Leading Trauma-Sensitive Schools

The Leading Trauma-Sensitive Schools component of the Training Package is designed for school and district administrators and other school staff helping to lead efforts to adopt a trauma-sensitive approach. Resources are designed to help leaders:

  • Prepare to adopt a trauma-sensitive approach;
  • Envision their trauma-sensitive school;
  • Align trauma sensitivity with other approaches; and
  • Sustain trauma sensitivity.

Resources include an online module and companion action guide for leaders, along with a facilitation guide that includes suggestions for how to conduct in-person training with leaders using these materials.



1. Leading Trauma-Sensitive Schools Online Module

This online module introduces school and district administrators and leadership teams to a roadmap and strategies for adopting a trauma-sensitive approach schoolwide, including how and when to use other package components. The module outlines a multi-phased process for preparing, envisioning, aligning, and sustaining a trauma-sensitive approach. The module and companion action guide can be viewed at once or in shorter segments.

2. Leading Trauma-Sensitive Schools Action Guide

This action guide includes assessment and planning tools for supporting schools in adopting a trauma-sensitive approach and is intended to be used in conjunction with the online module.  

3. Leading Trauma-Sensitive Schools Facilitation Guide

This facilitation guide provides suggestions for how to conduct in-person leader training using the online module and action guide.