Schools play a significant role in supporting the health and well-being of children and youth, including those affected by traumatic experiences. In a trauma-sensitive school, all aspects of the educational environment—from workforce training to engagement with students and families to procedures and policies—are grounded in an understanding of trauma and its impact and are designed to promote resilience for all.
The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments has released a new training package focused on Trauma-Sensitive Schools. This training package is designed for school and district administrators and other school staff helping to lead efforts to adopt a trauma-sensitive approach.
Resources are designed to help leaders:
— Prepare to adopt a trauma-sensitive approach;
— Envision their trauma-sensitive school;
— Align trauma sensitivity with other approaches; and
— Sustain trauma sensitivity.
Resources include an online module and companion action guide for leaders, along with a facilitation guide that includes suggestions for how to conduct in-person training with leaders using these materials.