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Becoming a Trauma Responsive Educator

(July 12 - 14 on Zoom; 9:00AM - 3:00PM CST)

Becoming a trauma responsive educator is about recognizing the signs, responding to the symptoms with developmentally supportive strategies, and having the preparedness to manage your classroom and provide instruction in ways that resist re-traumatizing distressed students.


During this course, alongside other educators, you will learn the science behind the effects of trauma on student behavior and learning. Begin to recognize the signs of trauma and toxic stress. Gain awareness of key aspects of practice necessary to meet the social, emotional, and academic needs of students coping with trauma. Expand your classroom management plan to include preventative and proactive supports. Develop a vision and plan for your trauma responsive classroom by building a toolkit of structures, routines and procedures that attend to your own well-being as well as that of your students.


By the end of the course you will have developed a vision and a plan for how you will utilize trauma responsive practices in your classroom and school. 


Topics Covered:

  • Consequences of Children’s Exposure to Toxic Stress and Trauma

  • Effects of Trauma on Behavior and Learning

  • Comprehensive Trauma Responsive Classroom Management Plan2

  • Mindfulness and Other Tools for Coping with Stress and Trauma

  • Trauma Responsive De-Escalation 

  • Targeted COVID-19 Components

    • Understanding Traumatic Loss and Traumatic Grief

    • Talking with Children and Youth about Trauma 

    • Helping Children Process Worry and Anxiety in the Classroom

    • Fostering Resilience and Bouncing Back After a Crisis 

  • Preventing and Managing Educator Secondary Traumatic Stress

  • Active Engagement with Educator Self-Care 



Course Cost: $200 per person


Completion Certificates and Continuing Education Units: 

  • Upon completion you will receive a certificate indicating 16 course hours of professional development learning time.

  • Awarding of professional development and continuing education credit is determined by your institution. 


Questions: Please contact 

July 12 - 14, 2021
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