The impact of childhood trauma and chronic stress is one of the most pressing issues facing educators and society at large. Traumatic stress can arise from a variety of sources: bullying, violence – even the day-to-day exposure to events such as divorce or homelessness. Recent traumatic events such as the school shootings in Parkland (FL), Sandy Hook and Columbine call attention to an urgent need for support services to the children and adults impacted by traumatic stress. Building Trauma-Informed schools and communities is critical to gain a deeper understanding of the affects of trauma, and effective strategies that help children and adults heal.
In a trauma-informed school, the adults in the school community are prepared to recognize and respond to those who have been impacted by traumatic stress. Those adults include administrators, teachers, staff, parents, and law enforcement. The goal is to not only provide tools to cope with extreme situations but to create an underlying culture of respect and support.
Components of a Trauma-Informed School
Becoming a trauma-informed school requires an ongoing comprehensive plan to create an environment with clear behavior expectations for everyone, open communication, and a practical understanding of what it means to be trauma-informed. It requires a paradigm shift in how we view and manage student behavior.
There are many ways to weave trauma-informed approaches into the fabric of schools, including strategic planning by administrators, staff training, and direct intervention with traumatized students.
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