Trauma-Sensitive Schools

Event Date: 
May 25, 2016 - 03:30pm EDT to May 26, 2016 - 05:00pm EDT

On behalf of the U.S. Department of Education (ED)/Office of Safe and Healthy Students, the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) is pleased to present the fourth Online Learning Event (OLE) in the 2016 Federal Grantee Training Series, in which Kathleen Guarino (Senior Technical Assistance Specialist, National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE)) and a small ED grantee panel will be building off of previous P2 and ESSC presentations to discuss strategies for integrating trauma informed care into the work of their grants.

During this OLE, Project Prevent and Elementary and Secondary School Counseling grantees strengthened their understanding of:

  • key components of trauma-sensitive schools,
  • process for adopting a trauma-sensitive approach,
  • trauma-informed practices that can be integrated school-wide, and
  • a new online trauma resource to support grantee efforts in this area.

The speakers provided practical guidance, examples, and resources that can be applied regardless of their current stage in integrating trauma informed practice. The event included a mix of presenters including a technical assistance specialist and current practitioners; opportunities for discussion with presenters and peers; and activities to explore practical application of what is presented and discussed.

About the Speaker

Kathleen Guarino: Ms. Guarino, Senior TA Consultant at American Institutes for Research, serves as trauma expert for the Department of Education’s National Center for Safe and Supportive Learning Environments, and has over 15 years of experience working to address the prevalence and impact of trauma on children and adults and supporting a system-wide approach to trauma intervention. Additionally, Ms. Guarino is a licensed mental health clinician with experience providing therapeutic services to children and families in residential and outpatient settings.