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.

Trauma Training Video Fact Sheets from FFF: Trauma Sensitive Approaches for Home and School

This set of three fact sheets are designed to support the Trauma Sensitive Responses at Home and School video series, available below.

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.

  • Factsheet, Trauma Training Video Fact Sheets from FFF: Trauma Sensitive Approaches for Home and School

    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

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    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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    Video Series


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


Resource Collection on Trauma Informed Care

This comprehensive collection of resources (documents, webinars, videos, websites) on childhood trauma, trauma-informed care, trauma sensitive schools  and more is organized by topic. Topical collections include:

  • Basic Information about Trauma
  • What is Trauma Informed Care?
  • Trauma and Specific Populations
  • Building Trauma Informed Schools
  • Responding to Disasters

From the national Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR).

  • Website, Resource Collection on Trauma Informed Care


Children and Trauma: What Can You Do? FFF Fact Sheet

Child traumatic stress refers to the physical and emotional responses of a child to events that threaten the life or physical integrity of the child or of someone critically important to the child (such as a parent or sibling). Traumatic events can overwhelm a child’s capacity to cope. Children may feel terror and powerlessness; they may act out. The fact sheet provides information to understand the types of trauma, potential responses to the trauma and ways to support a child who has experienced trauma.

  • Factsheet, Children and Trauma: What Can You Do? FFF Fact Sheet


Responding to Children Impacted by Trauma FFF fact sheet

It is often difficult for parents and caregivers to know how best to respond to their children’s behavioral and emotional needs. Download our fact sheet for proven strategies for responding to children impacted by trauma.

  • Factsheet, Responding to Children Impacted by Trauma FFF fact sheet


Information on Trauma-Informed Care
February 01, 2015

There are 10 types of childhood trauma measured in the ACE Study. Information on Trauma-Informed Care from Dr. Allison Sampson-Jackson.

  • Worksheet, Information on Trauma-Informed Care


Understanding Trauma in Children and Youth video

From the Fairfax Trauma-Informed Care Network

This session gives a primer on the lasting effects of trauma, and provides practical strategies for developing positive coping skills in children and youth with a history of trauma. Participants will enhance their ability to understand and handle challenging behavior in young people and learn how to develop a trauma-informed environment, focusing on strategies that minimize triggers and emphasize effective, asset-focused behavior management.

  • Website, Understanding Trauma in Children and Youth video

  • Webinar, Understanding Trauma in Children and Youth video


Hope & Healing through Animal Assisted Therapy

This booklet provides an overview of animal assisted therapy approaches and therapeutic benefits. Additional resources are cited.

  • Document, Hope & Healing through Animal Assisted Therapy


Attachment and Trauma Network website

At the Attachment & Trauma Network, it is our mission to: Promote healing of traumatized children and their families through support, education and advocacy. The Attachment & Trauma Network (ATN) is the nation’s oldest parent-led organization supporting families of traumatized children.

  • Website, Attachment and Trauma Network website


Helping Foster and Adoptive Parents Cope with Trauma

Helping Foster and Adoptive Parents Cope with Trauma from the American Academy of Pediatrics

  • Guide, Helping Foster and Adoptive Parents Cope with Trauma


Fact Sheet on Recognizing Trauma
June 01, 2017

What is Trauma?

Trauma is a deeply distressing or disturbing experience that may overwhelm an individual’s ability to cope.

Potentially traumatic events may include:

  • Abuse (physical, sexual or emotional)
  • Neglect
  • Effects of poverty (homelessness, food insecurity)
  • Witnessing domestic violence/abuse
  • Separation from a loved one
  • War zone or refugee experience
  • Natural or man-made disaster

Fact Sheet on Recognizing Trauma from SCAN of Northern Virginia

  • Factsheet, Fact Sheet on Recognizing Trauma


1-2-3 Care – A Trauma-Sensitive Toolkit for Caregivers of Children

The 1-2-3 Care Toolkit is intended to support caregivers on their journey towards trauma sensitivity. It is organized by topic, each offering a brief overview, specific tools that can be used with children, and where to find more information. Also included are handouts that can be used as teaching aids.

1-2-3 Care – A Trauma-Sensitive Toolkit for Caregivers of Children from Spokane WA Regional Health District

  • Toolkit, 1-2-3 Care – A Trauma-Sensitive Toolkit for Caregivers of Children


Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Trauma

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

 

  • Website, Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Trauma

  • Factsheet, Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Trauma


CAPPD: Practical Interventions to Help Children Affected by Trauma guide

CAPPD is an acronym developed by the Multiplying Connections Initiative that stands for CALM, ATTUNED, PRESENTPREDICTABLE and DON’T Let the Child’s emotions escalate your own.

CAPPD: Practical Interventions to Help Children Affected by Trauma guide is put together by the Health Federation of Philadelphia

  • Website, CAPPD: Practical Interventions to Help Children Affected by Trauma guide


Special Issue of Therapeutic Parenting Journal
December 22, 2015
ATN Therapeutic Parenting Journal, December 2015, Issue #5, is a Special Issue of Therapeutic Parenting Journal focused on Trauma-Sensitive Schools
  • Website, Special Issue of Therapeutic Parenting Journal


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.

  • Factsheet, SCAN Fact Sheet on Trauma-Informed Organizations


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

  • Factsheet, NCTSN Fact Sheet on Complex Trauma

    Complex Trauma in Children and Adolescents

  • Website, NCTSN Fact Sheet on Complex Trauma

    National Child Traumatic Stress Network


Trauma-Sensitive Schools Learning Modules

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

  • Website, Trauma-Sensitive Schools Learning Modules


Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators

Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators from NCTSN

  • Website, Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators

  • Toolkit, Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators


Trauma Informed Classrooms article
February 01, 2016

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

  • Report, Trauma Informed Classrooms article


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

  • Video, Improving School Climate for Children in Foster Care


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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