First Trauma-Sensitive Schools Training a Success

Melissa Sadin of ATN's Trauma-Sensitive Schools Initiative explains trauma-informed assessment strategies

Melissa Sadin of ATN’s Trauma-Sensitive Schools Initiative explains trauma-informed assessment strategies

June 2016.  ATN’s Trauma-Sensitive Schools (TSS) Initiative hosted our first Professional Development Training June 27 & 28 in Somerville, NJ.  The Superintendent of Somerville Schools, Dr. Tim Purnell was the keynote and spoke on the importance of viewing things through a different lens.  Then ATN’s TSS trainers Melissa Sadin and Jen Alexander provided a full day of training to enable educators to realize the impact of early childhood trauma; recognize traumatized children in their schools; and respond in a trauma-informed, relationship-based way to help children feel safe and learn. Research indicates that 1 out of every 4 children in American classrooms (regardless of poverty, race or other factors) has adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) significant enough to impact their ability to learn.  ATN’s TSS PD Training is offered as either one-day and two-day training sessions that present the prevalence and tools for recognizing trauma and its impact and begin to give educators a framework for shifting to trauma-informed systemic responses.  The TSS Initiative is also available for ongoing consultation for schools and systems implementing trauma-sensitive strategies.  To learn more about ATN’s TSS Initiative, visit or email Melissa Sadin directly ATN’s team will be training in Iowa in early August and at several other districts around the country throughout the 2016-2017 school year.

Julie has been ATN's Executive Director since 2009. She joined the organization in 2004 after finding incredible support from fellow ATNers when she was searching for answers about her own daughter's early childhood trauma and attachment disorders. Julie leads a staff of passionate professionals and acts as spokesperson for the organization. Prior to ATN, Julie was the president of a marketing and communications consultancy, The Epiphany Group, and has over two decades of experience in professional services marketing, strategic planning and communication strategies. As a graduate of Partners in Policymaking and through personal experience, Julie has garnered a great deal of experience in the areas of special education, school issues, and disabilities advocacy. A published author, Julie wrote a chapter in the EMK Press Adoption Parenting book and was the special needs blogger at for two years. She frequently presents workshops on attachment and trauma to local and national groups. Email Julie. Julie holds an MBA from Avila College in Kansas City and was a Certified Professional Services Marketer. Julie, and her husband Dave, are parents to four (bio, step and adoptive), including their youngest daughter, adopted from China. This daughter’s attachment difficulties and developmental trauma disorder have changed their lives significantly…in amazing ways.


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