With the increased awareness of the impact of trauma on people’s lives, school professionals are beginning to consider what this means in their specific settings. There is a growing evidence-base documenting the impact of child neglect and abuse (as well as other forms of trauma) on the health, mental health, and behavior of children and adults.
There is a growing realization that students across the nation are coming to school with histories of adversity and trauma that are impacting their school experience. Schools are recognizing the impact of trauma and beginning to adopt trauma-informed practices. When school systems approach students through a trauma lens, they are better equipped to provide the educational and social-emotional supports necessary to help students reach their potential. This webinar provides definitions for trauma informed, trauma responsive and trauma specific as well as practical suggestions for the classroom. In addition, the emphasis is on the importance of systems change in policies and practices. Becoming trauma informed is a key prevention strategy for increasing safety in our schools.
Participants will be able to:
- Define trauma informed, trauma responsive and trauma specific
- Understand the impact of adversity and trauma on children’s lives
- Anticipate children’s psychological and behavioral responses/reactions to trauma
- Describe the importance of systemic change in school settings