Understanding Trauma and Its Impact

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Understanding Trauma and Its Impact

Educating all school staff on trauma and its effects on students, families, and staff is an essential first step towards becoming a trauma-sensitive school. The resources included in the Understanding Trauma and Its Impact component of the Training Package are designed to provide all school and district staff with a shared awareness and understanding of the prevalence and impact of trauma and implications for schools. Resources include an interactive e-resource and a companion slide presentation and activity packet for in-person training.



1. Understanding Trauma and Its Impact E-Resource for Educators

This interactive resource provides all staff with information about what trauma is and who is affected; how the brain and body respond to stress and threat; the impact of exposure to trauma; and how schools are affected by trauma. The e-resource is designed to be viewed independently by school staff on their preferred electronic device (computer or tablet).

2. Understanding Trauma and Its Impact

This slide presentation and activity packet parallel the e-resource content and are designed for in-person training to reinforce concepts from the e-resource and encourage group discussion and learning. These resources can be used in their entirety or divided into shorter training segments depending on time available for professional development. The activity packet includes pre- and post-knowledge surveys and a training satisfaction survey for assessing impact.

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