Trauma Sensitive Resources

Trauma-Sensitive Schools

Trauma-Sensitive Schools are created via schoolwide trauma-informed practices aimed at helping children feel safebe connected, get regulated and learn. (Alexander, 2016)

Individual trauma results from an event, series of events, or set of circumstances experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or life-threatening with lasting adverse effects on the individual’s functioning and mental, physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being. (SAMHSA)

In Trauma Sensitive Schools, educators:

  • Realize the impact of adverse childhood experiences on neurobiological development and attachment
  • Recognize the impact trauma on learning and behavior
  • Respond by building resilience and avoiding re-traumatization
  • Create a culture that prioritizes:
    • Safety – ensuring physical and emotional safety
    • Trustworthiness – being dependable, reliable, and authentic; delivering results
    • Choice – prioritizing choice, choices and options for people who have had control taken away, make a big difference
    • Collaboration – maximizing collaboration
    • Empowerment – prioritizing voice, empowerment and skill-building

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)