Research indicates that 25-45% of all youth attending school have been exposed to a traumatic event. For some children, these experiences result in a trauma response that can lead to a cascade of social, emotional, and academic difficulties that can interfere with a child’s ability to learn at school. This sometimes can escalate to unpredictable behavior and/or social withdrawal. Trauma sensitivity will look different at every school. However, a shared definition of what it means to be a trauma-sensitive school can bring educators, parents, and community members together around a common vision. Participants of this presentation will learn how Trauma-Sensitive schools can build on systemic efforts by providing universal (tier 1) supports across the school environment. Together we will explore targeted strategies (tier 2) and individual interventions (tier 3) that can help a child who has been traumatized. Self-care of school staff and teachers is a must when dealing with students who are impacted by trauma. We will discuss a self-care plan for educators to implement so they can avoid secondary trauma and burnout. Resources that are available for low or no cost will be shared with participants.
Location: Balsz Community Center (4309 E Belleview | Phoenix, AZ)
Time: Registration starts at 4:30pm; Training from 5:00-7:00pm