What is trauma support?

More than two thirds of children report at least one traumatic event by the time they are 16 years old. Potentially traumatic events include:

  • Psychological, physical, or sexual abuse
  • Community or school violence
  • Witnessing or experiencing domestic violence
  • National disasters or terrorism
  • Commercial sexual exploitation
  • Sudden or violent loss of a loved one
  • Military family-related stressors (e.g., deployment, parental loss or injury)
  • Physical or sexual assault
  • Neglect
  • Serious accidents or life-threatening illness

The impact of childhood trauma can extend beyond childhood and survivors may experience more lasting effects, such as learning problems, increased need for physical and mental health services, increased involvement with child welfare and juvenile systems, as well as increased vulnerability to substance abuse and long-term health problems. However, with trauma support in their schools and communities, children and young adults can successfully process and overcome these adverse events. The National Association of School Psychologists has pointed out that trauma-informed/trauma-sensitive schools are integrated with Restorative Practices and promote:

  • Feelings of physical, social, and emotional safety in students and staff
  • A shared understanding among staff about the impact of trauma and adversity on students
  • Positive and culturally responsive discipline policies and practices
  • Access to comprehensive school mental and behavioral health services
  • Effective community collaboration

Key Benefits

Creates a safer, more successful school and supports stronger communities.
Helps with significant improvement in student behavioral outcomes.
Provides safety for students and staff, where trustworthiness and transparency are valued.
Results in fewer suspensions and expulsions, thus increasing student attendance and academic achievement.
Provides and promotes peer and community support, including on-campus teaming.
Provides consideration, recognition, and provision for all cultural issues.
Facilitates collaboration, empowerment, voice, and choice for students, and the adult caregivers that support them.

How We Can Support

Our team has decades of experience providing trauma support and creating supportive and nurturing school environments.

Professional Learning and Curriculum

We teach administrators, counselors, therapists, and educators/ teachers about trauma, its impact on youth, and how they can help. We also offer an on-demand/virtual curriculum.

Consultation, Training, and Coaching

We provide strategies and coaching on how to create trauma-informed and trauma-sensitive school climates while integrating Restorative Practices.

*We customize all of our solutions for each district, school, etc. we work with. Please contact us for more information or assistance.

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