Trauma-Sensitive Schools Training Package

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Schools play a significant role in supporting the health and well-being of children and youth, including those affected by traumatic experiences. In a trauma-sensitive school, all aspects of the educational environment—from workforce training to engagement with students and families to procedures and policies—are grounded in an understanding of trauma and its impact and are designed to promote resilience for all. 

The Trauma-Sensitive Schools Training Package offers school and district administrators and staff a framework and roadmap for adopting a trauma-sensitive approach school- or district wide. The Training Package includes a variety of resources for educating school staff about trauma and trauma-sensitive practices and for providing school leaders with a step-by-step process for implementing a universal, trauma-informed approach using package materials. School and district leaders are encouraged to begin by reviewing the Implementation Guide for an overview of the package components and their intended use.

Training Package Components At-A-Glance

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Implementation Guide. This guide summarizes the intent of the Trauma-Sensitive Schools Training Package, describes the components, and provides suggestions for how and when to use the package materials.

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Understanding Trauma and Its Impact. This component of the Training Package includes resources for educating all school staff about the prevalence of trauma, its impact on children and youth, and implications for schools. Materials include an interactive e-resource and companion slide presentation and activity packet. 

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Building Trauma-Sensitive Schools. This component of the Training Package includes resources for introducing all school staff to the concept of trauma-sensitive schools, why it is important to adopt a trauma-sensitive approach, and trauma-sensitive practices for use in the classroom and schoolwide. Materials include an online module, downloadable handouts, and a facilitation guide with suggestions for how to use the materials for in-person training.

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Leading Trauma-Sensitive Schools. This component of the Training Package is intended for school leaders and introduces a framework and process for adopting a trauma-sensitive approach schoolwide, including guidance for how to roll-out other package components. Materials include an online module and companion action guide that outline steps for developing school-based implementation plans, along with a facilitation guide with suggestions for how to use the materials for in-person leader training.

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* These documents provide strategies applicable to public schools and districts, including charter authorizers, charter management organizations, education management organizations, individual charter schools, and charter local educational agencies.

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