Trauma and Trauma-Sensitive Schools

This page features a number of external and FFF resources on childhood trauma, responding to trauma and trauma-sensitive schools. Click the "For educators" box below to limit search results to those resources that may be particularly helpful to school personnel. In addition to services and supports at schools, Virginia regional Community Services Boards offer behavioral health services for children and families. Emergency services and crisis response are among the supports offered by CSBs. Local CSBs can be found at https://dbhds.virginia.gov/community-services-boards-csbs .

Trauma Training Videos & Fact Sheets: Trauma Sensitive Approaches for Home and School

Trauma Sensitive Approaches for Home and School videos– produced by Formed Families Forward as part of our work with the Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports project. Under 10 minutes in length, each video provides an introduction to critical trauma content.

The videos include:
1) Understanding Trauma
2) Responding to Trauma
3) Building Trauma-Sensitive Schools

Three fact sheets are designed to support the Trauma Sensitive Responses at Home and School video series.

Individual Fact Sheets are available as separate documents, and all three fact sheets in one document. Accessible text versions of all fact sheets are also available in English and Spanish.

 

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    Video Series

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    Fact Sheets for Videos 1 through 3

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    Video 1 Fact Sheet Understanding Trauma

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    Video 2 Fact Sheet Responding to Trauma

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    Video 3 Fact Sheet Trauma Sensitive Schools

  • PDF, Trauma Training Videos & Fact Sheets: Trauma Sensitive Approaches for Home and School

    Video 1 Fact Sheet Understanding Trauma accessible version

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    Video 2 Fact Sheet Responding to Trauma accessible version

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    Video 3 Fact Sheet Trauma Sensitive Schools accessible version

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    SPANISH Video 1 Fact Sheet accessible version

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    SPANISH Video 2 Fact Sheet accessible version

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    SPANISH Video 3 Fact Sheet accessible version

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    ARABIC Video 1 Fact Sheet

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    ARABIC Video 2 Fact Sheet

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    ARABIC Video 3 Fact Sheet


Trauma Training Videos from FFF – Trauma Sensitive Approaches for Home and School

Trauma Sensitive Approaches for Home and School videosproduced by Formed Families Forward as part of our work with the Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports project. Under 10 minutes in length, each video provides an introduction to critical trauma content. 

The videos include:
1) Understanding Trauma
2) Responding to Trauma
3) Building Trauma-Sensitive Schools

  • Website, Trauma Training Videos from FFF – Trauma Sensitive Approaches for Home and School


Addressing Student and Educator Trauma from REL Appalachia

From the Regional Educational Lab (REL) Appalachia Cross-State Collaborative, several resources from Spring 2020 on Addressing Student and Educator Trauma.

  • Document, Addressing Student and Educator Trauma from REL Appalachia

    Menu of Trauma Informed Programs for Schools

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    Common Trauma Symptoms and Strategies for Educators

  • Document, Addressing Student and Educator Trauma from REL Appalachia

    Resources on Addressing Student and Educator Trauma from REL Appalachia


Trauma-Sensitive Schools Learning Modules

Trauma-Sensitive Schools Learning Modules from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

  • Website, Trauma-Sensitive Schools Learning Modules


Regulation “Clip Chart” Tools

Tools for supporting elementary and for middle and high school students in self-regulation. From Heather Forbes, Beyond Consequences Institute.

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    Regulation Tool for Middle and High School

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    Regulation Tool for Elementary School


Applying a Trauma-Informed Framework to the IEP Process: From Referral to Development

This book from LRP Publications, dated 2020, takes a step-by-step approach to addressing trauma as a part of IEP development — from referral to family engagement, report writing, and IEP design and implementation. Authors offer guidance to develop effective, compliant IEPs for these vulnerable students.. The book is available for purchase. FFF has a copy, feel free to contact us to learn more about the book or borrow at our office.

  • Book, Applying a Trauma-Informed Framework to the IEP Process: From Referral to Development

    Link to Book, LRP Publications


How to Address Your Child’s Concerns about COVID

This Fact Sheet from Formed Families Forward in July 2020 pulls from a number of mental health and education resources to share specific strategies and suggested language to use with preschool children, school-age students and adolescents to address concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.

We thank our summer 2020 interns from GMU Clare Yordy and Austin Guske for their contributions to this resource.

  • Factsheet, How to Address Your Child’s Concerns about COVID


Systems of Trauma: Racial Trauma issue brief from FACT Va

From Family and Children’s Trust Fund of Virginia, this issue brief focuses on defining and exploring racial trauma and cites examples of approaches used in Virginia communities to proactively address racial trauma.

  • PDF, Systems of Trauma: Racial Trauma issue brief from FACT Va


Northern Post Adoption Regional Consortium

Funded by Va Department of Social Services, the Northern Post Adoption Regional Consortium offers case management, crisis supports, training, and other services for post-adoptive families. It is a partnership between The Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.), enCircle, Children’s Home Society and NACAC to offer post adoption services and supports.

All families who have finalized adoptions of children ages birth through 18 years and reside in Virginia are eligible for services at no cost. This includes families that have adopted domestically, internationally and through foster care.

  • PDF, Northern Post Adoption Regional Consortium

    Consortium Flyer for families

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    Consortium Flyer for professionals

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Developmental Trauma Close Up

From Beacon House UK, this article offers images and information that reviews key characteristics and impacts of developmental trauma.

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    Close Up report


Pandemic Parenting: Brain Science, Help and Hope

This webinar from Formed Families Forward was broadcast live on May 18, 2020. Find the full recording, and 5 accompanying handouts here.

  • Webinar, Pandemic Parenting: Brain Science, Help and Hope

    Recording of Pandemic Parenting webinar

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    Pandemic Parenting webinar slides

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    NCTSN Fact sheet: Supporting Children during COVID

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    Self Care Assessment

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    FFF Trauma Videos flyer

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    FFF Trauma Videos fact sheets


Integrating and Installing Trauma Informed Approach within PBIS Framework

Trauma training modules from MidWest PBIS Network.

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Helping Children Cope After a Traumatic Event

From the Child Mind Institute.

In the wake of a traumatic event, your comfort, support and reassurance can make children feel safe, help them manage their fears, guide them through their grief, and help them recover in a healthy way. This guide was assembled by psychiatrists, psychologists and mental health experts who specialize in crisis situations. It offers simple tips on what to expect, what to do and what to look out for.

  • Website, Helping Children Cope After a Traumatic Event


Childhood Trauma: Understanding, Supporting, and Preventing online modules

A self-paced online module,  created by the Military Families Learning Network’s Early Intervention team to explore childhood trauma, disability, and trauma-informed practices in early childhood settings.

The interactive module includes four units that cover the prevalence and impact of trauma, manifestation of trauma in young children, providing trauma-informed supports, and preventing future trauma.  It is designed to be a high-level overview of the topic and a starting point for professionals working with young children and their families.

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Trauma-Informed IEPs: Differential Diagnosis and Trauma-Informed Assessment in Schools webinar slides

Slides from a 2011 National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) webinar presented by M. Elizabeth Ralston, PhD, Dee Norton Lowcounty Children’s Center
Lisa J. Bernard, EdS, Charleston County School District
Ben Atchison, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Western Michigan University
Audra Langley, PhD, UCLA

Full webinar recording is available at https://learn.nctsn.org/mod/nctsnwebinar/view.php?id=9454

  • PDF, Trauma-Informed IEPs: Differential Diagnosis and Trauma-Informed Assessment in Schools webinar slides

    Webinar slides


Children’s Trauma Assessment Center at Western Michigan Univ

The Southwest Michigan Children’s Trauma Assessment Center was established to provide assessments for children who have experienced trauma and adverse childhood experiences. The CTAC team also provides professional training and coordinates projects in order to create trauma-informed systems and services.

The Center’s website includes a variety of resources as well as information about how to access the Center’s services.

  • Website, Children’s Trauma Assessment Center at Western Michigan Univ


Books for Children and Youth about Adoption and Foster Care

The CreatingAFamily.org website compiles a list of fiction and nonfiction books about foster care and adoption. Books are described and suggested age ranges are listed. Books for adults are also suggested.

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    Suggested books for children, youth and adults on foster care

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    Suggested books for children, youth and adults on adoption


Trauma Informed Systems Change Instrument

This 19-item measure assesses agency and individual factors related to trauma-informed systems. Appropriate for education, family, child welfare, health and other services systems. The linked article provides psychometric data re: the instrument.

  • PDF, Trauma Informed Systems Change Instrument

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    Richardson et al., journal article re TCSCI


Trauma Sensitive School Checklist

This schools checklist is designed by
Lesley University, Center for Special Education and the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative of Massachusetts Advocates for Children and the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School

  • PDF, Trauma Sensitive School Checklist


Trauma Informed Agency Self-Assessment

From the Linking Systems of Care for Children Virginia project.

The Trauma Informed Agency Self-Assessment was created for agencies and organizations from a variety of fields (child welfare, behavioral health, public health, juvenile justice, education, early childhood development, housing, and victim advocacy) to assess where they fall in a continuum of trauma-informed care and to engage them in a process of setting agency improvement goals.

  • Toolkit, Trauma Informed Agency Self-Assessment

    Trauma Informed Agency Self Assessment tool


FACT of Virginia trauma resources

These resources from Family and Children’s Trust Fund (FACT) of Virginia include issue briefs exploring trauma and trauma-informed care, including trauma informed schools.

 

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    FACT of Virginia issue briefs


Trauma-Informed Practices: Considerations for the IEP meeting

This fact sheet from Kennedy Krieger Institute offers suggestions of trauma-sensitive practices and procedures for preparing for and holding Individual Educational Program (IEP) meetings.  The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that students who access special education services have a documented IEP.

  • Factsheet, Trauma-Informed Practices: Considerations for the IEP meeting