CTIPP: Grassroots Advocacy & Coalition Building

ATN is a partner with the Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice (CTIPP).  This non-profit, started in 2015 focuses on advocating for local, statewide and national transformation to build a trauma-informed society that supports individuals, families, organizations, communities and systems to adapt to adversity and stress in healthy and productive ways.  ATN staff and board […]

TSS2023 was the BEST Trauma-Informed Educators Conference Yet!

Over 1400 educators from all across the United States and at least 4 other countries participated in this conference, now in its 6th year. In Houston, the conference began with an interactive session led by Chazz Lewis (what’s his name? Mr. Chazz!)  Monday’s general session was led by Dr. Lori Desautels and Tuesday’s general session […]

Meet Bill Zee

William Zee, JD, MSEd

Bill is the Chair of the Education Law Group at Appel, Yost & Zee, LLP in Lancaster, PA. He has over 15 years of experience in school and special education law. An educator by degree and a survivor of early childhood adversity, Bill is very passionate about making schools trauma-responsive and supporting educators on this […]

Meet Keisha Varnell-Coleman

Keisha Varnell , MPH

Keisha Varnell serves as Director of Program Operations at Methodist Children’s Home in Jackson MS. As an advocate for children in the child welfare system Keisha is passionate about empowering foster youth to become change-makers in the child welfare system because she believes they are the experts whose voices should be at the center of […]

Meet Tracy Leonard

Tracy Leonard, MFA, MA

Tracy Leonard is the Content and Partnerships Manager at Darkness to Light. She has been a Stewards of Children® Authorized Facilitator since 2014, a Certified Instructor since 2016, and was named Instructor of the Year in 2021. She earned her BA in psychology from Albion College, an MFA from the Professional Theatre Training Program at […]

Meet Nicole Tuchinda

Nicole Tuchinda, MD, JD, LLM

Nicole is an Assistant Professor at Loyola University in New Orleans and is devoted to improving the lives of vulnerable young children. Her work and education has centered around juvenile/children law and special education law as well as medical/legal partnerships. At the Georgetown University Law Center, as a Clinical Teaching Fellow, Nicole collaborated with lawyers, […]

New Year – New Books

If your 2023 New Year’s Resolution is to read more trauma-informed, resilience-building books, we at the Attachment & Trauma Network have a list of some of our favorite reads that you may want to check out. These books run the gamut of purposes, audiences, and styles.  The one thing they have in common is they’re […]

Compliance to Compassion: ATN & AASR Support Teachers in Virtual Event

Compliance to Compassion October 14, 2022

The past two years have been so very challenging.  As we start yet another school year, we know that we’ve seen an increase in stress-related/trauma-related behaviors.  The focus on “managing” behavior in many schools is failing children and the educators who serve them.  This full-day virtual event will focus on hope, reframing our lenses and compassionate […]

CTIPP Policy Announcement


ATN is excited to announce that the US House Appropriations Committee has included $1 billion toward school mental health staff and language for trauma-informed schools.  The bill is headed toward the US House for a full vote and then on to the Senate. The Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy & Practice (CTIPP) was instrumental in getting […]

Thanks for a GREAT TSS2022ATN

ATN Staff at the TSS 2022 Conference

The 5th Annual Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools Conference was a fantastic example of being flexible and relational on so many levels.  This year’s conference was an asynchronous hybrid, meaning that some attendees joined us in-person in Houston for our pre-conference sessions and the Sunday- Tuesday portion of the conference.  Then even more took part in our […]