DRAFT Trauma Informed Care Modules 1 & 2 for ED Review

This page is designed for the U.S. Department of Education to access drafts of the Trauma Informed Care Online Modules 1 & 2 NCSSLE has developed. We hope this will make it easier for ED to review the drafts and that additional context provided below will make clear the goals and intentions of the module series. We are excited about these modules and look forward to your valuable feedback and insight!

These modules were created with two key goals in mind:

  1. Project Prevent Goal: Increase capacity to identify, assess and serve students exposed to pervasive violence.
  2. TTA Goal: To provide Project Prevent grantees with resources to support a school-wide approach to addressing and mitigating the impact of trauma on students and staff.

About the Trauma-Sensitive Schools Training Series

Implementing a universal response to trauma can be viewed as a series of phases, each building toward school-wide adoption of trauma-informed practices. This training series includes three self-directed, online modules and corresponding resources to support schools in beginning to adopt this universal approach. Schools may be at varied levels of readiness to engage in different steps of this process, thus, this resource package includes information and tools that can be used in different ways depending on the unique needs of each site. 

Using the Modules 

  • Participant Summary and Activity Packets are being created to supplement each module unit to support administrators, teachers, and support staff to adopt trauma-informed practices. These are forthcoming.

  • Modules may be viewed individually or by groups in whatever way is best for a particular school and can be used for the purposes of initial training, new hire training, or refresher training. 

Module 1: Understanding Trauma and Its Impact

Trauma Informed Care Module 1 for ED review

This module describes the brain/body response to traumatic stress; the ways that traumatic experiences impact child development, attachment, self-regulation, behavior, and learning; and risk and protective factors related to outcomes for children. This unit also addresses the impact that working with traumatized children and families has on educators. 

Audience: Applicable to all staff and may be used to ensure that everyone in a school or district receives the same core training on trauma-related concepts


Module 2: Trauma-Sensitive Schools: What, Why & How?

Trauma Informed Care Module 2 for ED review

This module explores what it means to be a trauma-sensitive school, core principles of a trauma-sensitive approach, and why this approach is helpful to students and staff. This unit offers concrete examples of what a trauma-sensitive school looks like using examples of how schools across the country have adopted this approach. 

Audience: Applicable to all staff and may be used to ensure that everyone in a school or district receives the same core training on trauma-related concepts

*Module 3 is not available for release yet. However we are providing a description of it so you can see how all three modules work together.*

Module 3: Building Trauma-Informed Schools: Next Steps for Leadership

This module is currently in development.  One it is ready for review, we will add a link here for you to access it.

This module provides leadership with concrete next steps to begin an intentional process of adopting an organization-wide response to trauma. Guidelines for change include training staff, establishing a working group, assessing readiness, aligning with other initiatives, identifying areas for change, and goal setting. 

Audience: For leaders who are invested in championing this process at a school or district-level and includes steps that leadership can take to begin this process, including ideas for how to use Modules One and Two with their school staff