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 to 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 http://www.dbhds.virginia.gov/community-services-boards-csbs.

SCAN Fact Sheet on Trauma-Informed Organizations

What does it mean to be trauma informed? Trauma informed organizations make a commitment to understand trauma, how to respond to trauma, and how it affects those they work with. Being trauma informed is an organizational cultural change.

Fact Sheet on Trauma-Informed Organizations from SCAN of Northern Virginia.

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NCTSN Fact Sheet on Complex Trauma
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    Complex trauma: facts for caregivers

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    Complex Trauma in Children and Adolescents

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    National Child Traumatic Stress Network


Trauma-Sensitive Schools Learning Modules

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

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Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators

Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators from NCTSN

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Trauma Informed Classrooms article
February 01, 2016

Trauma Informed Classrooms article by Brian Cavanaugh, University of Maine at Farmington

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Improving School Climate for Children in Foster Care

Improving School Climate for Children in Foster Care webinar from the Legal Center on Foster Care and Education

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Video: Tips for teachers

Tips For Teachers from the Wisconsin Coalition for Children, Youth and Families share great suggestions for how teachers can adapt some typical class assignments.

Mary Grossnickle from The Coalition for Children, Youth and Families explain how teachers can adapt some typical class assignments to include any children they have who may be in out-of-home care or who have been adopted.

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Books: Trauma-Sensitive Schools: Learning Communities Transforming Children’s Lives, K-5

Trauma-informed practices in schools by Susan E. Craig: Trauma-Sensitive Schools: Learning Communities Transforming Children’s Lives, K-5

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Unlocking the Door to Learning: Trauma-Informed Classrooms and Transformational Schools
December 01, 2014

Unlocking the Door to Learning: Trauma-Informed Classrooms and Transformational Schools from Education Law Center, PA.

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Getting Curious (Not Furious) with Students
June 01, 2016

Getting Curious (Not Furious) with Students classroom management article on Edutopia.

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Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Abuse or Neglect

Factsheets for Families from The Children’s Bureau, HHS: Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Abuse or Neglect

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Books: Reaching and Teaching Children Who Hurt

Trauma-informed practices in schools by Susan E. Craig: Reaching and Teaching Children Who Hurt

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Parenting After Trauma- Guide for Foster and Adoptive Parent

Parenting After Trauma- Guide for Foster and Adoptive Parents from the American Academy of Pediatrics

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    Parenting After Trauma- Guide for Foster and Adoptive Parents


Helping Traumatized Children Learn

The Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative’s (TLPI) mission is to ensure that children traumatized by exposure to family violence and other adverse childhood experiences succeed in school.  To accomplish this mission, TLPI engages in a host of advocacy strategies including: providing support to schools to become trauma sensitive environments;  research and report writing;  legislative and administrative advocacy for laws, regulations and policies that support schools to develop trauma-sensitive environments; coalition building; outreach and education; and limited individual case representation in special education where a child’s traumatic experiences are interfacing with his or her disabilities.

The Helping Traumatized Children Learn website from Massachusetts Advocates for Children.

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Trauma-Informed Care

BS International’s Disability Services Center and Georgetown University’s National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health have created an educational tool to help build state-by-state and provider capacity to serve children and youth who have experienced trauma.

Trauma-Informed Care resources and videos from the National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health at Georgetown University.

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Parenting a Child Who Has Been Sexually Abused: A Guide for Foster and Adoptive Parents

Factsheets for Families from The Children’s Bureau, HHS: Parenting a Child Who Has Been Sexually Abused: A Guide for Foster and Adoptive Parents

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Recognizing Trauma fact sheet
January 01, 2015

From the Fairfax Trauma-Informed Care Network

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A Guide to Educating Children, Youth and Families about Trauma and Resilience

From the Fairfax Trauma-Informed Care Network: A Guide to Educating Children, Youth and Families about Trauma and Resilience

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Using Trauma-Sensitive Strategies to Support Family Engagement and Effective Collaboration

Using Trauma-Sensitive Strategies to Support Family Engagement and Effective Collaboration, presented by Dr. Elizabeth Meeker and hosted by the National Center for Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE)

  • Webinar, Using Trauma-Sensitive Strategies to Support Family Engagement and Effective Collaboration


Understanding the Impact of Trauma: What to Do at Home and School

Understanding the Impact of Trauma: What to Do at Home and School by FFF Executive Director Kelly Henderson, hosted by PEATC

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