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Introducing Concordia’s New Concentration: Trauma & Resilience in Educational Settings

By Concordia's Enrollment Team January 10, 2018

One of your students has started acting out in class. Another is suddenly reserved. You’re observing these changes in their behavior and academic performance, but you can’t figure out why. Among the many possible explanations? Trauma. Perhaps they’re dealing with a traumatic event outside of your classroom walls—like their parents getting divorced, a parent going off to war, or abuse. And if you discover that is the case, they could seriously use your help.

For them, school may be their safe space, and you’re in the unique position as their educator to be able to help them on so many levels. But it’s a sticky topic for sure, with lots of delicate situations to navigate. That’s where Concordia’s new concentration comes in. You can now earn your MEd in Curriculum & Instruction with a concentration in Trauma & Resilience in Educational Settings.

By spending a year in our completely online program, you can change the fate of a child—all while learning how to better take care of yourself too. Learn more about this timely and relevant concentration below.

Why we created a trauma concentration

The numbers are alarming, unfortunate, and begging for action. Here are some statistics from the Mental Health Connection of Tarrant County:

  • 60 percent of adults report experiencing abuse or difficult circumstances during their childhoods.
  • More than 60 percent of children 17 and younger have been exposed to crime, violence, and abuse either directly or indirectly.
  • 26 percent of children in the U.S. will witness or experience a traumatic event before they turn four.
  • 4 out of 10 children in the U.S. said they experienced physical assault during the last year.
  • 1 in 4 children last year experienced robbery, vandalism, or theft.
  • 1 in 5 children witnessed violence in their family or neighborhood during the last year.

Studies show that children exposed to trauma are more likely to attempt suicide, become an alcoholic, use drugs, and have depression. But by learning how to recognize and respond to students affected by trauma, you won’t just change their school experiences—you can change their lives.

Another catalyst is the fact that anyone working with someone who has experienced trauma is at risk of developing secondary traumatic stress. Educators are already dealing with so much. We designed this concentration to incorporate tools and techniques you can use to ease your own mind and prevent burnout. Plus, taking better care of yourself will help you lead better and respond more compassionately to struggling students.

Who our trauma concentration is for

The truth is, anyone who works in a school could benefit from this program. These kids need a teacher, a principal, a counselor, a school nurse—anyone—who knows how to recognize and respond to trauma.

If you’re eager to bring life-changing knowledge to your school and lead the way in developing strategies for recognizing, understanding, and responding to toxic stress and trauma in your school and community, this master’s program is right up your alley.

What you’ll learn about trauma and resilience

Our timely, relevant concentration is built around the most recent trauma statistics and trends. You’ll learn how to create trauma-sensitive practices and resilience, trauma-sensitive classrooms, and a trauma-sensitive school. Additionally, you’ll learn how to care for yourself through it all.

Courses for this concentration include:

  • Trauma-Sensitive Practices and Resilience
  • Trauma-Sensitive Classrooms
  • Creating a Trauma-Sensitive School
  • Professional Practice and Leadership in Trauma and Resilience

Take an easy next step

Want to read more about our new program, and find out how you could apply what you learn in your specific educational setting? Our program brochure is the best place to start.

Download the program brochure