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Trauma-Informed Practices in School:

Teaching & Self-Care Resources

The National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) reports that nearly 50 percent of the children in the United States have experienced “at least one or more types of serious childhood trauma.” Many of the challenging behavior seen inside classrooms stem from stress or trauma in students’ lives outside the classroom. Trauma, both physical and emotional, can alter a young person’s brain functions, which in turn, impacts learning and behavior.

Poverty, violence, abuse, food insecurity, and home instability are just a few causes of brain-altering stress. Teachers and educators interact with students for the longest periods of time throughout the day, and they play a critical role in recognizing the symptoms of trauma and treating it at the school level. Students don’t need to stumble through emotional minefields. Let’s give them a map using trauma-informed tools.

And it’s not only students dealing with stress – teachers feel the burden too. Heavy workloads, challenging behavior, and lack of support are just some of the issues today’s teachers handle daily. Between grading papers, lesson planning, and tempering extra-special energy that students are buzzing with, it’s very difficult for teachers to unplug. But it’s so important that they do. Long-term emotional frazzling causes elevation in stress hormones that lead to mood killers and health issues in teachers’ personal lives. Educators can overcome the burnout, but they need the right tools.

Here’s a collection of trauma-informed resources and training that provides help for managing stress at school. Learn techniques for long-term self-care and ways to tackle challenging behavior caused by trauma.

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Teacher Self-Care Best Practices

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Trauma-Informed Approach to Behaviors in the Classroom​

The trauma-informed approach provides students with emotional tools to build their capacity for healthy relationships, more focused learning, and greater happiness. Teaching students about stress responses and resilience can help them better recognize their emotions, cope with trauma, and reach out for help before they act out—freeing them from emotional roadblocks so they can learn more readily and thrive in classrooms. The resources below provide informative guidelines for implementing the trauma-informed approach for positive results.

Trauma-Informed Professional Development

Become a school, district, or community leader with the understanding and use of trauma-informed and resilience-building practices while also studying the importance of self-care. 

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