Trauma awareness is the first step in creating a common language among ALL school staff regarding the impact trauma has on youth. This training is designed to be inclusive of everyone in the school system including but not limited to teachers, assistants, clerical, food service, custodial, bus drivers, guest teachers, pupil services and administrators. Being trauma aware does not automatically translate to creating a trauma responsive community. However, trauma awareness is a building block to creating systems change in schools to become trauma responsive.
This training is modeled after the Breakthrough Series Collaborative Methodology in which teams of people learn what child traumatic stress is and how its impact on children interferes with students’ ability to function academically and socially/emotionally in a school environment. Teams will practice seeing baffling behaviors as symptoms of traumatic exposure, engage in action periods to test out alternative ways to respond to those behaviors at all three PBIS tiers, and then share strategies & lessons learned in role specific (affinity) groups to ensure cross district/building peer-based learning. In addition, community partners creating trauma informed systems of care will also participate in the training to create collaborative partnerships to best serve students. This comprehensive training provides 18 hours of instruction as well as implementation informed action periods between sessions.
You have individuals in your schools providing trauma informed care. This training is designed to build on the passion and energy of those leaders as you work to ensure your school is experienced as trauma responsive by all students, staff and families. This training will provide targeted learning, coaching and consultation for those who assume a leadership role in creating and sustaining a trauma responsive school environment. Topics will include implementation of responsive practices, use of organizational assessments to guide and monitor progress, cultivating relationships necessary for systemic change, identification of areas for improvements, and forming concrete plans for continuing to build and maintain contextually relevant responsive practices.
For information, contact WSCA Executive Director, Stacy Eslick.