Understanding and Building Trauma-Sensitive Schools - Part 1: Understanding Why Schools are Addressing Trauma

Event Date: 
April 24, 2019 - 02:00pm to 03:30pm EDT

The majority of children and youth in the United States will be exposed to at least one potentially traumatic event before they graduate from high school.1 Exposure to violent trauma in childhood, such as abuse, assault, or family or community violence, is particularly common. Approximately 2 out of 3 children and youth ages 17 and younger were exposed to some form of violent victimization at home or in the community in the past year; 50% had more than one exposure; and 1 in 6 had 6 or more exposures to violence.2 Being exposed to trauma can have significant negative effects on a child’s physical and mental health, social behavior and relationships, and academic achievement.3 The first in a two-part series, this webinar will focus on defining what a trauma-sensitive school is and why a trauma-sensitive approach is needed in educational settings. Presenters will discuss how they see trauma manifest in their settings and why schools are moving towards a more comprehensive approach to addressing trauma. During this webinar we will: 

  • Identify rates and types of student trauma;
  • Discuss the effects of trauma on students, families, and school staff;
  • Describe the core elements of a trauma-sensitive school; and,
  • Learn why educators are increasingly moving to adopt a trauma-sensitive approach.


  • Kathleen Guarino, Senior TA Consultant, American Institutes for Research
  • Angela Weck, District Mental Health Clinician, Hillsborough County Public Schools
  • Sharon Fishel, Education Specialist, Alaska Department of Education & Early Development

Registration: Register for the webinar here.
Please be on the lookout for the save-the-date for part 2 in this series.

[1] Copeland, Keeler, Angold, & Costello, 2007
[2] Finkelhor, Turner, Shattuck, & Hamby, 2015.
[3] Perfect et al., 2016