughout the San Fernando Valley and Northern Los Angeles County, learned about de-escalation techniques. The PD provided the staff with resources designed to equip them to organize their thinking and calmly respond to and effectively de-escalate situations to avoid a potential crisis. The techniques they learned included: Defining the behavior and how to approach a situation QTIP! (Quit Taking It...
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Learn4Life students in San Diego Get a Lesson in Yoga

Nevin Newell ·
Since 2016, certified yoga teachers Josie Duraso (E-RYT 200) and Tara Booze (E-RYT 200) have been sharing the practice of yoga with students and staff at the Learn4Life Innovation High School resource centers in National City and Chula Vista. This year-round enrichment program provides a safe space for students to not only participate in the physical practice of yoga, but to explore meditation and mindfulness, self-regulation tools, and positive habit building. Students participating in this...
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LucidWitness: Increasing Public-Awareness of Developmental Trauma

Daun Kauffman ·
LucidWitness blogposts are designed for social media to help grow awareness of developmental trauma among your network(s).
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Echo Conference Spotlight: Attachment Trauma & Network Panel

Louise Godbold ·
Echo’s conference this year is jam packed with exciting workshops for teachers, parents and anyone who works with children and their families. In addition featuring to the landmark work of Ron Hertel and Mona Johnson in Washington State, we are proud to present: Attachment Trauma & Network Panel Workshop Spotlight: What Parents Wish Schools Knew About Our Traumatized Kids Are you struggling with a challenging child? Hearing the parents from Attachment Trauma Network ( ATN ) gives you a...
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Education Summit

Melissa Sadin ·
The Attachment & Trauma Network’s 2017 Educating Traumatized Children Summit will feature 18 audio interviews (available as mp3 recordings) exploring the Trauma-Sensitive Schools movement and the latest in understanding the impact of trauma on learning. Teachers, therapists, administrators and parents will all find this series helpful in working with children of trauma. Topics include:  Re-Thinking Children’s Behavior...the Seismic Shift 
  The Importance of Top Administrators’...
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Educational Trauma

Dr. Lee-Anne Gray ·
Greetings!   As a clinical and forensic psychologist and P16 educator, I am very concerned about the ACEs in education. I believe Educational Trauma is the "inadvertent perpetration and perpetuation of victimization by educational systems against...
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Embedding Trauma-informed Practices within Existing School-wide Practices

Jim Walters ·
https://medium.com/@drjimwalters/embedding-trauma-informed-practices-within-existing-school-wide-practices-a17a65256f36
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Failing Schools or Failing Paradigm ?

Daun Kauffman ·
 Yes, money matters in Education. Money is absolutely necessary,  but money is Not sufficient.   A key variable has been missing from the discussions about a new Education Paradigm: Childhood Trauma. Childhood trauma is broad in scope...
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For those that ordered... the trauma-informed curriculum for churches is headed out the door this week!

Chaplain Chris Haughee ·
It's been a labor of love more than a year in the making, and it is exciting to see the curriculum come together and head out to those that will give this first version a "test drive" this spring and (hopefully) give me some great feedback so I can make improvements over the summer and make the curriculum better! It is called "Bruised Reeds and Smoldering Wicks: a six week study of trauma-informed ministry and compassionate care for children from hard places and situations." The study is...
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Get Lit Program at Learn4Life Charter Schools Ignites Passion for Poetry while Mending Hearts and Souls

Nevin Newell ·
Learn4Life students in Fresno carry hardship and experience trauma, many of them without ever having the opportunity to process what they have been through, let alone heal. The Get Lit program focuses on taking those personal traumas and turning them into poetry, giving students a voice and the confidence to use it. The trauma that Learn4Life students have analyzed in the class include issues with disabilities, mental and physical illnesses, physical and mental abuse, drug and alcohol...
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Houston Schools Closed: What Happens When Schools Restart?

Karen Gross ·
Please plan now for when schools re-open in Houston and surrounding area. It is not enough to just open the doors again.
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Houston Teachers Drafted to Become Trauma Counselors [dailybeast.com]

Laura Pinhey ·
As Houston ’s school district of more than 200,000 students scrambles to repair damaged schools before classes begin next week, they must also plan for traumatized students to enter the classroom. The Houston Independent School District is in the process of working with counsellors, nurses and social workers to develop a “mental health recovery plan” for the district’s hardest hit schools, according to a statement from HISD. In the meantime, Mental Health America of Greater Houston and...
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How childhood stress can impact mental health in adulthood [adn.com]

Leisa Irwin ·
How childhood stress can impact mental health in adulthood by Jill Burke, Alaska Dispatch News Extreme stress and young brains are a bad combination, something that sets in motion feelings and behaviors that can haunt us long into adulthood. And just in time for the school year, a new study may help explain why. The Duke University study used neuro-imaging to look at the biological effect of childhood stress on the adult brain. It's important research, because it parallels existing knowledge...
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Poetry in Motion: Drama Lit Team Preps for Spring Slams By Elisa Knoell Learn4Life Student

Nevin Newell ·
Imagine the power of putting a handful of kids together in a class to tell their stories in their own words—and earn credits in the process. This school year, Learn4Life’s Innovation High School (IHS) San Diego – Lakeside is offering a spoken word poetry course titled “Dramatic Literature”. The course engages youth in classic works of literature and empowers teens to take charge of their own futures and unearth their potential. Annabelle Reyes, a Drama Lit student, told how beneficial the...
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Privileged Thinking in Education Course Offered for Staff at Learn4Life

Nevin Newell ·
Teachers and staff at several northern Los Angeles County Learn4Life Resource Centers recently completed a Professional Development (PD) titled “Privileged Thinking in Education”. At this PD, staff learned that privileged thinking is defined as an imbalance of power, experience, and access to resources that influence our opinions on the actions of others. They also watched an eye-opening video , which showed how much privilege some have, without even realizing it. The staff also analyzed how...
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Reframing Undesired Behaviors as an Aspect of Learning, not Punishment

Nevin Newell ·
At the Chula Vista, National City, and Linda Vista resource centers of Learn4Life Innovation High School San Diego, only four students were suspended during the 2016-17 school year – less than 1 percent of the student population of more than 500 students. For the leadership team and staff at Innovation High School this rate was still too high. The team and staff embraced further training on restorative practices, positive behavior supports and interventions in order to better support student...
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Resilience registration is now open!

Rebecca Lewis-Pankratz ·
This conference is designed to bring educators, students, parents, pastors, community members, health departments, corrections and any other professions that deal with human capital, to the table of solutions and collaboration. This is Jim Sporleder's first national conference. Jim is the author of Implementing a Trauma-Informed School and the Principal of Lincoln High School in the award winning documentary Paper Tigers. resilience.essdack.org Here's the link to register:...
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Rural Oregon County Integrates ACEs Screening in School-Based Trauma-Informed Health Centers

Sylvia Paull ·
For the last two years, nearly all students referred for mental health services in seven school-based health centers in Deschutes County, OR, have taken the 10-question adverse childhood experiences (ACE) survey. It didn’t take long to realize why this was good idea. “The average ACE score for a student being seen by a Deschutes County clinician was 5 out of 10,” says Elizabeth Fitzgerald, supervisor of school-based health centers at Deschutes County Health Services.
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RYSE gathering: To promote healing from trauma, institutions need to stop seeing youth as the problem

A young man told clinical therapist Marissa Snoddy recently that when she calls him a leader, she got it all wrong. “He said, ‘I just came from Juvenile Hall,’ I’m not a leader.” But, she said, “We just kept giving him love. And we said, ‘You’re courageous for showing up and being here,’” The very fact that he was there, she explained, showed he was a leader. Snoddy related the anecdote recently for 80 people attending the Trauma and Learning Series launch led by Rising Youth for Social...
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School counselors take on at-home trauma in the classroom

Alyson Ferguson ·
Cristo Rey faculty get one full day a week to collaborate and strategize about how to meet the specific needs of individual students. (Bas Slabbers/for WHYY) By Kevin McCorry School counselor Pam Turner-Bunyon had been warned: This new, incoming student had a dark profile and was prone to very erratic behavior. "When he first came to us, he ran out of the building, the first day — the very first day — instead of coming in, he ran," she said. Turner-Bunyon learned what happened and...
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Sesame Street's Traumatic Experiences Website / First 5 CA Care, Cope Connect Resource

Alicia Doktor ·
Thanks to Alejandra Labrado from First 5 Sacramento for providing the links to these resources! Sesame Street's Traumatic Experiences: https://sesamestreetincommunities.org/topics/traumatic-experiences/ When a child endures a traumatic experience, the whole family feels the impact. But adults hold the power to help lessen its effects. Several factors can change the course of kids’ lives: feeling seen and heard by a caring adult, being patiently taught coping strategies and...
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Re: Do Children have a Right to be Safe ?

Leslie Lieberman ·
Dear Dawn, Thank you for this thoughtful, comprehensive and amazing compilation of information about safety. You have done a masterful job of uncovering how our various systems define safety and make excellent suggestions. You are to be commended! I do agree with your point that it is critical to keep the child at the center of our understanding of safety - however, I also think it's important to acknowledge that environmental safety (such as creating safe buildings and developing safe...
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Re: Do Children have a Right to be Safe ?

Daun Kauffman ·
Leslie Thank you for your many kind words ! Daun
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Re: Trauma Informed Schools: Part 2, Creating Trauma Informed Classrooms

Jim Sporleder ·
If not us educators to be that caring adult in that child or teenager's life...then who will fill that role? A school that will implement these trauma informed practices creates safety and consistent predictable outcomes. Another excellent article and example for us to understand we must circle around the students... not work from silos that cause confusion.
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Re: Buddy bench a big hit at Saskatoon's Willowgrove School

Deborah Bock ·
Thank you for the post about the Buddy Bench! It's such a simple intervention that has a powerful impact! And it's just the type of thing that a PTA would be delighted to fund. I am going to do my best to promote the idea in the Anchorage School District and beyond. Deborah Bock Anchorage, Alaska
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Re: Buddy bench a big hit at Saskatoon's Willowgrove School

Deborah Bock ·
When I Googled “Buddy Bench” I found a lot of information --- Second-Grader's Cure For Playground Loneliness: A Buddy Bench http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...bench_n_4378248.html Buddy Bench Creates a Safe Spot for Shy Classmates to Find Friends http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...e132e4b079b28189dcd2 WANTED: Playground Buddy http://www.tolerance.org/magaz...ted-playground-buddy Buddy Benches can be made by placing a sign on an existing bench. They are also available commercially from School...
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Re: Nowhere to Hide the Elephant in the [Class]room

Melissa Sadin ·
This is awesome information, Daun!! I especially like the part where you explain why teachers cannot become trauma-informed on their own. I'm reposting for ATN. Melissa
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Re: Nowhere to Hide the Elephant in the [Class]room

Daun Kauffman ·
Thank you so much Melissa !
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Re: Nowhere to Hide the Elephant in the [Class]room

Vincent J. Felitti, MD ·
Congratulations on an impressively well-organized and comprehensive presentation of a large mass of useful information! This might make a good DVD for widespread distribution.
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Re: Nowhere to Hide the Elephant in the [Class]room

Jim Sporleder ·
Outstanding article Daun, and great timing with school around the corner.
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Re: Nowhere to Hide the Elephant in the [Class]room

Daun Kauffman ·
Dr. Felitti, Thank you so much for your kind words and your suggestion. I am very honored and the DVD idea is quite intriguing! Daun Kauffman
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Re: Nowhere to Hide the Elephant in the [Class]room

Daun Kauffman ·
Thanks so much Jim! I appreciate all your support. Take care of those beautiful grandchildren :-)
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Re: How childhood stress can impact mental health in adulthood [adn.com]

Jennifer Fraser ·
This is an important article and the research is vital. Several things worry me however. I think we must stop using terms like "stress" when children are exposed to abusive adult acts: neglect, addiction etc. Stress is inaccurate in these circumstances and lets adults off the hook for their failure to properly care for children. Another thing that worries me: there is talk of "home" and "neighbourhood" which are important, but a child spends more time at school than in either. There is a...
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Re: Webinar- Trauma-Informed Instruction: The new foundation for a positive school climate

Leslie Hall ·
Will this Webinar be archived for those of us who cannot attend?
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Re: Webinar- Trauma-Informed Instruction: The new foundation for a positive school climate

The webinar was hosted by BloomBoard, I know they will send out a link to all who registered. I would bet if you didn't register but emailed them at info@bloomboard.com they might add you to the distribution list.
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Re: An Important Event for Anyone in Higher Education in the Philadelphia Region

robert hull ·
Interesting we have been teaching two graduate level classes for teachers on trauma informed care for several years. As well as a ceu class for teacher recertification. We use our text Supporting and educating traumatized students, Oxford university press. we have also been offering this class to all of the teachers working in the juvenile justice in the state of Ohio. we would be more than glad to share syllabi or other resources if there is an interest
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