Safe Place: Trauma-Sensitive Practice for Health Centers Serving Students

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The Safe Place resource kit encompasses a broad range of material introducing and endorsing trauma-sensitive practice with an emphasis on sexual assault trauma. Designed specifically for health center staff who serve as primary care providers to students in higher education, the kit will support health center staff at all levels to:
  • Understand the likelihood that they serve higher education student patients and even work with colleagues affected by trauma.
  • Infuse trauma-sensitive approaches into their daily routine.
  • Create a care environment that supports higher education students affected by trauma.

Safe Place is one in a diverse collection of tools commissioned by the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. These tools are designed to supplement higher education efforts to develop campus-wide plans addressing sexual assault at their institutions.




  1. Implementation guide (PDF)

Managers, team members

The step-by-step guide prepares and leads managers through the adaptation and implementation processes.

  1. Basic training in trauma and trauma-sensitive care*

All staff: managers, reception staff, clinicians, office personnel (including volunteers)

Three brief e-learning units with checklists and handouts that (1) provide an overview of trauma and its effects; (2) introduce trauma-sensitive primary care, including staff care; and (3) explain trauma-sensitive conduct, including self-care.


  1. Planning and Policy Guide (PDF)


The guide prepares administrators to embark on comprehensive assessment, adaptation, planning, and implementation processes that will integrate and sustain trauma-sensitive practices at the health center.

  1. Training in trauma-sensitive encounters (video file)** 
    508 Script (PDF)

Clinical staff

The e-learning unit addresses the clinical encounter and covers the neurobiology of trauma, patient interactions, and effective trauma-sensitive practices.

Handouts and checklists

All staff

Handouts address specific issues encountered by students and staff. Worksheets allow staff to examine the campus health center facilities and staff conduct for trauma sensitivity.


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The contents of the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments Web site were assembled under contracts from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Supportive Schools to the American Institutes for Research (AIR), Contract Number  91990021A0020.

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