Response to Trauma

Trauma is a physiological and psychological response to any deeply upsetting or threatening situation. These situations can range from child abuse or neglect to ongoing adversity such as discrimination, bullying, marginalization, poverty, or community violence.

Students experiencing trauma are more likely to fall behind in class or get in trouble for behavior issues. Understanding trauma and its impact on teaching and learning can help you find strategies that can benefit your school environment.

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Online Seminars for CTLE

Transforming the Lives of Students with Trauma-Informed Schools (5 hours) - Designed for K-12 educators and school-related professionals, this 5-hour online seminar addresses how trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) impact students’ abilities to form trusting relationships, learn new concepts and self-regulate their behaviors in and out of school. The impact of early trauma on brain development and early attachment will be explored.

SRP Seminar: Bully, Bullied or Bystander (3 hours) - This seminar provides an overview of bullying and its impact on the school environment. It also includes responsibilities of ALL school staff in dealing with incidents of bullying.

SRP Seminar: Understanding Trauma and Supporting Traumatized Students (3 hours) - This seminar will engage participants in understanding the roots of trauma, its prevalence and causes, the characteristics and associated behaviors, as well as learning how to work with traumatized students in a proactive and positive way.

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Online and Remote Courses for Graduate Credit

Childhood Trauma and Classroom Resiliency (CURI 6532) - How does traumatic experiences impact a child? What can we do about it? Aversive Childhood Experiences (ACE) may cause a student to have academic problems, acting out behaviors, and poor relationships with classmates and school staff. The negative effects of ACEs lead to deficits in attention, learning and retrieval, language and communication skills, and memory recall, thus effecting students' academic performance and social skills. According to the Center for Disease Control, the number of ACEs one has experienced has a direct correlation to the education level one achieves. When teachers are trauma informed, learn effective responses to student trauma, and how to help foster and instill resiliency skills necessary to thrive in the classroom, children have better learning outcomes: building foundations for better health, success, and positive interactions-in school and in life.

VESi-Traumatized Child: The Effects of Stress, Trauma & Violence on Student Learning (EDV 505) - This course is designed to help classroom teachers, school counselors, and other educational personnel gain strategies to reach and teach students who have been affected by stress, trauma, and/or violence. Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of stress and trauma and explore how stress, violence, and trauma affect a student's learning, cognitive brain development, and social-emotional development. The short and long term consequences of being exposed to stress, trauma, or violence, as well as the social and family causes, will be reviewed. The dynamics of domestic violence and community violence are also discussed as well as the educator's role in the intervention and prevention of violence.

VESi-Violence in Schools: Identification, Prevention & Intervention Strategies (EDV 517) - Violence in the Schools is designed to give you a better understanding of school violence and increase your interventions strategies. The course provides a foundational understanding of violence and motivational purposes behind aggression. This course will help each person to increase his or her understanding of violence, the motivations behind the use of violence and specific strategies to minimize the occurrence of violence in a school and community. Graduate level reading, writing, and research are required.

VESi-Harassment, Bullying & Cyber-Intimidation in Schools (EDV 512) - Harassment, Bullying & Cyber-Intimidation in Schools will discuss definitions and the personal, social, and legal ramifications associated with sexual harassment, bullying, and cyber-intimidation. The course will address what we know about these troubling areas. We will then explore preventative strategies as well as how school staff can address these issues when they occur. A clear understanding of what constitutes harassment and the harmful effects of harassment on people and institutions is essential to providing a safe and inclusive school environment for all.

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In-Person and Virtual Synchronous Seminars

SRP and K-12 Practitioner: Historical Trauma: System of Oppression and its Impact on Youth - This seminar will identify the impact of oppression on young people and evaluate approaches to disrupt and dismantle systems of oppression that impact mental health, social skills, relationships, and success. (3 hours)

SRP and K-12 Practitioner: How Can We Help Our Youth After a Traumatic Event - Who needs more support? Which of our youth face the greatest risk mental illness? This seminar will help educators identify the risk factors for developing mental illness following a crisis event and how to investigate evidence-based practices for promoting student healing. (3 hours)

SRP: Proactively Confronting Trauma in the Classroom and Other Learning - Students are affected by their experiences and impacted by the situations and events that they witness. Exposure to trauma and traumatic events often create, social, emotional, behavioral problems that can hinder academic progress. This seminar will provide School-Related Professionals (SRPs) with an understanding of how trauma affects student and offer an opportunity to develop strategies to support and promote school wide success. (3 hours)

Supporting and Sustaining the Social-Emotional Needs of English Learners Who Experience Trauma - This seminar, designed for all educators who work with English language learners (ELLs), will address the multitude of trauma that many ELLs have experienced prior to and since their arrival to the US. Participants will leave this seminar with strategies to help students who have experienced trauma, tools to support ELLs’ social and emotional healing, growth and well-being, and ways to build trusting relationships with this fragile cohort. (3 hours and 6 hours)

SRP and K-12 Practitioner: Trauma and Resilience - This introductory seminar provides a forum for educators to discuss what we mean by ‘trauma’ and how toxic stress impact development and learning. This session will provide information to help educators learn how to boost students’ resilience. (3 hours)

SRP and Teachers: Trauma Awareness in Education: Supporting Resiliency and Preventing Conflict - This seminar will engage participants in understanding the roots of trauma, its prevalence and causes, the characteristics and associated behaviors, as well as learning how to work with traumatized students in a proactive and positive way. (3 hours)

SRP and K-12 Practitioner: What can I do? Helping students after a Traumatic Event - This seminar also encourages participants to share their expertise while learning additional evidence-based practices to enrich their toolbox about students dealing with trauma. (3 hours)

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