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Mental Health and Trauma Training for School Nurses

Building the capacity of school nurses to meet the needs of students coping with trauma 


School districts across the nation are struggling to address the rise in trauma-related concerns resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. This is in addition to supporting the many students who were struggling to cope with interpersonal traumas that existed before the pandemic.

The National Association of School Psychologists estimates that the COVID-19 pandemic will result in an overall doubling or tripling of students experiencing psychological distress. This means that schools will need to be much more creative in increasing their capacity to meet students' social and emotional needs, and promote psychological well-being. Without intentional support, students and staff will struggle to manage the daily interpersonal interactions that create a healthy school climate.


During the 2020-21 academic year we collaborated with Chicago Public Schools to develop this mental health and trauma focused professional development course for school nurses to strengthen the capacity of schools to meet students’ increasing need for mental health support. With targeted professional development school nurses can play a pivotal role in supporting students coping with trauma. 


Course curriculum includes the following topics: 

  1. Framing the Role of School Nurses in School Mental Health and Trauma

  2. Recognizing and Assessing for Signs and Symptoms of Trauma and Mental Health Distress in Children and Youth 

  3. Whole-School Activities and Interventions that can Promote Mental Health

  4. Promoting Mental Health Through Psychoeducation

  5. Understanding and Providing Supportive Responses to Students who Disclose Interpersonal Trauma, Part 1

  6. Understanding and Providing Supportive Responses to Students who Disclose Interpersonal Trauma, Part 2 

  7. Understanding and Providing Supportive Responses to Students Coping with Suicidal Ideations

  8. Understanding and Providing Supportive Responses to Students Coping with Community Violence and/or Violent Loss of Family or Peers 

  9. Recognizing and Supporting Students Who are Using Non-Prescribed Substances to Self-Medicate

  10. Supporting Schools in Institutionalizing Staff Well-Being Through Collective Care



During this course you will learn the key strategies for meeting students' social and emotional needs, especially children who have been deeply impacted by trauma. Course content is broken down into easily digestible units and presented with a blend of multimedia and practice and planning assignments to facilitate engagement.

Course Cost: $35 per person 

Group Enrollment and Purchase Order:

  • Group enrollment by purchase order can be done by emailing

  •  A 25% discounted rate is available for groups of 150 or more.


Completion Certificate and CEUs: 

  • This course has been approved for 10 continuing education units by University of Chicago Medicine’s Department of Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice.

  • Upon completion you will receive a certificate indicating 10 course hours of continuing education learning time.

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


You will have access to the course for 12 months.


Questions: Please contact 

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