Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools
Led by Trauma-Informed Educators
Devoted to creating school-wide trauma-sensitive reform
Professional Development Programs For Educators
ATN’s Trauma-Sensitive Schools Initiative is devoted to creating school-wide trauma-sensitive reform. Our experienced educators and those with expertise in early childhood trauma are working together to develop Professional Development Programs For Educators to help them:
- Understand the effects of early childhood trauma and/or separation on neurobiological development.
- Learn how early trauma impacts learning and behavior.
- Discover the motivation behind students’ behaviors by using Trauma-Informed Behavioral Assessments.
- Learn instructional strategies that help to heal the neurobiological impact of early childhood trauma.
- Explore classroom strategies that develop resiliency and improve learning outcomes for ALL children.
- Develop Trauma-Sensitive school-wide approaches to discipline.
This Professional Development Training can be done with any size group of:
- Social Workers
- Resource Officers
ATN’s TSS Team is also available for short and long-term consultation and strategic planning.
Looking for Professional Development?
Our TSS Team works with YOU to Provide the Training Your Educators Need
Recognize ACEs • Realize the impact • Build Resilience
Trauma-Sensitive Schools are ones where the 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
(Perry & Daniels, 2016; SAMSHA, 2015)
Creating a Trauma Sensitive School is about creating a culture that prioritizes safety, trust, choice, and collaboration. Within a trauma-sensitive school, everyone (e.g., teachers, administrators, support staff, paraprofessionals, cafeteria staff, bus drivers, etc.) learns about the prevalence and impact of trauma in the lives of children and families. This awareness motivates and guides the examination and transformation of the school environment, policy/practice, educational strategies, staff training, and family involvement, etc. to ensure that children impacted by trauma can learn and be successful. (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 2015)
Trauma-Sensitive Schools are created via schoolwide trauma-informed practices aimed at helping children feel safe, be connected, get regulated and learn. (Alexander, 2016)
Learn more about our Educating Traumatized Children Summit– 23 audio recordings from experts in the field of Trauma-Sensitive Schools.
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How much do you know about ATN? As a new member of the Attachment and Trauma Network Board of Directors, I have discovered some amazing things. I knew some of this from joining ATN two years ago and speaking at the first two Creating Trauma Sensitive Schools Conferences. However, joining the board has definitely reinforced it!
ATN’s Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools Conference 2019 exceeded expectations in so many ways The program grew from just over 500 attendees last year to over 1200 educators this year from every state in the US and several countries around the world. Over 70 workshops were full (sometimes too full) and conference-goers could take advantage of 11
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