A tiered approach, that’s rooted in a culture of collaboration and safety, is the best way to make sure that all staff, students, and families are included in a trauma-informed approach.
"Even if an adverse event doesn’t result in the clinical symptoms of trauma, it can still have a profoundly negative impact on all spheres of a child’s development: physically, cognitively, behaviorally, socially, and emotionally. A trauma-informed environment accounts for the potential of harm and embeds supportive elements for prevention and early intervention.”
Encourage attention and awareness
Regulate emotions and re-set
Build self-care and compassion
Understand and apply the mind/body connection
Support active lifestyles
Empower healthy choices and habits
Foster self-efficacy and trust in others
Encourage community care and connection
Integrate the biology of learning and behavior
Manage the stress response
Facilitate developmental discipline for young people
Comprehensive Best Practice Courses - All Staff in Schools
For ALL in School/Support Settings (1.5 - 3 hours each)
Introduction to Complex Trauma: What is complex trauma? How does it happen? How does it affect children and youth? What can we do to help? *
Mindfulness, Part 1: The concepts and practices of mindfulness have proven to support those in education and beyond. Learn for yourself.
Complex Trauma, Part 1: Understand how our relationships with children affect their neurobiology. Learn ways to build connections that work with their nervous systems to promote well-being. *
For ALL Teachers and Para-Professionals (3 hours each)
Trauma in the Classroom: We all know that trauma is in the room. How can we use a trauma-informed lens to see it and then skillfully address it? *
For ALL Para-Professionals and Staff (2 - 3 hours each)
Trauma and Sensory Processing: Learn how the impact of trauma affects a young person's ability to take in and process sensations. Explore proven ways to support healthy sensory processing. *
For ANY by Choice (1.5 – 3 hours each)
Complex Trauma, Part 2: Learn why it is so hard for children with trauma histories to learn and manage their emotions & behaviors. Develop a toolbox of strategies to support these developmental skills. *
Mindfulness, Part 2: Explore how mindfulness can look and feel in classrooms and other supportive settings. Test-drive practices and tools that can fit diverse needs and teaching/learning styles.
For Sustainable Support (1 – 1.5 hours each, *recommended to follow Trauma Courses above)
Interactive Workshop Circles: These customized trainings and collaborative circles provide advanced skill-building and support for providers who serve children and youth.